It is fascinating to see how diverse cultures express different ways to make their dreams, hopes and wishes a reality. From meditation, to prayer and writing down your wishes, desires and dreams. Humans have created many ways to offer up their wishes to the universe. As we start a New Year, we become open to change and opportunities – we enter into The Wishing Season!
In Tibet, the people write their wishes on pieces of coloured paper and release them into the air. They do this to celebrate Losar, the New Year which usually falls in February or March and follows the rituals of ancient Tibetan Buddhism. I love this idea of writing down what you want and then sending it out into the air – into the universe. But I am also a great believer in action. So after making my wish, kissing the paper and releasing it into the universe, I get on my bike and start making it happen.
Yes, it maybe The Wishing Season but in my mind – Action Speaks hugely larger than words.
– We can change our lives. We can do, have, and be exactly what we wish – Tony Robbins
Some people call it dreaming, meditating and even goal seeking. In the end, the name you give it has the same power, as long as you act upon it after you have fully visualised and believed in your wish!
I am well over half way into writing my new book. I cannot deny I do a lot of wishing!
Wishing I could finish a particular tricky chapter.
Wishing I had more inspiration, fluency and energy.
Then, I exhale and fall back on ancient wisdom, or common sense and the advice I give to others!
Here are some ways to get you moving from wishing to action.
- The best way to finish a tricky chapter, speech, essay or article is to put it to cool in the freezer for a day or two. (Sometimes a few hours makes all the difference!) Then, return to it refreshed and edit through it like a champion.
- To overcome frustrations, doubts and blocks, I read, watch and observe other writers, musicians and videos of my contemporaries, competitors and even celebrities.
- Inspiration comes from taking breaks. I find physical activity is great for stirring up the blood, oxygen and those ever important bodily fluids, hormones and enzymes.
Now all I have to do is take my own advice.
So keep wishing, but take action too!
And lastly, a little note from Buddha
As you travel through life, offer good wishes to each being you meet.
To make a wish is a stage an ongoing process . Often after realising the need for something. Ether it is an object, a condition, a spiritual desire, a non tangible thought, like inspiration, strength or ability to satisfy that need. It could be beneficial to us or somebody else we care for or love. Doesn’t matter if it is small or a big kind of expression of formality of our commitment toward the subject of a wish. Sometimes it becomes a kind of oath to emphasise our determination of the intention. It could be a turning point to achieve what we want, other times its just a repeated formula and notoriously forgotten. Nevertheless it has a magic wand reputation, right across different cultures and history. Thank you for reminding me to my own wishes and pledges.
Love that image of a magic wand reputation across the world 🙂