My two little party animals are ready to ring in the New Year (and don’t worry, that’s catnip bubbly in those glasses.)
I like to spend part of New Year’s Eve reflecting on the year that’s about to end. It’s a great day to consciously give thanks for all the blessings the year has brought, and to acknowledge the things that may not have gone quite the way you would have wanted. Forgive yourself for any mistakes you may have made, and forgive others if you feel they’ve somehow done you wrong. Release the negatives gently, and with compassion for yourself and others.
Every New Year’s Eve, I make two lists: one lists all the things I want to let go of, the other lists my intentions and wishes for the New Year. On New Year’s Eve, I read both lists out loud. I start with the list of the things that no longer serve me, and after reading it, I tear it into small pieces. (One year, I did a ceremonial burning of the list in a metal bowl, but Allegra and Ruby were so spooked by this that I discontinued that part of the ritual!). I keep the list of the New Year’s intentions and wishes. It’s been wonderful over the years to see how many of the items on these annual lists have manifested.
We hope all of you have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve. May the coming year be filled with health, happiness, prosperity, and purrs.