As I write this post, there’s snow on the ground and the sky is grey with possibility. In the Northern Hemisphere, we’ve just passed the longest night of the year. Little by little, the light is returning.
The new year is on many people’s minds. While I don’t have any magical devices to show me exactly what the coming year will bring (sorry to disappoint you), I do believe that 2010 is going to be an awesome year for many readers of this blog. Right about now, you’re probably asking, “What the HECK is he talking about?!?”
1) It’s almost impossible to succeed without a clear sense of purpose. In the past, making money and things like purpose were hard to put into the same paragraph. One of the things that has changed over the past year is that most people are spending money very differently. They are asking more questions and exploring more deeply before they buy.
For spiritual people, this is GREAT news. We know about intentions and purpose and the energy that lives underneath the surface of things. While yesterday’s leaders with the old “pound them with advertising until they buy” mindset should be scared, our ability to have deeper conversations about what is truly valuable is an essential strength in today’s economy.
2) Spiritual people understand the power of NOW.
Nothing ever happened in the past; it happened in the Now. Nothing will ever happen in the future; it will happen in the Now.
These days, many people are trying to figure out how to get back to a point they were at in the past. Similarly, many people – some with very important titles – are trying to figure out how to rush into a “new future” as fast as possible. As a spiritual person, you know that both these efforts are wasting tremendous amounts of energy.
Right here in this moment – right now – there are TREMENDOUS opportunities. However, the person whose mind is clouded by fear, regret or a desire to rush into the future is going to be unable to take advantage of them. As a spiritual person, you are more equipped to see the current opportunities. You also are more able to take mindful actions that will birth these opportunities into the world.
Keep in mind that, because this moment is like no other, your opportunities may look very different than those that were present for your parents or even those in your life a few years ago.
3) We’ve practiced the art of mindful community for generations. About 8 years ago, I heard a prominent Buddhist teacher talk about the important of what the Buddhists call Sangha – the community one practices in. It was one of those talks where you could feel the power of his words vibrating off the walls.
In sum, what this teacher said is that we humans are deeply relational critters. Nothing impacts us more than the thoughts and feelings of those we are surrounded by. So, one of the surest paths to ongoing spiritual growth is to surround yourself with others who are on a good path.
Unless you’re a recent transplant to planet Earth from some other corner of the universe – in that case, let me say WELCOME – you know that we are in the midst of a networking revolution. For instance, there are currently over 50 million registered users of LinkedIn. A FREE social networking site dedicated to the business user with 50 million subscribers – our grandparents had nothing like this. Online and off, there never been more options for spiritual success seekers to tap into the power of mindful communities. And no one is in a better position to make skillful use of the power of the Success Sangha than the readers of this blog.
What is 2010 going to be like for YOU?
Your success is very important to me. In fact, it’s the reason I’m here on this beautiful planet. I’d very much like to hear what you see ahead of you in 2010. Please share your thoughts and questions in the form of a comment below. And, thanks to all of you who make this community such a vibrant place to be part of.