Vows, pledges, and resolutions aren’t needed in 2016 as long as it’s realized the thing one wants to change is only there because of not being in the present moment. Happy New Year
Although vows, pledges, and resolutions are made in all sincerity, it’s very difficult to sustain them as a permanent change of behavior because of the way the Conditioned Mind controls life. Many of the things that one tries to change are the things used as coping mechanism throughout life and they’ve been in place for many many years. Breaking their hold will take much more than simply saying “I will give up __________. ” Things of this nature are deeply engrained in the subconscious mind and will take much discipline to undo the conditioning that’s there. This is the reason many New Year resolutions fall by the wayside in a short period of time.
I have been going to the gym for twenty years and ever January there is an influx of new members, but by mid March it seems to go back to the way it was in prior to January. What I have learned is I don’t need to announce the changes I want to make in my life, if I want to change something I need to learn why the things there in first place and what I need to do to break the cycle of this particular Conditioned Mind Pattern. My life is dedicated to being in harmony with each and every moment and although I fall short many times, it’s the willingness that’s important to go in a different direction. Results are because of the willingness to change, not because of vows, pledges or resolutions, that are sincere, but mostly meaningless. And although they are sincere, it’s impossible to know what triggers are developed that activate our coping mechanisms even though they may not be wanted. Something like stress or some other trigger makes the vow seem trivial and more than likely one will succumb to their conditioning.
The practice of quietness allows for the triggers to be recognized and thus the hold of the coping mechanisms to lose their grip. This takes time and repetition to be recognized, but the alternative is for the behavior pattern to remain deeply engrained in the subconscious mind. So going forward if something needs to be changed because it doesn’t allow harmony with life and with all beings, make it a point that this change is going to happen by doing the necessary practice that will allow it. Not because of some vow, pledge, or resolution, but because you realize the thing you’re changing is done so because it’s causing you a problem with being in harmony with yourself and the present moment.