As the New Year arrives, I reflect on my annual theme. I usually make a theme that is broad enough to be a guide and is not a goal. In 2016, I acknowledged my theme was a disguised goal or, really, a New Year's resolution (which I didn't accomplish), thus the reason I don't do resolutions. They just don't work for me. My 2016 theme of '500 hours of joyful writing' manifested as '50 hours of far-from-joyful writing'. Ah, but, it is often the themes that don't work so well that segue into more inspired themes for the following year.
My theme for 2017 is peaceful ease. Like how I feel right now sitting amongst the chaos and buzz of the Coffee Temple in Varkala, writing blissfully as I switch back and forth from the blog to my book, oblivious to the noise and bustle around me. I am engrossed and relaxed. Or when I'm laying on the Ayurveda massage table, my body graciously accepting the loving work of Jaya as she kneads my muscles while the sounds of the wind and waves in the distance, the pots clanking and food being prepared in a nearby restaurant,