Time is flying. It's already a new year. Life is often so busy with work, relationships, travel, problems and more, that it's easy to get swept along with all one's attention engaged in just staying afloat. But all too soon, next year will be here. Then the next year, and so on. In all this hurry, if a little time is not taken, now, at the beginning of the year, to set one or more spiritual goals to work on this year, then that part of life will go wanting. So this is a good time to set such a goal.
"But what is a spiritual goal?" you might wonder.
Worldly goals have tangible results, like having a certain amount of money in your bank account at the end of the year, or losing a set number of pounds, or starting a business. Spiritual goals, on the other hand, are intangible. A spiritual goal might be to be less emotionally reactive, or more patient, or more loving. There aren't any tangible externals that can be measured with spiritual goals—the result is an internal experience. If you're honest with yourself, you'll know whether you've accomplished your goal or made progress on it. There may be some tangible elements to a spiritual goal. For example, your goal may be to sit for meditation every day at a certain time, and you would be able to measure whether indeed you're sitting. But the quality of the meditation practice would be an internal experience and not externally measurable.
So if you think, "I don't have time now for those intangible spiritual goals," then you might ask yourself when you will have time. If you don't make the time, you'll never have it. Progress can be made toward spiritual goals even in busy times. In fact, if your life is extremely busy, it would be a great time to practice such goals as paying attention to only one thing at a time or remaining relaxed in the midst of problems.
A spiritual goal doesn't have to be huge. They can be simple, such as learning to keep your heart open more during the day, or being aware in your life.
Will you begin today?