Powerful 5 Minute End of the Year Practice
Updated: Dec 31, 2021
This is such a powerful time of the year. So many traditions all around the world celebrate
or honor the darkness and the rebirth of light to one degree or another. If not the darkness or light theme, then the theme of end of the calendar year and the beginning of the new calendar year.
It is safe to say most traditions honor the transition period we are in right now. And perhaps this is magnified with Covid. More than ever, we need to find some anchor, some hope, some light at the end of the tunnel.
Because the pandemic is uprooting ALL of us, all over the world, it is forcing ALL of us to change in some way. That change may come easily, or it may come through much suffering. Or somewhere in between. Humans are not so great at allowing change to happen. Thus all the spiritual traditions are rooted in helping us let go to change.
Right now it can feel very challenging to let go to change, simply because the world is on fire and we just want to feel the familiar. To feel safe. So what can we do? We have to start somewhere!
Gratitude is a very powerful antidote for just about anything. We can feel gratitude for what we do have.
And yet, although it can help immensely because gratitude changes our perspective, it doesn’t necessarily shift what isn’t working in our life. Sometimes we need to dig deeper. Do we have the courage to be honest with ourselves about what isn’t working? Can we simply be willing to let go of the old- of what doesn’t fit for us any longer, even if we don’t know how to do that.
The secret is, we just have to be willing. We don’t already have to know how to change things. Truly this is about surrendering ourselves over to our highest good and healing. And OUR highest good and healing is the highest good and healing for the planet.
Did you know all the energy beings- whether they are Angels, our ancestors, Ascended Masters, guardian angels, guides whomever whatever, only want the highest healing good for us. Yup. We’re all in this together.
Here’s a 5 minute practice to help with the end of year transition. Replacing this with New Year resolutions will probably get each of us a lot farther along on our healing paths!
1) Bring your hands into prayer position (Anjali mudra) in front of your heart. Take a few deep breaths and then feel your gratitude for just ONE thing that’s happened to you this year. And in your own way, say “yes” to more of that in 2022. The trick here is to FEEL and sense your gratitude. Now, open your hands into a cup like shape, Imagine that “something” along with the gratitude in the palms of your hands, take a deep breath in, let your hands rise while gently blowing that sense of “yes” and your gratitude up to Source.
2) Now come back down to Anjali mudra. Think of one thing that isn’t working so well in your life— without judgement - imagine placing it between the palms of your hands. No matter what it is, if you can, thank it, and thank it for its lessons, and when you are ready, take a deep breath in, let your hands rise while gently blowing this issue up to Source for transformation. Code word here is gently.
Remember, Pema Chodron says we cannot let go of anything until we’ve learned what we need from it… so be gentle. We are not trying to get rid of any issues or health conditions. We are simply thanking them in advance and allowing our Higher Powers to help us transform them or ourselves around this issue.
3) Now back to Anjali mudra. Feel your gratitude for the power of coming into the moment, to your heart, and to this amazing miracle of life that each of us have been given.