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Tabula Rasa is a Latin phrase that most commonly translates to blank slate in English. It derives from the use of the Roman tabula – a wax slab that notes were taken on which was cleaned by heating the wax and smoothing it. Tabula Rasa can also be used to describe an uniformed, featureless mind, or state of being. A new year is in a state of tabula rasa since no impressions or activities have made a mark on it, just like a blank notebook or planner. We are given chances at tabula rasa day in and day out, if only we let go of our preconceived notions and expectations. If we live in the moment, let go of the past and simply let be we have the power to invoke a tabula rasa and make our life how we want.
2016 is still in it’s fresh, early days – still in a state of tabula rasa, and I intend to make the most of it! How about you?
Namaste ~ Ella
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