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My New Year’s Resolutions for 2019

I look in awe at my favourite Dartmoor Logan Stone at Thornworthy Tor. To me, it transmits an intangible energy and represents a metaphor for life: being rounded, balanced, and unashamedly “different”, which as humans we may aspire to.

Despite what the News and Social Media would have us think, I believe the majority of people on our planet are kind, considerate and pretty decent. We each do our best to look after those we love, and sometimes even those we will never meet.

At the same time, we could be excused despairing at the behaviour of some nation states, political leaders and people we don’t happen to agree with. In Douglas Adams “Life, The Universe and Everything”, Ford declares, “My Doctor says that I have a malformed public-duty gland and a natural deficiency in moral fibre … and therefore I am excused from saving Universes”. I have every sympathy with that view, given the enormity of the task!

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn summed up life’s central problem by saying “the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either – but right through every human heart”. So that seems like a good place to start with my new year resolutions.

I am giving up giving up “-ings” (such as drinking, over-eating, speeding etc), as I am my own best saboteur! Jordan B. Peterson in his “12 Rules for Life” suggests, “You can begin by treating yourself as if you were someone you were responsible for helping”.  Dowsing for my own health and well-being  regularly would help fulfil that “rule”, so I will take that one on as another resolution.

Finally, I resolve to emulate the pivoting act of the Logan Stone, by finding my centre of gravity, getting balanced physically and spiritually, then making life rock !

Happy dowsing in 2019

Gwynn

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