Follow the Stream

Be soft in your practice. Think of the method as a fine silvery stream, not a raging waterfall. Follow the stream, have faith in its course. It will go on its own way, meandering here, trickling there. It will find the grooves, the cracks, the crevices. Just follow it. Never let it out of your sight. It will take you. - Sheng Yen, Chinese Buddhist Monk 

Here it is mid-January already. A few years ago, I started a habit of taking time to establish my New Year’s resolution. I generally set the intention in early January to be open to inspiration and then settle on a specific resolution for the Lunar New Year. Adopting a fluid, rather than rigid, approach is often more helpful for me in the long run.

This year I tried something a little different. I actually did set my resolution at the beginning of January and am not revisiting it until Lunar New Year. I appreciate the space this gives me to engage with my intention and modify as needed. I started off with a commitment on January 1 to bring curiosity to my relationships. As I wrote blog posts for the past two weeks, community quickly joined curiosity as a focus. Yesterday, I had a chance to sit with these two ideas for a few minutes and journal about the impact in my life so far. Another word came up for me - connection. So I’m now exploring these three concepts individually and collectively.  

This year we’ve got an extra long time between the two beginnings. Lunar, or Chinese, New Year arrives February 16th. Why does it change? Lunar New Year falls on the second day of the new moon between the 21st of January and the 20th of February. Interested in exploring this other beginning? Here are a couple of recommendations.

First, consider the next month as a time to interact with your resolution(s). Set aside a few minutes once a week to consider how they are or are not fitting into your life as you planned. What’s working? What isn’t? Could you make a tweak in one or several small ways so they are more sustainable?

Second, join us for our Lunar New Year workshop at The Riveter Capitol Hill on Saturday, February 24th. Keep an eye on our events page to RSVP. In contrast to the solar energy (masculine, fiery) that is so prevalent in our culture and daily lives, we’ll be exploring the energy of the moon (feminine, intuitive, cooling) through ritual, yoga asana and breathwork. These are some of my favorite practices and I can’t wait to share them!


Rebekah Papé is a writer, yoga teacher and The Riveter member. She teaches breath, meditation and yoga asana on Fridays at 11:30 a.m. and noon at Capitol Hill.