Sunday, December 31
The new year is a natural time to consider what you want— and what you don’t want— for the upcoming year. Try this New Year’s Eve ritual on your own, or with others:
- Take a few moments to reflect on something you would like to leave behind from 2023. It could be a burden, fear, worry, habit, or experience that isn’t supporting you. Write down or draw what you want to let go of on a piece of paper.
- Take a few breaths as you say good-bye to the thing you want to let go of. You can crumple, tear or — with adult permission and supervision— burn the piece of paper. As the paper is crumpled, torn, or turned to ash, imagine letting go of the burden and feeling lighter.
- After releasing what you don’t want, shift your focus to inviting something hopeful and enlivening for the upcoming year. Write or draw one thing you want to welcome into your life in the new year. It could be a goal, a feeling, a helpful habit, or a new experience.
- Find a place to display your intention for the new year in a visible place, such as on your bedroom wall or bathroom mirror.
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