Energetically you can allow a fresh start: letting go of that which you are ready to release, and opening up for transformation and healing.
This is the ritual I use every year to honor the year that has just passed, and then to consciously create my New Year.
Pause for Reflection
First, I invite you to give yourself the gift of stopping long enough to become aware of your past year. Most of us are so busy going, going, going that we lose perspective on what our year was really like. Just STOP for a few minutes and go through these 3 Steps.
Step 1: Remember
I like to sit down and look at my calendar from the past year and page through week-by-week and month-by-month. This reminds me of my choices during the past year…how did I spend my time?…who did I spent it with?…did I have a good balance of work and play?…what were the major things going on this my life in the past year? Find some concrete way like this to remind yourself of how your year was filled. Take time to remember.
Then spend a few minutes journalling about your past year. There’s no format here, no right or wrong way to do it. Write whatever comes to your mind after looking back on how your year unfolded.
Step 2: Release
Get some loose leaf paper. Write down anything you want to let go of from the past year…regrets, mistakes, things you wish you had not said or done, pain (physical and emotional) that you want to let go of, old patterns you want to change, activities you no longer want to participate in, negative thoughts you want to stop thinking.
Do not get caught in feeling bad about the past, feeling guilty, or feeling bad about yourself or your year in any way. Make this list without judgement. Instead, make this list with simple, objective clarity about the things that you want to let go of and be done with. Those things are in the past. Write them down and choose to let them go right now. They do not need to go forward into 2016 with you.
Now rip those pages to shreds as you release those things to the past. Throw those shreds of paper in the garbage. What I mean is, take them outside of your home out the to garbage can and be done with them right now. Say outloud “Good Bye. I release all this right here and now.” Now turn around and don’t look back as you return to your home, ready to create a truly NEW year.
Step 3: Re-Focus
Write down your answers to these questions about 2015:
- What are the 3 best things that happened to me?
- What were my 3 biggest challenges?
- What was the single biggest time waster in my life during the past year?
- How did I grow (emotionally, spiritually, intellectually, physically)?
- What worked in my life during the past year? What did not work?
- How much love did I share? With whom were my most valuable relationships?
- What 3 words best describe my past year?
- If I had 3 wishes for 2016 what would they be?
- What would I do if I knew I could not fail?
- What 3 words would I want my loved ones to use to describe me this year?
- What 3 words do I want to guide my NEW year?