As the year 2023 draws to an end, it is important to take the time to reflect on all the little things that we experienced. We underestimate the impact of the little things we have achieved and experienced. It is often the little things that change us and help us grow. Our society focuses on big achievements and events as the most important life-changing experiences, and although those can be true, I invite you to see if you can focus, journal, or reflect on the little things. As 2023 draws to an end, notice the subtle changes and experiences that have helped you grow.
It is always good to start with a ritual that feels honoring for you. If you have an altar table, you can sit at your altar table, light your candle, and set your intention. Your intention can be something like: As I reflect on 2023, may my Higher Self and/or my Spirit Guides help me see what I need to learn/know for my highest good. (Have a look at this blog for ideas on how to create your altar space).
Create a timeline of your year starting in January of 2023, look back at your diary/calendar week by week or month, and reflect on the things that occurred and how they impacted you. It is better to write this out than typing it because there are releases that can occur on multiple levels. The thoughts move from the mind out into the heart, where we experience our emotions and release them via our eyes and hands onto paper. The connection between our mind, heart, and hand is important to note, as it brings catharsis and a somatic release for our bodies.
It is in the painful and trying moments that we grow the most. We may not see this at the time of a difficult situation. We may not see our growth, but we can notice that when we reflect.
" Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place." - Rumi
Questions to reflect on:
How did this situation impact me?
What stories did I tell myself about the situation?
What did I learn?
How did I grow or heal?
What did I fear, feel angry about, or sad about?
What emotions did I deny, repress, or express?
What is present for me to learn and grow from now?
Now that you have completed your timeline and reflection, you can burn or tear your paper to release the old as you move into the new, visualize the color green offering fresh new growth and beginnings.
If you prefer to follow this meditation to move from 2023 to 2024, click on this link:
*Tranquil Breezy Early Morning: https://open.spotify.com/track/0nK1PDaxvwGlMOGojvsoSt?si=395e805b366e4055
Moving into 2024, you can follow the meditation above or create a vision board for 2024. Vision boards are a great way to envision the year ahead. Set an intention by speaking to your Higher Self/ Spirit Guides, and ask them to help you see what is present for your highest good in 2024.
My family and I do this ritual at the end of every year. We pull out old magazines and get a large board, scissors, and glue. We set the timer for 30 minutes, looking for pictures that call out to us, and then 30 minutes to stick them onto the large board. The timer is important as things get drawn up from the unconscious plane. If we spend too long looking at pictures, the spontaneity from the unconscious is lost.
We then spend a few minutes discussing and noticing what we have placed on the board, and where. It is always interesting to see how our unconscious Self invites us to paste photos or reflections that we didn't realize or expect, it is also interesting to notice the colors you have chosen as they tell you a layer to your story.
To do this practice, you will need:
a large poster board or piece of paper
old magazines, newspapers
a candle to set your intention with
meditation ( found above)
In numerology, we are moving into an 8 year in 2024. It is a year of ambition, leadership, authority, material balance, and a reminder to practice gratitude for everything we experience and achieve. It is also the year of spiritual abundance and growth. May 2024 offer you the gifts of growth and learning that we took from 2023.
As you set your intentions for 2024 ask yourself, what can I invite into my life that can help me grow, learn, or/and heal?
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