A new year.
So much promise of new beginnings and shimmering visions of dreams yet-to-come.
If you're like me, you're super excited about what 2018 holds.
It's easy to want to plunge forth into all the glistening possibilities ahead and quickly dismiss the year that has just ended.
But in doing so, we risk leaving behind some of the powerful medicine of the previous year.
Today, I would like to share with you one of my favorite rituals to do as the year draws to an end:
Celebrating and releasing the previous year
As I stare into the sparkling eyes of a brand new year I love taking the time to pause and reflect on the year that has come and gone. By celebrating the year's lessons and releasing what I no longer need, I create the space for miracles to happen in the coming year.
A Ritual for Celebrating and Releasing 2017:
Create a sacred space:
Light a candle, burn some sage, get out your journal and pen, make yourself a hot cup of tea or pour yourself a glass of your favorite wine, put on some soothing music, and set aside some time where you will be undisturbed for a little while.
Reflect back on the past year:
Think back on the year that has just ended with curiosity, trying to let go of any judgment that arises. It’s easy to get caught up in everything we didn’t get accomplished and to forget all the wonderful things that we did do. This exercise is about noticing the beautiful medicine that 2017 shared with you and celebrating it.
Here are a couple questions to help get you started:
- What are you most proud of in 2017?
- What was the biggest risk you took in 2017?
- What are you most grateful for in 2017?
- How did 2017 change you?
Release what is no longer needed:
Every year as fall and winter approach, I feel an overwhelming urge to go through all my bookcases, drawers, and clothes and get rid of the things that are taking up space but aren’t being used. I think this is my subconscious’ way to prepare for the year ahead. Once I have released the clutter and am standing in an organized clear space, I feel incredibly light and fully ready to welcome in the new.
- Look around you at your physical space. Is there anything you no longer need that you can let go of?
- Now look internally. Are there any thoughts, habits, or beliefs that are no longer serving you that you feel ready to let go of as you move into a new year?
I invite you to take a piece of loose-leaf paper and write down all the things you no longer want to carry with you in 2018. Then burn the paper as a symbol of letting go.
You have celebrated the beautiful lessons of 2017 and have let go of what is no longer serving you. Take a moment to breathe and luxuriate in this space. You are now ready to welcome the miracles that lay ahead.
As you go back to your day-to-day life, start thinking about the year ahead and asking yourself these questions:
- How do I want to feel in 2018?
- What do I most desire for 2018?
Notice any thoughts, dreams, or intentions that come to you. These may come very clearly all at once, or they may take a while to show up. They may come as feelings or they may appear in images, dreams, a movie you watch, or an article you read. Just stay open and curious about what your heart is saying “yes” to for the year ahead. Write these desires down as they arise and you’ll soon start crafting a list of clear intentions to move towards as the year unfolds.