Often during the year there are busy moments, but I can’t help comparing them to this time of year – the lead up to Christmas. To me, this time of year feels more hectic than any other, especially in shopping centres, cafes, even simply driving around. It’s like there’s a panic in the air. Deadlines urgently have to be met, jobs cleared before people go on holidays, cooking treats made, and of course Christmas gifts bought. I find it hard to escape the chaotic energy buzzing around.
In amongst this busyness there are times when I find moments of peace within me, and in my own personal environment. This reminds me how this time of year doesn’t need so busy, and how restful and rejuvenating the sense of peace is when I don’t go into this hectic flow. Sure it’s busier with extra jobs of Christmas preparation but I want to approach this time of year with a harmonious mindset instead of being on edge with rushing around.
Peace on earth, had taken on a new meaning for me. While I’d like peace to be on earth, it’s a long way off and a challenge. What I can do is start with peace internally within me. And when I’m in this mindset I find it more harmonious to reflect on the year that was, releasing it to help make room for the New Year. Also in this mindset I find I reassess what’s important in my life, and how friends and family have influenced my year, and my life journey. I list off people and events to be grateful for, which enhance my inner sense of peace, which in turn evokes a sense of joy within me and I keep connected to my personal life flow. This all hits a deep root of what’s important for me at this time of year.
Merry Christmas, may this time be safe, peaceful, and a joyous time as 2017 comes to a close.
My gorgeous friend Rebecca from A Blissful Existence is offering a guided review of 2017 and renew for 2018 with a series of reflective questions and mandalas to colour.
She is generously offering this in a free PDF or if you want a little more detail there’s a more comprehensive version to purchase.
Click here to check out her Review and Renew.
I’ve downloaded and printed mine and can’t wait to work through and release the year that was in all its glory and dilemmas and dramas, to help clear the way for the new year.
What I really like about what she’s presented here are the mandalas to colour. I write a lot, so I really like the chance to approach my personal reflection differently, with colour and meditation. It’s a nice change for me and helps to bring in new insights.
This time of year is when I do deep reflection about my life and the direction I’m taking. This year I’ll be doing it a bit differently with the help of mandalas from Rebecca 💖
Do you have any particular ritual you like to use to reflect on the year that was and herald in the new year?
Lilliana Rose 🌹
Despite the busy lead up to Christmas I find myself with time to reflect about my life.
Continuing the theme of letter writing, today I wrote about what I’m grateful for this year. While I have a more detailed post coming up on this topic, this letter was different to what I’ve done before. I’ve written it to be read in a year’s time, it was short and not full of detail. It’s a record of my life, a moment in time of my life and something I can keep and even reflect back on in future years.
Plus, I got to use my brand new pen I was recently given. Inspiration plus!
A simple ritual, writing down all I’m grateful for, and despite lots going not to plan in my life this year, I have so much to be grateful for. The extra good part of writing this letter was by the end of it I felt full of joy and positivity. And that’s the sign of a good ritual, and why the simple task of writing down what you’re grateful for is so beneficial 💖
Lilliana Rose 🌹