As the calendar turns its page to 2015, it's a good time for
us to turn inward and reflect on the year that's passed. Reflection is
necessary to facilitate greater meaning, perspective, learning, and
celebration. It's during reflective moments that we have greater access to our
intuition and are able to dream bigger dreams.
Now is the time of year that I take my clients and myself
through a year-end reflection ritual. This ritual is a powerful way to
"move out the old" and "invite in the new." As we know,
things left undone, either practical or emotional, can drain our energy.
Reviewing both the highlights and low points of the year will help celebrate
the growth you experienced as well as acknowledge any sadness, grief or frustration
you may have faced. Also, by going through a ritual of completion, you can
create the New Year with a clean slate.
Living a life you love doesn't happen by accident; it
happens by being conscious, learning, dreaming and creating. Answering the questions
below is a powerful way to honor all you've achieved and learned this year and
to intentionally invite in the amazing year to come - to invite in a year you
Year-End Reflection Ritual:
Please take some time to slow down, put your feet up, and
reflect about the year that was, in preparation for the year that will be. I
have included some questions to help stimulate your thinking. The invitation is
to contemplate these questions with a sense of ease and let your answers flow
from your heart's knowing.
Make a list of all your successes, wins,
breakthroughs and accomplishments in 2014.
Most of us have a tendency to gloss over our accomplishments
and take them for granted. Don't do that. Take time to honor yourself. Be
specific here: write it all down -- all of your accomplishments, large and
small. Schedule time to celebrate this!
Review your challenges, disappointments, failures and breakdowns.
Write without judgment here. The purpose here is to glean
lessons, not make yourself wrong.
What do you need to let go of?
It is so important to release the things that no longer
serve you so that you can create a fresh start in 2015, bringing only with you
the lessons and wisdom that you consciously choose.
What have you learned
The key is to lock in all the wisdom and goodness from 2014.
What are you grateful
Make a list of all
your desires for 2015 - both those things you want to achieve in the outer
world and those that you long to feel inside.
Do you want more self- confidence, more love, a clearer
sense of purpose, or greater peace of mind? Do you desire more friends, a soul
mate, or a new career? If so, write it down. This is the time to list all your
desires without censoring yourself. Be honest. Be bold.
Now, imagine it is
Write a list of at least three breakthroughs, wins, and/or
accomplishments as if they have already happened. Get as specific as you can.
Everything and anything is possible for you. Let go of any self-limiting thoughts, beliefs, and old
patterns and create a 2015 that you absolutely love! The ritual above is just
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