Let’s Release the Old Year and Invite the New
Whether you celebrate your New Year's Eve with fireworks, watching the ball in times square, or the 12 grapes tradition – eating one grape for each month to ensure prosperity in the new year – it is a perfect time for ritual release and renew.
Here are a few of my own New Year's Eve Rituals. Feel free to use them to help you wrap up the old year and welcome the new:
Karma Cards. (Release Exercise)
- Use two index cards.
- Title the first one 2015: What Went Right.
- Title the second one 2015: What Went Wrong.
- Notice if the items you list are things you're responsible for or if they're a ‘that's life experience.' Notice if there's any thing you could have done differently. Notice what you did DO.
- Bless it all and tear up the index cards.
What's Your Headline? (Release Exercise)
- Use index cards to jot down some of the big events of this year.
- Craft bold and provocative titles for each one.
- Imagine the story behind each headline.
- Pick the story that appeals to you most and do some free flow writing.
- In reviewing your writing what stands out for you most about this year?
Life Is In The Leap (Transition Exercise)
- Use index cards to jot down each Lesson (the learning opportunities).
- Use index cards to jot down each Leap (the leadership opportunities).
- For 2015, notice which category you experienced most, the lesson or the leap. No judgment.
- Looking ahead to 2016, what vision calls to you as the next natural progression. Do 5 minutes of free flow writing in your journal.
Have any exercises or rituals you'd like to share? Please post below.