I was reading an article this morning over my breakfast tea on ideas to restart the year. I guess late March is far enough into the year that you can consider those New Year’s resolutions that you never started or already gave up on to be finished.

If your year needs a restart, they had several dozen suggestions – many quite small and simple to do. Reading page one for you, I can suggest: trying a new food, since we all get into food ruts; read a book by an author or on a subject that you’ve never read about before; try a new kind of sport or fitness class or exercise; make a small change in your daily routine, like where you go for your morning coffee; visit a place near your home that you have never gone to before; call someone on the phone that you haven’t talked to in over a year; start a new daily practice or ritual, like meditation.

There are others that are bigger, harder and more expensive, but overall I saw a commonality in their suggestions: novelty. Try something new.

Nothing shocking in that.

The word “novelty” reminds me of novelty theory, which  is a pseudoscientific idea of Terence McKenna that purports to predict the ebb and flow of novelty in the universe as an inherent quality of time. He proposed that time is not a constant but has various qualities tending toward either “habit” or “novelty”. Habit is bad here entropic, repetitious, conservative, and novelty is creative, disjunctive, progressive.

Terence originally conceived of this idea in the mid-1970s after experiences with psilocybin mushrooms led him to study the King Wen sequence of the I Ching. I don’t think you have to go that far out to see that “Life is change” and that the new and novel is something we need.

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