So about that ‘Mayan’ apocalypse. Oops. Yet another End of the World prediction that failed to materialize.
This article over on The Spirituality and Health blog may help alleviate any stress you had about predictions of doom and gloom, as well as provide some necessary reminders of why it’s important to live your life to the fullest.
Here’s some of the article’s necessary reminders:
At the end of the day (pun intended), it doesn’t matter whether you believe in astrology, ancient mystic wisdom, or anyone else who tells you that Revelations is upon us. The real question is: Do you want the world as we know it to end? Are you ready to let go of what’s been holding you back and make space for what’s next?
Total annihilation is, after all, a really juicy metaphor. The person you are today is made up of all the stories you have told about yourself up to this point, all the experiences that you’ve had that your brain has decided to be important. We so often forget that we are the ones with the choice to hold tight to these old stories or to be willing to write “THE END” and close the book at last.
Now is the time to learn to let go of all our old grudges and destructive patterns, make peace with the mistakes we’ve made, acknowledge all we’ve learned and all the good we’ve done, remember, forgive, and forget. Now is the time to leave our snakeskins behind.
On the subject, my dear friend Ingrid Contreras also interviewed a few writers about their thoughts on the apocalypse. Her compilation featured on KQED is refreshing, especially poet Eavan Boland‘s astute observation: “Why do we conceive of the world’s end when so many of us begin every day hoping for a new beginning?”
So here’s to new beginnings. Maybe humanity simply needs false endings in order to remember how to begin again.