A New Year’s Eve Journaling Exercise for Healing and Growth

The year ends on the tail of a new moon offering us a beautiful space for self-reflection. 
I recently stayed at a sea-side cottage in coastal Maine where I could see the tide recede from the shoreline each afternoon. 

There’s an emptiness, a receding-ness, about the new moon energy too. It’s the same energy that supports us as we release negativity and all things that no longer serve us. 

It’s like the pulling back of the tide leaving all things exposed and tender. 

This is surely a time for letting go. This is a time for looking at all that remains when the curtain is pulled back. 

So what can we do with this energy to bring healing and positive change? 

As a year-end ritual, try spending a little time in contemplation. 

With a toddler at home, I know time is at a premium so there’s no need to fight the holiday and family needs. Instead, aim for 10 to 20 minutes each day leading up to the new year. 

Then ask yourself: 

How would I summarize the past year?

  • What were the highlights?
  • What strengthened me? 
  • What brought me joy? 

Also, 

What constricted my spirit?

  • What hurt me and what do I need to heal?
  • What felt heavy and how can I let that go? 

Write your answers out on paper-by hand. Feel the tide pulling back, exposing all things. Then: 

Bless it all. Release it all.

Personally, I’m working on becoming more comfortable with the emptiness. I look again at the low-tide and see rock and rubble where there was water just hours ago. I look at the coastline’s nakedness and try to accept that sometimes we are empty and naked. And that’s okay. 

It’s in that space that healing growth begin.

Ease into your new year knowing that the past is all a lesson learned. Tomorrow offers new and infinite possibilities. 

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