2015 is just out of the gate but it’s never too late to look back on resolutions made as the New Year was just emerging. A visit to Japan’s Hase Dera Temple in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture revealed the special and serious nature of this holiday. So many beautiful moments can be captured while walking around inside this temple complex but one point really inspired Mrs. Stewart to the point of writing something here. She looks to the new year with so much hope and inspiration. All it took was a look at some lovely blocks of wood.
Japan, Kamakura – New Year Hopes and Dreams
There is nothing that gets me as emotional as looking at other people’s wishes and dreams for the new year. As I stand in a crowded temples watching the people throw their money, clap, close their eyes tight, and pray, I can’t help but get a little teary-eyed. I wonder what they are praying for. Are they dreaming of a world filled with peace? Everlasting all consuming happiness? Success and wealth in the new year?
We all start out with a clean slate, fresh intentions, and aspirations for a healthier peaceful and prosperous world. A never-ending wall of dreams. A display of the deepest wishes that come from the heart. My husband always asks me what I prayed for, but every time I am so overcome with emotion that I can’t say anything but, “It’s personal.” I never had the courage to write my prayers out for the world, so seeing a wall of wishes and dreams in so many languages makes me well up with tears of joy and inspiration. These are selfless thoughts for a better tomorrow.
What are your hopes and dreams for the upcoming year?