How to set loving intentions for a new year:
One of my favorite ways to prepare for ringing in the new year is to wake up on the morning of Dec. 31st and write out a list of everything I am grateful for throughout this entire past year. I sit for a moment and feel into the energy of each month behind me and then write out briefly what I am thankful and grateful for by connecting to: what I’ve learned, who I’ve met, the sad moments, the happy ones, the new experiences, the places I’ve been and whatever else comes up. Without getting into what I intend for the upcoming year, I simply reflect on all of the beauty and life that has happened in the year behind me.
On the evening of New Year’s Eve, I highly recommend to my friends, clients and family that you celebrate and experience the new year in a way that has meaning and feels good for you, no matter where you are. Even if you’re with a bunch of friends or at home alone, take a few moments for you as the new year arrives and you have your few first breaths connect to the year. It can be as simple as stepping outside for a moment and welcoming love, health and happiness into your life for 2017. Or, speaking out loud to the year and sharing a few of your bigger intentions, like taking time to travel and explore or feeling valued in every aspect of your life. I really believe that where you are and how you welcome in this new year is directly connected to the energy of the year you are welcoming into your life. And, remember, it doesn’t have to be anything big, it’s an awareness and intentional gesture from you with your first few breaths in the new year.
On the morning of New Year’s Day, I wake up and get a big cup of warm water with lemon (a great detox if you’ve had a couple of celebratory champagnes!), my usual coffee and a piece of paper and pen. I’ll then sit and meditate for about 15-20 minutes to connect to the first day of the year and receive clarity. Once I’m feeling clear and open, I begin to write. At the top of my paper I write, My 2017 Intentions: and then I begin listing everything out that I feel called to or desire to manifest in the upcoming year. I try not to think about it too much and just allow the feelings to take over. I don’t allow myself to think too much because I don’t want to get in the way of my heart. Many times, the mind will tell me how something is impossible or not going to be easy, but my heart trusts the energy and the direction I’m headed in the upcoming year. My list has everything in it from where I want to travel to how I want to feel to whom I want to meet to help my projects to what I want to call in. It is really one of my favorite things to do each year because it gives me a feeling of excitement, as well as healthy uncertainty with what the unknown of this brand new year will have in store. For me, writing a new year’s intentions and manifestation list makes me feel connected because I feel I’ve done my best to welcome in the new year by introducing myself and my intentions to it. The rest is going to take care of itself and bring whatever is intended for my highest good.
My husband and I now have a tradition of doing this together and once we’re completed with our list, we read them aloud to one another to strengthen our intentions. If you have a partner or friend, it’s a great exercise to do this together once your list is complete. The power of the spoken word holds its own vibration and can help enhance the strength of your list.
Side note: this year, we have a new moon on December 29th, which is also a great time to write out a list of all you intend to call in or want over the next month/s. I’m a big believer in working the energies of the moon, so it’s a great time to write out and begin your intentions before the new year is here.
KELSEY J PATEL is a spiritual empowerment coach, healer and entrepreneur dedicated to helping you live a vibrant, joy-filled, abundant life. Through her public speaking, Fortune-500 consulting, online programs and private practices of reiki, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), and intuitive healing, she guides others through the process of releasing their old stories and limiting beliefs. Through healing these past wounds, her clients can then step into lives filled with peace, purpose and true fulfillment. Connect with Kelsey: Website // Facebook // Instagram