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.