This is an 'Old Year Gratitude Ritual' that @suek has developed as a lovely way to say goodbye to the year that has just been. She has done this ritual before and describes it as a really rich and useful exercise to go through. I am totally going to do this at our campsite where we'll be on NYE! If you have trouble finding time and space to do something like this (i.e. you have little kids around), just adjust it to suit. No pressure - just do what you can. On New Year's Eve I'll publish another post with a different ritual @suek has devised on how to set your intention for 2019.
Decide on where you want to carry out your ritual. It could be a whole room in your home, or a special chair, desk or table, or maybe a corner of your bedroom. Maybe it's your airbed in your tent, a desk at the library or at a local cafe. Where ever you can get some time to yourself.
First set up a mat, cushion, blankets, candle, music—whatever you need for
meditation, yoga and writing.
Prepare some drinks and food for the writing session. Tea, chocolate, fruit… small nourishing things.
Get some favourite clean clothes laid out and ready to put on later.
Light a candle.
Meditate however you usually do it, for as long as you like.
Do some yoga or some sort of movement if you feel like it. If you don't have a regular yoga practice, you can use this free one.
Then it's time for some writing. Use an old notebook, journal or loose paper, not a new notebook for this writing. Use these
questions to help prompt your memory about the year past:
- What were my happiest times in 2018?
- What did I do or achieve that I’m please with?
- How did I grow personally or spriritually in 2018?
- What habits did I let go? What habits did I pick up?
- What did I make or build or develop in 2018?
- How did I take care of myself in 2018?
- Who were my guides during 2018?
- Who did I guide, help, influence in 2018?
- What major challenges did I face? How did I face them?
- What miracles did I experience?
After exploring these questions, write a list of the things you’re most grateful for in 2018.
Now, write a heartfelt goodbye note to 2018. You are leaving it behind, and moving into a brand new year, so take this opportunity to take formal leave of 2018. It can be as long or short as you like.
Close your notebook or journal and put it away. You are finished with it now.
Now move your body! Do some yoga, dance, bounce, shake, got for a walk or run - any kind of movement you feel like, for as
long as you like.
To finish sit still once again. Say “Goodbye 2018. Thank you for everything you’ve taught me.”
Blow out the candle.
Wash off the old year by taking a shower, bath or swim.
Dress in clean clothes.
Look yourself in the eye in the mirror and smile!
The old year ritual is over.