Here We Are, Another Year

Here We Are, Another Year

Here We Are, Another Year 1920 1280 Gary Ruelas, D.O., Ph.D.

Many of us have been blessed and challenged these past few years, many of us have gained, others of us have had losses and for many of us we have experienced both. This process of loss and gain is also biologically tied to us, and a part of dynamic growth, death and birth over and over again. We are not always conscious physically that our bodies are in a constant state of cellular death and birth from our red blood cells to our skin and hair. For without this dynamic process we would not grow, change or adapt. So why is it that we remain distressed sometime over the notion of this dynamic interaction. Plain and simple, FEAR. Life is not something to fear, nor is death. Perhaps though we mentally fear the end of what we have been connected to, we fear the loss of perhaps a joyful intimate experience with a loved one or even an object that brought us joy. We attach so much meaning to them or it and are engulfed in the loss that we may not recognize that the change was inevitable and there maybe a new growth is occurring right in front of us.

Our mind, our mental process likes to hold onto this life as if it were a static concrete process. That NOTHING should change. That change is something to be fearful of and fight against. But can you really imagine a life with no change, no growth, it would all eventually harden, be still or decay. For sure it would no longer be emotional or relational or with us, or bring us peace or joy for it would remain static.

William James, a founding father of psychology wrote in “The Varieties of Religious Experience” that man’s number one concern was for happiness and that happiness could be mostly found in states of gratitude, which are more, complete in religious experience opening a wonderful inner paths of “supernatural kinds of happiness.” Other more current studies support what he was writing about over half century, that gratitude gives us joy. Mindfulness studies continue to support that being still and be aware and present gives us a peace of mind, which allows us to be connected to all and therefore a peace with natural change. It allows being part of that mystery flow of life and all of its change.

So here we are another year another interval of time has come and gone. We will certainly continue in our paths and as I sit here and contemplate, meditate and pray with you all, I can only be thankful for that mysterious awareness that in some way I am with you and you with me through our life journeys. We cannot see the new beginnings if we do not open up to it. Sometimes these beginnings may be in the form for others and not for ourselves, but as it continues to unravel what seem to not be tied to us, if we wait, begins to involve us weaving us together.

Peace be with you and all your loved ones and may you sit still at time to recognize the cosmic connection of the Divine that holds us together in our LOVE.


Gary Ruelas, D.O., Ph.D.

Dr. Ruelas holds doctoral degrees and is licensed to practice in both medicine and psychology. He approaches his patients by gathering and analyzing data differently from other physician’s moving away from a disease model to a holistic functional model. Read Bio

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