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3 Ways To A Peaceful New Year

The New Year is often a time of hearty celebration with friends, music and alcohol. But what does one do if they prefer to ring in the New Year alone or more contemplatively?

There are a number of ways to celebrate the New Year in a less traditional way and make it meaningful. Below are three ways you can bring in the New Year quietly either alone or with friends.

1) Burning Bowl/Fire Pit. This is one of my favorites and can be done throughout the year either alone or with a group of friends. Doing it on New Year’s Eve is a powerful way to set the intention of what you want to let go and have more of in the New Year. But safety first! Since this uses fire, you want to be careful and consult with your local fire station to adhere to safety guidelines. You can modify this by tearing up the paper instead of using fire.

Here is how it works. On one sheet of paper, write down the things that you want to let go of. For example, anger, regret, jealousy, hate, and/or judgment. It’s not uncommon for people to use multiple sheets of paper. Then, take another sheet of paper and write down all of the things you want to bring or have waiting for you in the New Year.

Once you have these written down, burn the paper with all of the things you want to leave behind in either a large metal fire bowl, fire pit or tear it up into small pieces. If you tear up your paper, throw it in the outside garbage. Do not keep it in the house. Take a few minutes to process and release the energy that you no longer want. Then, take the list of things you do want and burn or tear that list into small pieces like you did the first list.

2) Wish Box. Write down all of the things that you want to have waiting for you in the New Year and include symbols of those things when possible. For example, you may want to place money in your box for prosperity and abundance. When you place your list and symbols in your box, take it outside on New Year’s Eve and place it where no one can find it. Then when you wake up first thing in the morning, go and get it so it is the first thing that comes into your home in the New Year. Open your box and go through each item and silently internalize the essence of what it will bring to you.

3) Meditate into the New Year. This is a fun one to do alone or in conjunction with the other two listed. Spend New Year’s Eve reflecting on what you learned this past year. Looking at what lessons the year brought helps to move you away from blame and negative emotions towards awareness and mindfulness. Then meditate throughout the evening on bringing in more of what you want and releasing what no longer serves you. End the year with your last meditation beginning around 11:45pm and ending after the New Year has begun.

There you have it, three ways you can peacefully bring in the New Year alone or with some friends!

With love and light from my family to you, I wish you a happy, abundant and loving New Year!

Jinnie Cristerna, LCSW

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Jinnie Cristerna, affectionately known as “The High Achievers Therapist”, works with talented people to help them release emotional pain and psychological roadblocks so they can achieve their personal and professional goals. Specializing in clinical and spiritual psychotherapy, heart centered hypnotherapy, vibrational energy, meditation, Yhandi and RoHun.  Sign up for Jinnie’s High Achiever newsletter, join her on Facebook and Twitter, or view her self-help books!