Bonne Année! Happy New Year!

Like most of you, we are overjoyed about 2013 and all of its potential. As we daydream about what these next few months might bring—realized goals, successes and heartbreak, unexpected surprises—and begin jotting down ideas for a scary-good Sankalpa, we are taking stock of the past year and realizing that 2012 was indeed as tough as all of the astrologers predicted! And we are not even that into astrology!

So instead of jumping ahead to resolutions, we are sitting with the shadows of 2012 and trying to diffuse and reroute their dark charge. After all, you can’t really expect to move forward in the new year without first taking stock of what happened before, especially if you want to learn from—rather than be derailed by—those challenges that really kicked your ass. It’s just like yoga, actually: you can either mewl about an injury or cry that you’ll never be able to do Eka Pada Koundinyasana I, OR you can learn from the challenges and assimilate something useful. From practice, too, you know that you can’t really tackle advanced poses (the future) without first grasping their basic, constituent, and sometimes harder, pose-parts (the past.)

All of that to say: as tempting as it may be to sprint ahead, hanging back in the darkness can sharpen and refocus your insight. Triumphs are nice, yes, but it’s the mistakes, or “failings,” that lead to lasting change. Make sure you’ve got a handle on those before you buckle-up for your destiny.