Rather Than Resolutions, Consider Laziness

I am not much on making resolutions for any period of time. My mostly Buddhist self knows that each moment is its own clean slate. Rather than becoming anything or anyone, I just need to meet each moment I am given and aim for even.

Some may consider that laziness, and I accept that label in any year, moment, hour, or nanosecond. As with any feeling or emotion, all we have to do is accept that each emotion has its own drama and demon players. Ours is to experience but not to become.Laziness 010514

Once we have named the emotion—“this is laziness”–we strip away the drama that has kept us from continuing the story that is our life. Laziness is not “…particularly terrible or wonderful…it has a basic living quality that deserves to be experienced just as it is” (Pema Chödrön).

There is no reason to run away or hide from any emotion. Removing the drama reminds us the duty of being alive requires us to experience our emotions, laziness among them.

If we enlarge our sense of what it is to live, we realize events and emotions are mere scenes in a daily drama, each replaced by the next experience. We are moved by the emotion of each experience but sometimes, we get caught.

“Whatever we discover, as we explore it further, we find nothing to hold onto, nothing solid, only groundless, wakeful energy” (Pema Chödrön). Our discovery that we have experienced laziness and that it is no longer worthy of our rapt attention is the dawning of a new day, a new moment or a new year. Transformation occurs when we no longer disguise or repress what our experience is.

“When we stop resisting laziness, our identity as the one who is lazy begins to fall apart completely” (Pema Chödrön). We have named it so that it becomes nameless and no-thing. The ego is revealed for the groundless dramatist that it is.

What remains is the wakeful energy that allows us a fresh look at ourselves and the world around us. We open to the experience of being alive as the drama unfolds yet again. All we need to do is show up and experience.

8 thoughts on “Rather Than Resolutions, Consider Laziness

  1. Like Letizia, I love the phrase “show up and experience.” Your post reminds me of being aware without attachment or aversion. With perfect equanimity. Can’t think of a better reminder for the new year. Thanks for the RE-minder. {{{Hugs}}} Kozo


    1. Realizing that a moment is always enough has been incredibly freeing and thus, it is as if each experience is enriched for as you say there is neither attachment nor aversion. All just is. Thanks so much my dear Kozo!


  2. I’ve never been one for making particular new year resolutions – it’s an arbitrary date and if we’re going to change, why then? As you say, every moment is a clean slate.

    I have to say though that this year I’ve made a conscious decision to make sure that 2014 is a better year than the one before…which, for various reasons, was difficult.


    1. I am with you, Matthew. In realizing that each moment is a clean slate I have been able to focus on what is, as the moment is all we ever really have, and I am finding that it really is enough. Focusing on what is occurring has resulted in some remarkable changes for me, not all easy or difficult but I met those moments as they came. I believe 2014 will reveal a great deal for me that I might otherwise have missed. Thanks, Matthew!


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