Ringing in the New — How Reflecting on the Past Enhances the Future

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Ringing in the new…

Ringing in the new is what many do at this time of year. But what does that phrase mean? How will you manage this profound annual transition?

And finding time to welcome the New Year offers an opportunity to reflect, let go, and step powerfully toward the promises and the challenges rising on the horizon.

The key to ringing in the new, however, is finding the time and the space to be with yourself and be mindful about how you do it. This can be difficult, as there are many pressures to contend with at the coming of the year.

Ringing in the new — social or solitary?

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are, for many people, times for celebrating with friends and family.  These can be wonderful occasions for appreciating and enjoying the people in our lives.

I would suggest, however, that the bustle of social activities that often accompany the turning of the year, can be a distraction. That’s the case when they 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 in the coming days. This is a gift to yourself — time to reflect, let go and open yourself to the coming new year.

But how do I reflect on a whole year?

A year is such a long span of time. And any year is filled with such a range and variety of experiences and feelings. This is all true, but don’t let yourself be overwhelmed by it all.

When you sit quietly and simply open, images and recollections will invariably emerge, offering you a reflective review of your year.  There will be times of joy and of loss, frustration and triumph.

Don’t judge anything.

Let it all just bubble up and “be.”

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 the past year.  They inform who you are and what you bring to your coming days.

Ringing in the new means relaxing, opening, reflecting on the past, letting it all go, and opening to what’s to come. What you are doing, as you reflect and let go, is grounding yourself in the present moment before you turn to contemplate your future.  You need to know and feel solid in where you ARE in order to open and move meaningfully toward where you want to go.

Honor yourself and your journey…

Indeed, reflecting on the Old Year as part and parcel of welcoming the New is one of the best ways I can think of to honor yourself and your life. Doing this, 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 are starting from, it’s difficult to embark on your journey.

So, how will you give 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 today to breathe and let yourself open to what has been.

Want more help ringing in the new?

You face unique questions and are called, continually, to come up with unique solutions. So, I’m offering something to help with that today. It’s a deck of cards — 50 cards, to be exact. And it’s titled Mindful Moments: Heart-Based Reflections on Time and Life. The focus of this particular card series consolidates decades of my experience into bite-sized reflections and journal prompts. To learn more, click this link: https://thetimefinder.com/MindfulMoments.html

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