Hello Lagom Lifer!
It’s time to say goodbye to the old year, leave all the mistakes behind and prepare ourselves to attract positive energy for the New Year.
Welcoming a new year is a holistic thing to me: if you don’t get rid of the old stuff, the mistakes and the negative energy, you won’t have any room for the new things, new adventures, properity and good vibes to come in. My psychology used to repeat all the time: movement creates movement, and I agree with her. That is why, it’s good to shake the negativity away before New Year.
I developed a 5 steps ritual, which I’ve been doing for the past three years, and I want to share it with you to kick off 2017 with positive energy.
1.- Reorganize, redecorate and move things around.
I’m obsessive when it comes to organizing. I confess there are times when I’m lazy too; but most of the time, I love organizing and move things around. It all comes down to what my psychology used to say: movement creates movement. I usually reorganize my books, my clothes, the furniture or anything else… just a little movement to keep the good energy flowing in.
2.- Throw away what you don’t use anymore.
We all accumulate things we don’t use anymore. We don’t want to throw them away because we are emotionally attached to them or we’re adamant to let go. As to me, I usually accumulate clothes and papers. I buy clothes I fell in love with but 3 months later, I realize some of them do not suit to my style or I don’t like them anymore. I also keep my bills and receipts in case I need them in the future, but I wind up having a big pile of papers.
Accumulating things is a reflection of what we accumulate on the inside: emotions, memories, regrets, mistakes. I learnt that if I don’t let go the things I no longer need, I won’t let go those bad emotions, regrets and mistakes either, I would keep carrying them on my shoulders.
The end of the year is very special to me to get rid of that stuff I don’t use any longer, detach emotionally from them and let go. I will share my method on decluttering in a future post.
3.- Tidy up.
I tidy up all the house and I dust very well to blow all the negative energy away. Feng Shui says dust is like a magnet to negative energy; so the more dust is accumulating in your house corners, the more you attract bad vibes into your life. I suggest you to check out this great article by Feng Shui Elements to learn more on dust and its negative effects according to Feng Shui.
4.- Look in the rearview mirror.
This is one of the things I’m very keen about saying goodbye to the old year: looking in the rearview mirror. I make a list of the things I achieved that I’m proud of, and I also make another list of the trippings that I had or mistakes I made and what I learnt from them.
Your proud-list can be anything, it doesn’t matter how small you think it is, as long as you feel proud of it. For instance, you could be proud of having made a donation to an organization or you may be proud of volunteering.
Your trippings-list can be tough, but the key is to remember how you get on your feet again and what you learnt from that. On your trippings-list, you could include a mistake you made at work and write next to it the lesson you got from making it.
5.- Be thankful.
Finally, and the most important of the above, is to be thankful for all the good and the not so good things we went trough during the old year. You can do a thank-list, go to church, you say out loud the things you’re thankful for or whatever that comes to your mind to be thankful… You don’t have to make a whole ritual to say thank you to the Universe (or God), just do it.
Lagom Lifer, I hope these tiny tips help you to say goodbye to the old year, close chapters and welcome the next year with open arms. And as always…
Thank you for reading!