Here is my simple ten-minute way of celebrating and releasing the year. Three simple questions for you to answer.
You can grab a pen and paper right now and play along as you read, or if you enjoy the ambience of rituals, find a quiet spot at the beach, take a picnic rug to the park or light some candles at home. The setting is up to you.
But remember: It’s better done than perfect.
1. What can I thank the Universe for?
This is your chance to go on a rampage of appreciation, and list everything that made your heart dance this year. It’s a gratitude-fest and all of your best memories are invited.
Why does it matter?
Because no matter how many goals you kick, goods you acquire, riches you amass or lovers you meet, you will never feel true and sustainable happiness until you master the art of pausing to soak up and appreciate all of your blessings, gifts and successes.
Plus, by reflecting on your favourite moments and going, “Wow, these things were amazing, they made me feel alive/joyful/fulfilled” you are clarifying for yourself what you want more of — and you are simultaneously sending a clear memo to the Universe about your desires.
You get more of what you focus on, so it pays to throw a spotlight on the good in your life.
Example: Thank you Universe for my passion for philosophy and spirituality books, my fun-filled adventures to Japan and Europe, my beautiful supportive partner, the opportunity to connect with kindred spirits all over the world, and my nourishing yoga practice.
2. What life lessons did I learn about myself and the world?
This is your chance to list any major ‘aha!’ moments you had that expanded your mind and soul. Give yourself a pat on the back, a little nod of respect and a cheeky wink – you totally grew and evolved this year. You rock.
Why does it matter?
Because growing and flourishing into your best, brightest self through a series of life experiences is your ultimate purpose in life — to be you, to discover what makes your soul dance, and to go do that more.
Even if you’re not in a very good place right now, you may be surprised to discover just how much you’ve grown in a year. And that is an empowering realisation, and can open you up to expanding even further.
Example: I learned to turn inwards to my inner guide for answers, that negative emotions are an important warning sign that you’re out of alignment with your true self, that unconditional self-love and acceptance is the key to success, and that you are not limited by your current circumstances, only your imagination.
3. What held me back that I want to master?
This is your chance to reflect on any self-sabotaging patterns, negative vibrations, limiting beliefs or unhelpful habits that are keeping you bound in invisible chains when you were born to soar free.
Why does it matter?
Because the Universe will keep hitting you over the head with the same people, circumstances and challenges until you learn the lesson and grow out of it.
Tip: Only write down things that really did hold you back – not things you feel you ‘should’ master because society, your friends or your mother told you to.
It’s also important to answer this final question with a light-touch and an energy of self-love and acceptance — no beating yourself up. Even when you are striving to grow, you are perfect and complete along the journey. As Buddha once said, “We are all perfect as we are, and we could all use a little work.”
Example: My inconsistency with meditation is holding me back — I want to master the art of meditating every morning. Getting distracted by non-important tasks is holding me back — I want to simplify and spend more time on things that really matter. Emotional clutter is holding me back — I want to continue to release limiting beliefs and unwanted energy.
Once you’ve completed your year in review, you can keep your list to reflect on in six or twelve months time, or release it from your life — whatever feels right to you.
If you’re interested finding out how to chart your course for the year ahead, I’ll be posting more on dream life planning and goal setting soon.
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