Celebration can be attributed to any reason, because the nature of our spirit is to celebrate. The new year is a time when the spirit of celebration engulfs the whole world. This is also an opportunity to reflect on the year gone by and take stock of the lessons learnt. A celebration has social, emotional and spiritual components. Often, we focus on the first two and forget the third. True celebration happens when the spiritual aspect is attended to.

庆祝活动可以因为任何理由, 因为你的精神本性就是庆祝。 新年就是庆祝精神吞噬整个世界的时刻。 这也是一个反思过去一年及总结学习经验的一个机会。 一个庆祝活动包含社会,情感及精神成份。 通常, 我们专注在前两项而忘记那第三项。 而真正的庆典是发生在关注精神方面的时候。

Very often, people ask me how I see the future. And I say that the future is for them to build however they want it. The unwise regret the past, think the future is destiny and are miserable in present. The wise see their past as destiny, the future as free will and are happy in the present.

人们经常问我如何看待未来。 而我说未来是让他们去跟随自己意愿去创造的。 愚者懊悔过去, 以为未来是命运而现在是悲惨的。 智者看到过去是命运, 未来是自由而现在是快乐。

However significant the events of the past year were at the time, looking back, you cannot see them all as anything but a dream. Reflecting on these events, what stands out is the impermanent nature of all things. Events are like stones and pebbles in the great river of time which keeps flowing unabated. In life, things are to be learnt and forgotten — learnt so that you do not repeat the same mistakes and forgotten so that they do not leave you traumatized.

过去一年当中所发生不论多么重大的事件。 除了是一场梦, 你什么都看不见。 反思这些事件, 凸显的是万物的无常本性。 事件就好象在时间流失的大河中的石头及鸡卵石一样, 不断的流动。 生命中, 所有事件都是要来学习和忘记的。- 学习以便不会重复同样的错误。 忘记, 以便它们不会让你受到创伤。

Here are four ways to happiness in the new year:

这是在新年中快乐的4种方法

Make Meditation a Part of Life 让静心成为生命的一部分
Modern life’s demands lead to stress and restlessness, which can be released through a few minutes of meditation. Meditation gives you deep rest. The deeper you are able to rest, the more dynamic you will be in activity. It is the best tool to wipe your mind clean of all past impressions that weigh you down.

现代人的生活需求导致压力和躁动, 可以通过几分钟的静心得到释放。 静心让你深度休息。 你能够更深入的休息, 也能在活动中有更多的动力。 这可以清除所有困扰你过去印记的最好工具。

Often, we get pulled in different directions and are unable to devote time to ourselves. We do not take out the time to think and reflect. This can leave us dull and tired. A few quiet moments everyday are the source of creativity. Silence heals and rejuvenates and gives you depth and stability. Sometime during the day, sit for a few minutes; get into the cave of your heart, eyes closed, and keep the world away.

我们通常被拉向不同的方向, 无法将时间奉献给自己。 我们没有时间去思考和反省。 这会导致我们沉闷和疲倦。 每天一些安静时刻是创造力的来源。 沉默可以治愈及恢复活力,让你达到深度和稳定。有时在白天, 坐几分钟, 进入你内里的心穴, 闭上眼睛, 远离世界。

Serve 服务
Make a commitment to make this world a better place to live. Do some acts of kindness without expecting anything in return. Service alone can bring contentment in life. It creates a sense of connectedness. When you bring some relief to someone through selfless service, good vibrations come to you. When you show kindness, your true nature, which is love and peace, come to the surface.

承诺让这个世界变得更加美好。 做一些不求回报的善举。 单单服务就能带给生命满足。 它创造一种连接的感觉。 当你通过无私的服务使某人有一些宽慰时, 就会有良好的振波. 当你展现善良时, 你的真实本性, 爱和平静就会浮现。

Feel Grateful 心存感恩
Our love, faith, and belief should be deep-rooted, and then everything else moves on its own. The feeling that “I am blessed” can help you overcome any failure. Once you realize that you are blessed, then all the complaints and grumbling disappear, all the insecurities disappear and you become grateful, contented and peaceful.

我们的爱, 信仰和信念应该是根深蒂固的, 其他一切就会自动运行。 那“我是被祝福”的感觉会帮助你度过任何的失败。 当你意识到自己是被祝福的, 那么所有的埋怨和抱怨就会消失。 所有的不安全感也会消失。 你会感到感恩, 满足和平静。

Spend time with Nature 与大自然共渡时间
If you are not amazed by the magnificence of this creation — your eyes are not yet opened. Tell me, what in this creation is not a mystery? Birth is a mystery; death is a mystery. If both birth and death are mysteries, then life is certainly a greater mystery. Being completely immersed in the mystery of life and in this creation is samadhi.

如果你对这个创造界的壮丽不感到惊讶- 你的眼睛还没有睁开。 告诉我, 在这个创造界, 有什么不是神秘的? 诞生是一个奥秘, 死亡是一个奥秘。 完全的沉浸在生活和这个创造界的奥秘是三摩地。

Just like we live in the outer world of events and circumstances, we also live in the inner world of emotions and feelings, which we are not always aware of. The distance between the outer and the inner worlds is just the blink of an eye. Yoga is the skill of keeping attention on the inner world while acting in the outer. When you are lost in the outside world, there is disharmony in the inner world and life is like a war. When you are established in the inner world, there is clarity in the outer world and life becomes a game.

就如我们生活在事件及状况的外围世界一样, 我们也同时住在情感和感觉的内在世界中。我们没有总是意识到这一点。 外在和内在世界的距离只在一眨眼之间。 瑜伽是关注内在世界同时在外在世界活动的技巧。 当你迷失在外在世界时, 内在世界就会发生不和谐,而生命就像个战争。 当你内在世界稳固, 外在世界变得清晰, 生活就会变成一种游戏。

I wish you all a very Happy New Year!

我祝你们新年快乐。