Well Begun is Half Done – A New Year Ritual

I love New Year's because it's the perfect time to get a fresh start. A time to get clear on what's working in your life, and what you want to create for the coming year.

One of my spiritual teachers used to say: Well-begun is half done.

I take that to heart every new year and like to start the year in an intentional way. My favorite way is to begin with a New Year's ritual. I recommend you try it.

You can do this ritual by yourself or with your partner, close friends or family. I find that doing it with others gives it more juice--this year I'll be doing this ritual in a circle of six of my dear friends.

Here's the ritual:

1. On New Year's Day (or anytime in the first few days of the year), gather around a fire in a fireplace or around a big candle and speak out loud all of the things from the year that you want to let go of. This can include habits, behaviors, beliefs, fears, conflicts with others, and specific incidents or challenges. Imagine you are offering those into the fire to be burned.

2. Then speak out loud everything you are grateful for from the past year-- the joys, celebrations, and accomplishments (make sure to also include the lessons and "growth" experiences). Offer those into the fire to be amplified.

3. Finally, speak out loud everything that you welcome into the new year -- the intentions, vision, habits, beliefs, behaviors that you'd like to embrace. Offer those into the fire to ignite the new.

(Note: You may also like to write these three lists on separate pieces of paper and burn them in the fire.)

With a powerful start to the new year, you'll be on your way to a magical, miraculous new year. Happy 2018 - may it be a year of deep, lasting happiness!