Celebrating New Beginnings
“In order to celebrate new beginnings, I think it only appropriate to celebrate the endings— I like to call them necessary endings, for they precede new beginnings.”
I love the practice of spending time reflecting on the year that passed, giving attention to what we have already accomplished, however small, we might think it is. It doesn’t have to be some grand accomplishment.
I believe it is the many small milestones that add up to something wonderful, and meaningful. It could be something simple, like setting a boundary with a friend or loved one, or having the courage to get up in front of a large audience and
giving a heartfelt speech. Or, for some, it’s honoring your commitments.
Bringing in a new year means different things for us all. The new year, for me, is about setting authentic intentions: be it a gratitude practice, practicing active listening with empathy, or learning a new skill. This exercise encourages mindful reflection.
Never underestimate the power you have to take your life in a new direction.
Every moment is a fresh beginning. Life’s not about expecting, hoping and wishing; it’s about mindful doing, being and becoming. I like to focus on the dreams of the future rather than the history of the past. This encourages new ideas to come in.
Keep a notepad close. I like to write a list of 10 things I will leave behind and 10 things I will bring with me into the new year. Remember, it can be small simple acts that are relevant, and meaningful to you.
I also encourage walks in the winter. Get outside. Fresh air is a must, so whether it be a long walk or run to bring in the new year, I suggest get outside and get moving as you start the new year off. It will leave you feeling refreshed and alive.
This is a foundation for those inspirations to come into the mind’s eye; the part of your mind that allows you to visualize things. All it takes is quieting the mind, letting your imagination run free, and a cup full of courage to create a new beginning.
Wishing you all your heart desires. - Laurie
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