New Year’s Meditation
30 Dec 2021 by Ted Escobedo
3 min read
Here’s a mindful way to start the new year: By recalling the highs and lows of 2021 and focusing your attention and emotions, you can bring a sense of closure as well and embrace anew beginning. You may want to grab a journal or some blank paper and move into a comfortable seat for this New Year’s meditation practice. Set your journal aside nearby so it’s easily accessible if you wish to take notes on what may have surfaced during your meditation.
Re-connecting with your highs and lows from the year is a great way to identify the types of feelings you want more of – or do not want – in your life.
Source: https://mindfulminutes.com/new-years-meditation-in... Sit up tall, gently close your eyes, and begin to slow down your breathing. Take 5 slow, deep breaths, in and out through your nose as you begin to settle your mind. Start by just taking notice of where you are at the moment – scanning your body and mind for information. Notice how you feel physically and mentally, and then begin to observe your thoughts in a neutral, non-judgmental way as they come and go. Now begin to re-play through the year in your mind, slowly, as if you were watching a movie reel of highs, lows, and big and small moments from your year. Start with New Year’s, and move through the year month by month, recalling people, moments, emotions, activities, details, mistakes, highlights — all of it. Just play through these memories from the year little by little in your mind as they come to you and watch them like a recap of all that happened. Stay with each moment for a while before moving onto the next. When you reach the end of December, finish the movie reel of the year and notice how you feel. Take a moment before you open your eyes.