Friday, December 31, 2010

Simple New Year Blessing Ritual

As students of magic and metaphysics, we know that what we focus on expands.  So, simply by taking a moment to assess our wins, congratulate ourselves for our progress, and get in touch with a deep sense of gratitude for the blessings we experienced in 2010, we can magically infuse the coming year with avalanches of wealth, victorious windfalls, and positive conditions of all kinds.  With that in mind, grab a notebook and answer/complete the following.

Thinking back on 2010...

1.  List 5 personal victories - big or small - that you experienced.  (Examples:  I got physically stronger, I recycled more, I created more art...)

2.  List 5 precious, priceless gifts that you received from others or from the Universe.  (Examples: my trip to Hawaii, spending time with my partner, an afternoon vision of sunlight dancing on the lake...)

3.  List 5 challenges that you faced and the valuable lessons you learned from them.  (Example:  I faced the death of my beloved pet/I learned how to appreciate the present moment and love my still-living family and companions deeply, to get in touch with my emotions, and how to be strong in a crisis.)  The purpose of this one is to notice the blessings hidden within seeming challenges so that we can release our fears about the future and be fully open to all the ways that the universe showers blessings upon us.

4. Set a timer for 2 minutes, and during that time brainstorm as many things as possible that you are grateful for in your life.  It doesn't matter how small or how large.  (Examples:  the amount of money I do have, the roof over my head, my cozy slippers, the food in my cupboard, my friends, my family, my opportunities, my talents, laughter, books, poetry, the sun, the moon, the Star Wars trilogy...)

Now, put on some relaxing music, light a candle and perhaps some incense, and sit comfortably with your spine straight.  Place your right hand over your heart and your left hand over it.  Close your eyes, and conjure up all the gratitude you possibly can.  Marvel at your good fortune, and at the good fortune you experienced in 2010.  Relax into this feeling.

When this feels complete, remove your hands from your heart and open them up to the sky, arms angling out, palms facing up.  With your eyes still closed, slightly tilt your head up so that your face is gently angled toward the sky.  This is a gesture of welcoming in even greater blessings for the year ahead.  Visualize very bright golden/white/rainbow light streaming down from above.  Receive it gratefully and with an open heart.  Let it swirl around you and surround you.


photo:  flickr.com/kateausburn

17 comments:

  1. This is a lovely idea, Tess! Thank you! Many Blessings to you in the coming year!

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  2. Thank you so much, Barb! Many blessings to you too!

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  3. my NYEve was much like this...minus the "homework" lol...it involved peace...the stars thru the forest trees and a huge gratitude for making it thru 2010 with the remainder of my sanity and a sense of calm and great expectation for 2011

    Bright Blessings

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  4. Thank you Tess for sharing this simple but great idea for gratitude meditation <3
    Ivelina

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  5. Thank you so very much for posting this! this has been very invigorating and goes along with the other inner work programs that i am working on. Blessings and light!

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  6. beautiful...I look back at 10 with trepidation. I hated most minutes of it. However, this has shown me what i've learned, what Im grateful I learned and that there were some beautiful and wonderful things that happened. If those things can happen during such a bad year, imagine what can happen in a good one! like 11 ! Lovin' 11!

    Peace

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  7. Thank you so much, after a terrible 2010, with many of my family affected by illness, i found it hard at first to find something to be thankfull for, but this ritual really works, and I've realised how blessed I am with what I have got, how lucky I am to be loved, and fortunate in having learnt many lessons and got answers and sudden realizations of why things happened when they did, I look forward to 2011 taking me further along this path of understanding.

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  8. this makes me feel beautiful. thank you.

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  9. Oh I am overjoyed that so many of you found this post to be helpful and inspiring! Thank you so much for the kind words, and for reading. I am very grateful! Many blessings to all in the year ahead.

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  10. Can't wait to do this ritual for 2011!

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  11. Awesome! I hope you enjoy it. And it's almost your year (the year of the Dragon)!

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  12. This looks like an excellent habit to develop every year. Especially in such a difficult year that has been 2011, I think it's important we recognize every part of it, good and bad, difficult and easy. It's way too easy to look back and say, "Welp, that year just sucked. Let's move on". The universe doesn't hand out gifts freely. My belief is that if you don't
    acknowledge the gifts you are given, you won't get many more in the future.
    Thanks for all your inspiration, Tess

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  13. Thanks for the encouragement, Nashvlnic, and for reminding me of this post! Might be a good time to post it again. Many blessings to you in the new year!

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  14. Thank you for what you said...

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  15. Thank you for this, Tess. I did this last year, it was very powerful. I have just looked it up again, so that I can do it again this year. xxx

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    1. Yay, Ola! Happy to hear it. That reminds me - I think I'll post this again. Many holiday blessings to you!

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