In just a few hours we will ring in the New Year and the beginning of a brand-new decade. No matter what frustrations, road blocks, and disappointments you’ve experienced in the past year, 2010 offers a clean slate and the opportunity to make this year the most amazing year of your life. No matter what has happened in your life up until this moment, you are capable of new choices that will make the next chapter in your story happier and more fulfilling. You have the ability to respond in creative ways that allow for something new to emerge . . . for healing to unfold.
The first pivotal step is committing to your dreams. As David Simon writes in his book The Ten Commitments, “Commitment is the ultimate assertion of human freedom. It releases all the energy you possess and enables you to take quantum leaps in creativity.”
As you read this, think of just one commitment (not two, or three), just one that you would like to make to bring yourself closer to love or truth or peace or divine consciousness. Close your eyes right now and feel what your heart wants for you in the upcoming days, weeks, and months. Every yearning is significant. Maybe you want to commit to some aspect of your physical health, to having more fun, to becoming more loving to yourself and others. It’s important to be as specific as you can, so that it is clear what you are committing to. For example: I commit to going for a 20-minute walk after lunch three times a week or I commit to learning to meditate or I commit to going to bed before midnight or I commit to the practice of loving, conscious communication.
The next step is to write your commitment. The written word is a powerful tool, and the act of putting your commitment on paper (or computer) strengthens your intention and resolve. Another way to magnify the force of your commitment is to share it with others. We invite you to share your commitment for 2010 with the extended Chopra Center community by posting it here. You will be linking your commitments to millions of people around the world and transforming the world as you transform yourself.
Whether you believe your commitment is for the self or the universe, selfish or altruistic, personal or global, simply taking the small step today to commit to one thing within your sphere of influence can change the world forever.
The Chopra Center Staff