Letting go and letting in


A new year is upon us.  And so many of us have special ways to mark the passage of time — whether it be kisses, retreats, sauerkraut, black eyed peas, raucous parties, or a big ball dropping. 

What is your ritual?

For the past few years, I’ve fallen into an “out with old, in with the new” routine.

For the old, I ponder and make a list of everything I want to let go from the past year.  The list includes things, people, habits, and feelings that no longer serve me.  As early as new year’s eve and as late as during the first week of the new year, I go outside and burn that list.  This is how I let go.  

How do you let go?

As I make space for what I really want, I craft an old-fashioned vision board for the new.  I sort through magazines and cut out words and images that speak to me and what I want to manifest in the new year.  I sort and re-sort my piles.  Eventually I organize my vision onto a black slate.  Organically, it all comes together into my picture of the future that will unfold over the coming year.  This is how I let in.

How do you let in?

I’ve done these acts of magic alone and in small groups, and each circumstance has been equally powerful.  I can’t imagine starting out a new year without setting my intentions.

If you follow the inner path using truth and clarity as your compass points, the outer world cannot help but respond to your intention. 
— Deepak Chopra