The last few days of a year always feel like a bridge to me. Standing midway on a bridge, I could look back at 2014, looking ahead is the upcoming year. Now as January 1 approaches, I am no longer in the middle of the bridge, but closer to one end of it. Just a couple of days ago, I facilitated a meeting and within the group, I led a ceremony of letting go & creating. I'm going to tell you about that ceremony now. Feel free to do it for yourself, today or tomorrow, or anytime that you are at a crossroad, looking back & moving forward. You can do this in a group, with someone special, or on your own.
Gather these items: 2 candles, a sheet of paper, markers / colored pencils / a pen.
Find a comfortable space where you will not be interrupted (inside or outside). Sit in a relaxed position and place one candle in front of you. Light it. Have your sheet of paper and writing materials nearby. Take a few minutes to close your eyes and think about the past year (or period of time). As you remember different parts of the year, you may recall both good and bad times. Bring everything to the forefront. As you think of things you want to let go of - experiences, situations, people, feelings, characteristics, interactions state them out loud and imagine you are throwing them into the fire (the lit candle). As you remember things you want to keep - accomplishments, experiences, interactions, feelings, relationships, characteristics write them down on the paper. Write them in any format you choose - use color, draw them, write the words out, make them into a design - whatever you feel drawn to do. Spend several minutes offering what you want to let go of to the fire and writing down that which you want to keep. Add to the paper new ideas as well - things you think of that you'd like to have in your life, but don't right now. Once you feel really complete with offering all that you want to let go of into the fire, light the second candle. Place the paper with everything written on it in front of you and put the 2nd candle on top of it. Close your eyes and spend a few minutes breathing and imagining the life you want. Imagine everything you wrote on that paper exists in your life right now. Imagine that as you go into the new year (or the new phase) this is your life. Spend a few minutes really breathing this into yourself. Expand yourself, with your breath, making space for your life to be exactly how you want it.
Blessings for the new year!
Instead of thinking - "What was I doing?" Think - "What was I learning?"
Instead of thinking - "I did it again!" Think - "I'll catch it next time!"
Instead of thinking - "That was stupid" Think - "It's okay, next time I'll do better."
Be as kind to yourself as you would be to your best friend......
Instead of waiting for someone to rescue you or to rescue someone else Be the hero of your own life
Instead of expecting someone else to create your life Be the creator of your life
Instead of being depressed about how your life is going Be an inventor and change it
Instead of following every idea that pops into your head Be committed to one great idea
Instead of telling the same old story over and over again Be the one who tells a new story
You get to choose what your life looks like and how it goes. Remember, if the story you chose isn't going well, stay open and flexible so that you can Choose a New One!
Instead of thinking you should already know Practice Self-Acceptance
Instead of thinking you should be like the rest Practice Self-Allowance
Instead of staying stuck in not knowing Practice finding new knowledge
Instead of rethinking all that didn't work Practice envisioning what you want
Here's an exercise ~ Imagine yourself in a different role; a role that inspires you, a role that you see as strong, empowered, and capable. Practice visualizing yourself in this role. Choose someone that you already see as successful in this role, like a celebrity, or someone in your community; remember to pick someone that you look up to, someone that is strong and capable, someone that is honest and loving, someone that is making a difference in his or her community or in the world. Watch this person - see how this person carries herself, what her posture is like, how she smiles, how she communicates with others; notice how you carry yourself, how you stand, how you walk, how you smile, how you interact; notice the differences. Practice carrying yourself the way the role model you chose does. Notice how it feels in your body to walk this way, notice how it feels and looks to smile this way, notice how others respond when you communicate this way. Choose what you like about this new way of being; make adjustments to what you don't like, or to what doesn't quite feel like you. Make adjustments until you feel really good in yourself. This is one of the ways you can learn from someone who has already learned this way of being. Keep practicing and keep noticing. Keep making
adjustments so that you get more and more in touch with the creation of this new you.
The purpose of being in this human body, on this planet now, is to grow to your highest potential.
Supriya Shanti practices coming from a place of contribution, unconditional love, freedom, & ease in all areas of her life. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge, insight, and healing abilities with all who come to her.