Happy New Year! First and foremost, I need to tell you that the new year does not have to bring a “new you”. You are enough exactly the way you are. Do not allow this time to make you think of your faults or what you didn’t accomplish this past year. Let it serve as a powerful time where we can begin to see the possibilities for healing, for beautiful endings and miraculous beginnings. Let it serve as a reminder for all that you have accomplished so far, how strong you are, how resilient you have become, and how you will continue to grow into your unique, powerful self.
We can collectively shift our thinking to view the mark of the new year simply as a time to pause, re-evaluate where our intentions and values lie and choose where we wish to place our energy for the upcoming year. Writing your intentions during this time is a powerful ritual, however if you feel more called to sit and acknowledge simply how far you have come, then that’s just as beautiful and empowering as well.
Healing with intention.
While trying to find the right words to explain what I mean by “intention” in the title of this blog post, I did probably what most people do: I googled the definition. The below description came up.
First of all, “a thing intended” is useless when searching for an actual definition. Secondly, how amazing is the second meaning. While I began this blog post by thinking intentions would solely mean where/what you are putting your energy towards during this time of year, it also means “the healing process of a wound”.
What a beautiful reminder that sometimes our new year’s intentions do not have to be all “light, love and positivity”. Going into the new year with intention can mean gently promising to explore the shadow parts of ourselves and trying to understand those areas a bit more. These can be past wounds, past trauma or hurtful memories taking away from present peace. They can be any behavioral patterns you feel no longer serve your highest purpose or resonate with who you feel you truly are at your core.
Focus on healing the parts that need it most. Focus on some self-care medicine, whatever that looks to you. Practice compassion and patience above all. Let’s have this New Year’s serve as a reminder to heal wounds, so we can continue on the path of being our best selves and reaching our soul purpose (for us, others and the world). Use this time however you may need.
The table and worksheet below can serve as a guide for some new year writing. You can use this to write your intentions for the new year and explore how you think you can best bring healing to your life. If you feel a certain area of your own personal life is missing in the guide, add it! This is for you. Use it and modify it however you will.
What to do.
More importantly, what do you want to do? The possibilities for what you can accomplish, with the right amount of work, is endless. You really can do whatever you put your mind, heart and soul into. This I know. So, what do you want to accomplish?
The Dimensions of Wellness wheel, shown below, is a model used to check-in with your overall lifestyle and individual wellness. The wheel explores not only areas of physical health like nutrition and exercise, but also prompts you to check-in with emotional, spiritual and intellectual health, too. You’re probably asking what something like “intellectual health” may mean - but each part of the wheel offers a brief, concise description to help guide you in creating new year intentions that lead to overall healing - ones that work specifically for you.
Using this model and worksheet, check-in with the different lifestyle dimensions that lead to balanced overall health and wellness. The wheel contains all the different aspects of your life that contribute to your well-being. The table below guides you in creating a specific intention according to that area of your life, as well as establishing the purpose behind your intention. Print the below images from this page, or download the PDF worksheet here.
Keep moving forward.
For more new year-inspired writing, read last year’s blog post “Your New Year’s Guide to Honor the Old + Welcome the New”. There are 11 guided journal questions there to focus your intentions on ending the chapter that was 2018, and turning the page to 2019.
Make it a daily, weekly or monthly ritual for you to sit and revisit your goals, or just simply write. You can write what you feel grateful for, three things that happened to you that day and how they made you feel or simply one word to describe how your overall day went. Writing down your hopes, wishes, feelings and memories is healing work in itself - no matter how simple or grandiose the process.
Practice your positive affirmations, daily. Affirm your true beliefs. You can use some of the following or create your own: “I am enough as I am.” “I am strong.” “I am exactly where I need to be at this very moment.” “I am grateful for all I am, all I have and all that is.” “I let go of that which no longer serves me, and welcome all things that bring me closer to my highest good.”
Here’s to a great start to 2019, full of intention! I hope this year brings you all the healing and blessings you are worthy of. xx
“Find out what makes you kinder, what opens you up and brings out the most loving, generous and unafraid version of you - and go after those things as if nothing else matters. Because, actually, nothing does.” - George Sanders