Rebirth: Three Synchronistic Events

We spent the Christmas holiday in paradise this year, splurging on six-night, all-inclusive stay at Cancun’s #3 resort hotel.

It was first-class all the way.  We figured if the world was going to end on the day we began our trip, then we were going out in style!

Our time in Cancun was a synchronistic crescendo of events:  The celebration of the birth of Christ, the end of the Mayan 13th Baktun on December 21 and the last few days of a month and year that saw the final perfectly numbered day (12-12-12) that my generation will experience.

A quiet December 21st in Mexico

You’ve already heard plenty about the non-event of the Mayan Apocalypse; in reality, the Mayas never thought the world would end.

Stories the world over reported much ado about nothing; some schools in Michigan actually cancelled classes because of the rumors’ “distractions,” (although to be fair, the cancellation probably had more to do with the school shooting in Connecticut).

The Maya calendar to which everyone referred is the Long Count Calendar, one of three calendars the ancient Maya used to count time.  It gets a little complicated–one baktun equals 144,000 days total, or close to 400 years–but the Maya believed that 13 baktuns represented one full cycle of creation.

They did not predict the end of the world, only the end of a creation cycle.

Trust me, we were relieved; we didn’t want our days in paradise cut short!

On the morning of December 22, the Mexican Caribbean edition of USA Today reported that residents and tourists alike were simply looking for “the chance to mark epochal change” in the Yucatan Peninsula.  Diverse ceremonies were conducted on all four sides of El Castillo, the main pyramid in Chichen Itza, closest to where we stayed.

One 55-year-old man said, “This world is being reborn as a better world.”

The symbolism of the Christmas birth and the beginning of a new year

History’s most celebrated and worshipped miracle birth–attributed to December 24–always fills me with a magnificent sense of being reborn. The meaning we attribute to Christmas, that of infinite love, compassion and forgiveness, gives you and me the ultimate Do-Over.  In the parlance of 12-step programs, it’s the penultimate 10th step.

Like the man in Mexico, we get to be reborn into a better world, a world we create through our intentions and perceptions.

This time, these final hours of 2012, call for reflection and thoughtful decisions.

Take a look back over the year.  What has worked for you and what hasn’t?  What or who needs forgiveness?  Where can you let go of troubling situations?

A blogger colleague of mine writes a letter to the year about to pass, pondering what she’s learned and experienced.  She also expresses thanks for everything.

Then she writes a letter of welcome to the new year, letting her ideas and aspirations be known.  She invites the year into her being like she would a cherished friend, excited about the things they will create together.

She then offers both letters to the universe–her way of letting go of the outcomes of each, I believe–by burning them ceremoniously in her fireplace.

In the transitional moments of old to new year, my friend chooses a word for the year, a verb that will serve as her active mental talisman for the entire year.

I’m going to take up the practice of choosing a word for 2013 and invite you to do the same.

I’m also going to think and meditate about what I can leave in the dust of 2012.  There’s plenty of baggage to unload, wouldn’t you agree?  Let’s decide not to drag it into our pristine new year.

Where will you start?  If you choose an action word for 2013, I’d love to hear it!  Please share too any baggage–figurative or literal–that you’re going to toss off the 2013 train that rolls into your stations tonight!

Thank you for a fabulous 2012 and here’s to a happy, healthy and joyous 2013!


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  1. Beautiful post Beth. I appreciate your explanation of the Maya calendar. People were talking and feeling concerned about the end. Glad we all made it through! My action word for 2013 is change. Things are changing for me at my end. I want to focus on the value of change, and how it can bring to us what we are looking for. Change can also help us be of more service to others as well and offer support and peace of mind. That is what I want to focus on.

    Have a wonderful 2013. Love the changes you have done with your blog this year – it looks great. All the best!!

    • Beth says:

      Change, huh? Sounds like a terrific word for 2013 and I love where you’re placing your focus around being of service.

      Thank you for your kind remarks about my blog. I truly love the collective work we’re doing to support education around addiction, as well as treatment and recovery. We are making a difference!

      Looking forward to being a part of the “change” in 2013.

      B Well!

  2. Galen Pearl says:

    Part education, part inspiration, part travelogue! a great post.

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