I celebrate my successes, the friendships I made, and the joys as well as disappointments. I pat myself on the back for a year well done. I think of what I would like to create for the next year, and take some time to imagine what I would like. I also take a little time to think of anything I would like to let go or release.
I’m learning more and more about the importance of visioning and setting intentions, as well as the power of writing things down. As Mike Dooley, writer and speaker says, “Thoughts become things.”
If we can actually visualize what we want, it makes it more powerful. Taking time to sit and ‘daydream’ can help to bring it into reality. Including your feelings and excitement will help to bring it into reality.
I invite you to set a special time for yourself, creating what you would like for 2018. What would you like to do this year? What do you want to create for yourself? Where would you like to travel to and experience? What happened in 2017 that you’re really proud of or grateful for?
If you’re new to this concept, here are a few ideas to try:
Making lists - Take some time and write down your wishes, and seal them in an envelope, and put them away. ‘give it to God’ Write down things you want to let go of: bad habits, thoughts, or hang ups you might have. You can also list people you don’t want to associate with next year. It works best if you do it long hand on paper. You can chose to look at them the following year, or not. It's up to you.
Bowl Burning Ceremony - This is an old tradition. You can write down your wishes and the thigns you want to release or let go of, each on a separate piece of paper; and then put them in a ceramic bowl or metal tin (the releases first, then the wishes) and burn them, allowing them to be carried in the smoke. Symbolically, and spiritually, you’re sending it to the heavens. If you don't have the space to do the burning, you can ceremoniously tear them up or feed them into a paper shredder.
Vision Boards - Many people enjoy doing vision boards. Cut photos out of a magazine and paste them to a poster board, representing what you wish for. Keep it in a place where you will see it often throughout the year. Seeing it will help bring it into reality.
Daydreaming - Visioning takes steps, and the more you put into it the better. Imagine what you want, how it looks, sounds and feels. Putting your emotion into it helps, feeling what it’s like to have it happen. If you can create it like watching a movie; but from your vision point, like you’re actually playing in the film, it makes it more real. Do your happy dance in it, too.
Meditation - Taking some quiet time relaxing, and allowing yourself to feel how you want your next year to be can help to bring it into fruition. You can combine it with your daydreaming if you like.
It’s not too late to do this at the beginning of the year. You could spend some time in January doing this as well. Make this a special time. Make it fun and enjoyable. Make it you; however you would like to do it. You can play your favorite music, have a cup of tea, or anything you like.
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Best wishes for an abundant, joyous and adventurous 2018!