Can you believe 2018 is almost over, already?
Before we move into the holiday season and setting our intentions for the new year I like to take time to go within, get quiet and reflect on the past year. I use it as a time to celebrate the journey, release what I no longer need to carry and clear the way for the new year ahead.
Give yourself the gift of setting some time aside before the holidays arrive, during the holidays or even after to honor whatever 2018 was for you and clear the way for what wants to come in 2019. You may want to set aside an entire day or weekend or take 1 question at a time spread over several days. While we sometimes feel we need to clear out the old and be ready to ring in the new by January 1st it sometimes takes me until the middle of January or later to be fully ready to move forward. There is no need to rush the process. Whatever feels right to you.
And with that I offer the following questions for reflection:
- What of the past year do I want to celebrate? This may be an accomplishment you are proud of, a breakthrough, something you created, new habits and ways of being in the world or something else. It’s important to recognize, honor and celebrate these.
- What disappointments do I want to let go of? By acknowledging what was disappointing, what didn’t go well, what failed you can let it go and move forward freely without carrying the energy of disappointment with you.
- What are the lessons I’ve learned? We learn both from our success and our failures. Gleaning the lessons allows us to consciously grow and expand in life. While they may not always be fun or easy to learn they are ALWAYS valuable when we honor them.
- What am I grateful for? Gratitude expands our capacity to create a life that brings us meaning, purpose, and joy.
- What am I bored of? Are there habits, thought patterns, people, things in your life that don’t nourish your soul anymore?
- What do I want more of? What would make your life feel better, happier, more fulfilling?
- What am I committed to doing? This is where the rubber meets the road. What are you willing to do in the coming year to create more of what you want. Be honest with what you will actually commit to.
I like to make this into a ritual. Creating a sacred space by lighting candles, using crystals, writing in my journal, play music, move the energy around. Often I will write what I am ready to let go of and burn it in a bonfire. For those of you who are local there is a wonderful bonfire at the Easthampton Solstice Celebration! Make it your own, play and have fun!!