New year – my favourite ‘festival’
You can make a fresh start any time you like, but there’s something about that collective energy, the idea that people all over the world are somehow doing this together, that makes new year’s eve incredibly special to me.
Tonight, I’ll be saying goodbye to 2014 with a couple of friends.
Here’s what we might do – a simple new year’s ritual I enjoyed a couple of years ago, in a different home, in a different town, with different friends.
Each person has three pieces of paper.
On the first one they write three things they were grateful for in the past year.
On the second, they write three things they wish to let go of at this time.
On the third, three things they want to welcome into their life in the coming year.
Taking one sheet at a time, we go round the group so that each person (if they want to) can share what they’ve written. And once shared, those thoughts can be thrown onto the fire.
It’s a small ritual – not too intense, yet surprisingly deep.
The last time I did this, there were a lot of tears, and a powerful feeling of letting go. This year, perhaps it will be the same. There are so many things I’m grateful for, so many things I’d like to leave behind. And don’t get me started on the things I want to welcome into my life in 2015.
We shall see. Right now, I just want to be present in the moment with my friends and our thoughts and our feelings.
Whatever you’re doing tonight, have a wonderful night.
Most of what I know and practice has been learned from the wonderful Glennie Kindred, author of many books exploring earthy spirituality, seasonal celebrations and our connection to land and spirit from a European and especially Celtic perspective.
I highly recommend her self-published book, Creating Ceremony, as an accessible, practical how-to guide for planning and holding your own rituals and sacred celebrations.