New Year’s Mantras and Meditations

Thich Nhat Hanh’s four Mantras on Super Soul Sunday with Oprah Winfrey

Happy New Year! Or, is it Happy new here! If you’re tired of loud holiday parties with way too much food and alcohol, maybe you’d like to consider ringing in the new year in a quiet way, full of intention.

There may be a world peace meditation going on near you. It’s set at Greenwich, England meantime 12:00 noon on Jan 1. If you’re on the west cost in the states, it’s true commitment: 4:00 a.m. on Dec 31. You go to bed Dec 30, and wake up super early on Dec 31. If you still want to see in the new year, it’s possible if you take a nap after meditation.

New thought churches are where I’ve always found world peace meditations. If you decide to do it on your own, and perhaps at a different time, you could invite a few friends over who understand the intention you’re setting. It’s a bit of a game changer when someone thinks party, and gets quiet meditation. You can always have breakfast and conversation afterwards!

Whenever and however you do this, don’t get stressed out. Even if you don’t do a full hour. Maybe you can read something peaceful, sing your favorite peaceful song, or put together a vision board with the focus being peace.

If your intention is peace, you can’t go wrong. One new year’s at midnight in New Zealand I lead a small group of us at WWOOF (willing workers on organic farms). Their English was limited—but not as much as my Korean. The lights on the Christmas tree were beautiful—in any language. Somehow we figured it out: I found a globe, and we sat there in quiet, bathing the globe in white light and peace.

The only way to world peace is through personal peace.

Below are some more meditation links:



2 thoughts on “New Year’s Mantras and Meditations

  1. These mantras surprised me, I expected something more inward. But these are wonderful. It’s so good to acknowledge someone you love, and be there with them. I think we can do this every day and with each interaction, just in small ways. And so we suffer less, right away, and in turn I think we ease each other’s loads.

    • Hi, I didn’t mention this in the post, but you could also use the mantras while looking in the mirror. YOU are the darling. That would bring it in deeper for you.The two links are more inward meditations. Have a happy, healthy new year!

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