January, the month of new beginnings beckons.
This is the month to dream, to look forward to the year ahead and the journey within.
For many, the month of January means reflecting on the past year and looking forward to the year ahead with new dreams, plans and intentions to make this new year one full of joy and wellbeing.
It’s never too late to create what you want in your life and for many of us, January and a New Year is the ideal time to start.
A good place to begin is with a process of reflection on the year that has been. There are many terms and concepts for this process such as clearing, releasing and using a ritual like a closing ceremony to honour and celebrate the gifts, lessons, challenges and blessings from the year that has been.
In doing this process we can deeply see our life with clarity and find the understanding and peace we are seeking. There are many ways to do this such as meditation, quiet time alone for reflection and creative visualisation, journaling and creative expression. It’s important to find a way that suits you, and provides self-nurturing during this process. It can be joyous to celebrate our transformations of the past year but this reflection can also remind us of challenges, difficult life lessons and pain experienced along the way.
January and a New Year is a new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced and loved. Answers are to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and discovery. Take some time out for yourself in which to reflect and dream.
Questions to ask yourself that you can use in your meditation, reflection time, creative visualisation, art and written journaling are
- When you look back on the past year, how do you feel and what do you think of?
- What was the biggest challenge you faced in the past year?
- What did you learn from this and how did you grow?
- What were the things that brought you the most joy and happiness in the past year?
- What are the discoveries that you have made about yourself this year?
- What are you most proud of and what are you most grateful for?
- What are you ready to let go of as you enter the new year?
- What are your hopes, dreams, wishes, desires and aspirations for the year ahead?
- Instead of making resolutions, what intentions will I set for myself this year? How will I stay on track, motivated, focused and stay committed to these intentions?
- If you knew that a year from today you could be living the most creative, joyous and fulfilling life you could imagine, what would it be and what changes would you make?
For your clearing process and Closing Ceremony you can write down all of the challenges, difficult life lessons, disappointments, losses and things you want to heal, let go of and release. You can then burn these either in a fireplace or use a candle and say the following affirmation
“Everything that has happened to me this year is part of life’s journey unfolding for me to experience, grow and learn. I feel gratitude for the year that has been and rest in the moment knowing that I am on perfectly on track and exactly where I need to be right now”
Then you can blow out the candle and do some meditation, prayer, creative visualisation and in this quiet time you can through your breathing feel the release of the old with your out-breath as you exhale and feel the invigoration of the new beginning in your in-breath as you inhale.
To set your intentions for the New Year you can write or draw these and keep them in a journal or post around in your home as a reminder of what you are wanting to create in this New Year.