Finding Time to Ring in the New

Finding time to ring in the new, as they say, and welcome the New Year offers an opportunity to reflect, let go, and joyfully step toward the promises rising on the horizon.  The key, however, is finding time!

Ring in the New Mindfully

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are, for many of us, times for celebrating with friends and family.  These can be wonderful occasions for appreciating and enjoying the people in our lives.  But there’s a downside to the bustle of social activities that often accompany the turning of the year. They can keep us from offering ourselves mindfully to the experience of this profound transition.

That’s why I enthusiastically encourage you to consider setting aside some quiet time for yourself. Make it time to reflect, let go, and open yourself to the coming new year.

A year is such a long span of time, and filled with such a range and variety of experiences and feelings!  When you sit quietly and simply open, images and recollections will invariably emerge. They offer you a reflective review of 2010.  There will be times of joy and of loss and of frustration and triumph.  Don’t judge anything.  Let it all just bubble up and “be” as you let go of what’s gone and ring in the new.

Reflect and release…

As you reflect in this way, open yourself to appreciate and let go of the many, many experiences that have filled your time and your life in 2010.  They are the texture of your year. They inform who you are and what you bring to 2011. This is true, even as you relax your hands and let them each go.

How it works:

What you are doing, as you reflect and let go, is profound. You are grounding yourself in the NOW before you turn to contemplate your future.

Why is that important? You need to know and feel solid in where you ARE in order to open and move meaningfully toward where you want to go.

Indeed, reflecting on the Old Year as part and parcel of welcoming the New is a key to success. You honor yourself and your life. And you ground yourself deeply in solid reality as you step toward your future.

Whatever your plans, goals, and dreams, if you don’t know where you’re starting from, it’s difficult to embark on your journey!

Ready to start?

So, are you ready to ring in the new by giving yourself this gift of stillness and reflection? It doesn’t have to be for long spans of time.  I’d suggest that you start small, and start now!

Take a few moments to breathe and let yourself open to what has been.  And I’d love to hear your experience with this. How does it work, and what do you think, as we head, together, toward 2011?

And how about this?

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Let’s explore time together …


  1. Thanks for your encouragement to take time to listen within. What fascinating stories about the past year bubble up, when I quiet my mind! I guess that when self-criticism walks out the door, the life lessons walk in.

    Happy New Year, Paula! Here’s to finding time…

  2. What a wonderful way to sum it up, Alison – and I look forward to hearing about the life lessons that move into the space vacated by all that departing self criticism!

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