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Week 48: 108 bells

Strictly speaking we didn’t complete our project to live the year 2017 “as if it were our last” but, really, each day could be our last, each moment the sky could fall in without warning.

My New Year’s resolutions is simple (and impossible to achieve): May I meet everyone with kindness and respect. May I refrain from doing harm. May my vow to serve all beings include the care of my own heart-mind.

As I’ve done in previous years, I’ll be ringing a bell around midnight 108 times. Traditionally done in Japanese Zen “to get rid of 108 kinds of worldly desires,” I’ll use it to bring to mind people who have touched my heart during this year — whether they live near or far, be friend or foe, deceased or alive — and hold their countenance in my mind’s eye for a precious moment.

May All Beings Be At Ease.


About the Author
Peter lives in Victoria, BC, where he volunteers in health-care. teaches mindfulness meditation, and offers end-of-life care.
  1. Kate Reply

    Happy New Year, Peter! From frigid Maine, this is the first thing I’m reading on New Year’s Day. Blessings.

  2. Isabel Reply

    Happy New Year, Peter! I too will try meeting each day, each person with loving kindness, one day at a time. Fail. And try again. But the more often I fail, the more often I succeed as I regain awareness and try again. Sending love and gratitude!

  3. Julie Byrne Reply

    Happy New Year Peter
    What wonderful resolutions
    I listen to your guided meditations regularly and find your voice soothing.
    I’m in the midst cancer treatments and have found both your posts and meditations a comfort. Thank you

  4. Val MacDonald Reply

    Happy New Year Dear Peter and thank ypu for your posts, your wisdom, and continued inspiration. Deep bow xo

  5. Mylene Reply

    Happy New Year Peter. You are in my heart, such a privilege to read you.

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