I know it’s hard to believe that 2014 is coming to an end already! And, with the arrival of December, now is the perfect time to reflect back on your past year…
And it's also time to begin thinking about what you want to manifest next year, so that 2015 can be a truly magical one for you.
In today’s blog post, I wanted to share with you my personal 'End of Year Reflection' process because this is what I will be doing this upcoming weekend. It is a very nourishing, healing process that I look forward to doing each year. It provides the perfect space for contemplating my previous year, as well as indulging in my dreams and seeing beyond the illusions of my fears.
It's a powerful way to learn from the past, and get ready for your best year yet, so that you can create a beautiful and empowering 2015... Below are 5 ideas that can help guide you to doing your own personal reflection of 2014.
You may choose to do this by yourself or with a supportive friend. Please do feel free to modify these ideas so that you make this process uniquely your own. Let your intuition guide you as to what will work best for you…
1. Schedule 'me time'
Set aside at least 2 hours of quiet time that you won't be interrupted by your family, friends or work, and if you can, aim for longer!
I like to do my End-of-Year Reflections on a Sunday afternoon. I don't like to rush this process, so I usually set aside around 4 hours...
Plus, if there is anything special that you would like to have on-hand, it's best to get organized in advance. I always like to make sure I have plenty of my favourite kinds of soul-nourishing snacks and delicious herbal teas, as well an abundant selection of paper, cardboard, special marker pens and post it notes.
2. Set up sacred space
Create a safe, healing and sacred space to support yourself for this inner journey of reflection, growth and contemplations.
You might like to energetically cleanse the room with sage, light beautiful candles, and burn your favourite incense or essential oils. Put on fairy lights if you have them.
Being a highly sensitive person, I like to 'be' with this process in silence, but you may choose to quietly play some soft, background music.
Make yourself comfortable. In England it’s winter-time so I will be wearing warm clothes, turning the heaters on high and surrounding myself in a beautiful circle with lots of soft blankets and pillows.
For my friends in the Southern hemisphere, you may wish to do this outside in the sunshine, perhaps on a beach or on a sacred piece of land.
3. Focus on your joy
Once your room is set up, get yourself comfortable, and take some time to look back on your year.
Use this time to recall the things and events that made you happy. What were the things that made you proud of? What were your victories? What filled you with joy?
For the things that did not work out the way you envisioned or wanted, trust that something even better is coming to you. Take some to reflect on what lessons and gifts did you receive from your setbacks. Let yourself feel victorious and empowered about yourself and your year.
Give yourself permission to celebrate all your successes, both big and small. Remember to include your inner healing work and spiritual goals, as well as your external ones. Write them down if you like.
If you have trouble remembering specific events, feel free to use reminders such as your diary or a calendar.
4. Release the year with a meditation
Now is the time to give thanks and gratitude for all that has been.
In your meditation, connect with the personal growth you have experienced this year. Breathe it into your body, and breathe it out of your body, gently releasing it and letting it go.
Use this meditative time to do whatever else you need to do...
- Do you have anyone (or yourself) to forgive?
- Do you have anything that you would like to say?
- Do you have any old fears that you would like to release?
Allow any other ideas and memories to pop into your head and jot them down as well.
Do some gentle breathing and when you are ready come back from your meditation, for the final part of this process: Setting your intentions for 2015 and transforming them into your own 'Dream Board' for next year.
5. Create a dream board for the year ahead
Once you feel complete with 2014, now is the time to turn your attention to what goals and dreams you would like to manifest in your life in 2015.
Think about what you would really love to do next year? Let your imagination go wild. Would you like to learn a new skill, go on a yoga retreat, change jobs, or be more creatively self expressed?
Take some time to visualize these new possibilities. Listen to your body. See if they resonate for you. If they do, you will feel it in your body; a sense of excitement, aliveness and energy.
Design your dream board in a way that feels right for you. For example, it could be a mandala (a circle), a picture collage or a brainstorm made up of words. You could choose to make your Dream Board big or small, black and white or filled with bright colors.
Use your dream board to capture your heart-felt intentions and goals for 2015.
Take the time to reflect on the past year...
Use this beautiful process to integrate your lessons and distinctions from 2014, so that you consciously plant the seeds to design an incredible 2015 for yourself and the world!
And now I'd love to hear from you... Do leave me a comment below and let me know what are you grateful for from 2014. And, what are you happy to leave behind?
With so much Love,
From my heart to yours,
Katrina Love Senn xo