New Year, A New Page, New Resolutions, and Sufism

The new year is often seen as a time of new beginnings and opportunities for renewal for many people. This period is commonly considered a time to set personal goals and make changes in our lives. Sufism offers a unique perspective on this process of renewal. The teachings of this mystical tradition can add a meaningful dimension to our new year’s resolutions, focusing on inner transformation and mindful living.

1. Self-Discovery:
Sufism places the journey of personal discovery at its core. The new year is a perfect time to embark on or continue this journey. Sufi teachings guide us towards our inner world, helping us to discover our true selves. Self-awareness can make our new year’s resolutions more conscious and purpose-driven.

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing 
and rightdoing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.”


2. Ego and Forgiveness:
In Sufism, the ego is seen as a barrier to our true self. The new year is an opportunity to recognize and free ourselves from our ego. It’s also a time to forgive and let go of our past mistakes and grievances. This is a fundamental step for both personal growth and making a healthier start in our relationships.

“Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.”


3. Love and Connectedness:
Sufism places great emphasis on the concepts of universal love and connectedness. In our new year’s resolutions, we can adopt a more loving, understanding, and connected approach towards others and the world. This can enhance our personal peace and contribute to positive changes in our community.

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”


The new year offers more than just setting external goals; it is also an opportunity for inner transformation and renewal. The teachings of Sufism can guide this process of renewal and help us find deeper meaning and purpose in all areas of our lives. As we step into the early days of this new year, let’s fill our hearts and minds with the wisdom that Sufism offers and take steps towards discovering our true potential.