A Brand New Year

It’s hard to believe that 2021 is just around the corner. I know that we all are hopeful that 2021 will be very different from 2020. Of course, just like any year, we may put together our New Years Resolutions and have good intentions to follow through with them. It is generally believed that we leave our resolutions behind by February. Why is that? Is it because we weren’t really committed to them, anyways?

I just received a ritual that is far different than ones I’ve seen in the past. It was created by Marci Shimoff, Dr. Sue Morter and Lisa Garr who host the Your Year of Miracles yearlong workshop. I believe that you will find it stimulating and thought-provoking as well, so I wanted to share it with you:

CEREMONY

  1. On New Year’s Day (or anytime in the first few days of the year), take out a piece of paper and write a list of everything that you want to let go of from 2020. These can include habits, behaviors, limiting beliefs, fears, physical conditions, feelings of resentment, conflicts, or thoughts that don’t serve you.
  2. Then thank all those items on that list for having been with you and for all the lessons learned and ways you grew from them.
  3. Next make a clear statement of letting go such as: “I now let go of all these things and anything else that no longer serves me and my miraculous life as I step into a glorious 2021.”
  4. Then gather around a fire in a fireplace and throw the paper in to be burned. If you don’t have a fireplace, you can CAREFULLY burn it in a large stainless steel bowl.
  5. Then speak out loud everything you’re grateful for from the past year — the joys, celebrations, accomplishments, lessons learned, and “growth” experiences. Offer those into the fire to be amplified.
  6. And now it’s time to call in what you’d like to bring forward in 2021—so speak out loud everything that you welcome into your vision of the New Year—the intentions, beliefs, behaviors, relationships and everything else that you will embrace. Offer those into the fire to ignite the new.

I hope that you will find a sense of peace and are grounded in knowing that the past is just the road you left behind. Happy New Year!

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