I’ve always found the last few days of the year, to be the perfect time to reflect on all the highs and lows, I navigated throughout the year. How did I handle them? We gain so much, by sitting still with ourselves, and taking inventory, of our internal landscape. We realize what lessons we learned, what worked for us, and what didn’t work. A time to set new goals, aspirations, and dreams, as we look forward to new beginnings in the new year.
Taking this time to sit with yourself, most importantly, allows you to be conscious of what to let go of, and what to be grateful for. Bringing mindfulness, into the new year, will foster positive energy in your life, because you will be moving forward with awareness, of each word you speak, each choice you make, each thought you carry with you. With a blank canvas before you, you get to create a new masterpiece, that is your life. Every paint stroke, or moment matters.
The dawn of the new year is always exciting to me. Here are a few ways, I hope will help you, come back to yourself, tap into your inner strength, and walk forward into this new chapter, with faith and fearlessness. You got this.
NAME YOUR YEAR: Pick one word to set the tone for the new year, that inspires you, and represents all you would like to manifest in your life. Type it up, make it pretty, print it out, and frame it. Place it where you will see it every day. Say it all day in your mind. Make it your mantra.
JOURNAL: Set time aside, for quiet and solitude. Write down all the highs and lows of the previous year, and how you handled them, your feelings about them, what worked, what didn’t. Keep writing until you feel an emotional release of what no longer serves you. Make a list of goals, and all you would like to manifest for the new year.
GO OUTSIDE: Take time to be in nature. Go for a walk, sit on the beach, or have lunch at the park. Breathe in the fresh air. Spending time outdoors allows us to recharge, and gain a new perspective, or see the bigger picture of life. “The physician treats, but nature heals” Hippocrates.
ATTEND A SERVICE / COMMUNITY CLASS: Having a sense of community in our lives, brings a sense of comfort, and knowing that we are not alone. When we attend a service of prayer, or take a meditation class, it is a very powerful experience, that nourishes our soul. We connect to the oneness of all living beings. We are reminded of our divinity, and that our presence is our purpose.
STAY MOTIVATED WITH MUSIC: Music has the power to change our mood, almost instantly. When I have a challenging day, I look forward, to my yoga practice and putting on my latest playlist that helps me to let go. Create a new year playlist, with your favorite songs that inspire and motivate you!