Bless this year with love and light. Bless this year with faith and sight. Bless this year with grace and ease. Bless this year with hope and peace.
One of the best ways to honor our soul's journey at the end of the year is to mine the lessons and gifts, and to use the wisdom gleaned to adjust our sails going forward.
Yep, these seas have been tumultuous for so long that it's like a permanent weather pattern.
And we can't control the weather, so our courageous souls can do the next best thing.
We can use our spiritual tools to connect with our inner wisdom, to align with the Divine, and to sail forward on the winds of faith, hope, kindness, gratitude, inner peace and love.
And that happens when we set the intention for grace to shine on our new beginnings.
We bless this year for all we learned,
For all we loved and lost
And for the quiet way it brought us
Nearer to our invisible destination.
- John O'Donohue
LOOK BACK, LOOK FORWARD, LOOK WITHIN
Acknowledging transitions is a spiritual practice in itself.
Taking time to look back, look forward and look within can transform our very souls and magnify the powers of healing and gratitude.
Small ceremonies can mark the intersection of where we've been and where we are going, creating a clear sense of before and after.
They can highlight the blessings of lessons learned and mark a new beginning.
And after this year of Wild Grace, we can all use a new beginning right about now.
The suggestions that follow are gentle reminders that we have a hand in creating what happens next.
So let's look back with compassion, empathy and wonder for all we have loved and lost.
Let's look forward with faith, hope and courage for the shining destinations that are to come.
Let's look within with kindness, self-love and gratitude for all we have endured, survived and overcome by the seat of our sweatpants, by the blue light of Zoom rooms, by the virtual hugs and real live grace.
We did our best.
Here are a few practices and prayers to bless this year and create a path for our new beginnings. We start with what you read most this year.
As I looked back over the year, I saw that this was the #1 most read blog post by you.
Just yesterday, I found the answers that I wrote to those 12 questions in the back of my Gratitude Journal.
And wow, are they ever a roadmap.
If you didn't answer the questions the first time around, I encourage you to grab a cup of something you love, find your favorite pen, settle into a cozy spot and get honest.
Do it for you.
Your answers just may become your North Star going forward.
The #2 and #3 posts of the year are prayers.