Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier’…” – Alfred Tennyson
It’s now 2013 and I couldn’t be happier! I’m sad to see 2012 go, just like my daughter was last night, because it was such a great year. It had its rough moments, downright difficult moments, but they were just moments. Overall, the year was joyous!! I had amazing experiences, great adventures, and I was surrounded by the people I love – who could ask for anything more? The fireworks shown brightly!
And now 2013 is going to be even better. I wish for you the same thing. My wish for you is to try new things, push yourself, change yourself. And at the same time you’ll be changing the world around you. My wish for you is to do things that you have never done before. My wish for you is to not freeze, stop, worry that you can’t do something good, that you’re not good enough. Who cares! Don’t let fear get the best of you. Nothing is perfect, no one is ever good enough, just do something! Make mistakes, because you’re human!
Give this some thought. Think about all the things that you wanted to accomplish in 2012 and what held you back. Then think about the brand new canvas that awaits you this year. Imagine being a painter and painting the life you want. Go Picasso! Paint your canvas!
I’m going to share something with you, which was shared with me by a wonderful woman, and friend Claudia. She does this every year, and I did this last year, to ring in 2012. Now granted, I didn’t do it to its fullest, and this exercise was already powerful, but this year I will.
A great way to ring in the new. I’ve shared it with a few friends who’ve loved doing it, so I want to share it with you. As the saying goes, “Well begun is half done”, so I suggest you do this either on New Year’s eve or New Year’s day to get 2013 off to a wonderful start:
Start with a 10 – 15 minute meditation in which you set your attention on releasing the old and opening to the new.
On a piece of paper, hand write a list of all the things in 2012 that you’d like to let go of. This can include old patterns that don’t serve you, grudges or resentments you’re hanging on to, fears that hold you back, or circumstances that you’d like to change. It can also include not-useful habits such as eating too much sugar or not exercising. Make sure your list is as complete as possible with everything that didn’t work for you in 2012. My list is usually a few pages. If it’s easy for you to burn the list, then you can do that. If not, you can tear the list up in many pieces. As you release this list, imagine letting go of the energies that are represented on your list.
Now, on to creation. Make a list of all that you wish to create for yourself in 2013. Include the habits you’d like to embrace, the external circumstances you’d like to create, and the internal experiences you’d like to have (joy, freedom, ease, love, peace, acceptance of all that is, etc). Be as specific as possible. Read the list out loud (whether you’re alone or with others). Speaking it out adds more energy to it. Feel each item as though it’s actually happened.
Put the list in a special place, as a symbolic offering for your coming year.
Notice how you feel after doing this ritual. I always feel cleansed, lighter, renewed, and excited about what’s ahead.
To all of you, I wish you a fabulous year ahead!!