Why An End of Year Ritual is Important

Grab your colorful paper, glittery pen, matches, favorite beverage and get ready to start that end of year ritual you’ve been doing for so many years.

Or maybe this will be a first for you!

Whichever, let’s take a look at why an end of year ritual is important.

Rituals are basically a symbolic act.

Many people have a morning ritual from something as simple as having a cup of coffee to more involved ones which might include journaling, meditating, exercising, walking your dog.

A wedding ceremony is a ritual.

Baptisms are rituals.

But rituals are more than just going through the motions.

    They may help to shift your mindset.

       They honor and support the changes we experience throughout our life.

          They may help get us through difficult situations.

             And allow us to experience joy and abundance.

The end of the year is probably the busiest time for most people.

But making the time for yourself to go inward and reflect on the past 12 months is so important to our overall well-being.

It’s a time to honor what the year has brought you and then prepare for another year.

Here are some ideas to help you create a year end ritual or add to what you already do:

LET IT GO

This is probably the most important one and possibly the most difficult.

When we let go of something that no longer serves us, it creates space for something that serves us better.

One way to do this is to write down anything you want to release: name a person or persons, mindset, habit, you get the idea. Take the list outside, light it and let it burn to ashes.

By releasing it symbolically, it’s telling your brain that the task is completed.

You will be amazed at how great this feels. The first time I did this, I made a second list and burned that one. It’s so liberating.

CLEARING OUT

Right along with letting it go, is clearing out things in your home or work that you don’t use. Clutter makes the air stagnant and stale.

Plus by clearing out you make room for something new.

Start off the new year surrounding yourself with fresh, open space.

LESSONS LEARNED

We are all faced with challenges during the year – especially this year!

Think how boring our life would be without them!

But with each challenge, there is a lesson to be learned.

Write down the challenges you faced this past year, how you handled it and what you learned from it.

BRAG AND CELEBRATE

Instead of focusing on what didn’t go your way or what you didn’t accomplish, write down what you did accomplish this past year. Maybe you wanted to lose 20 pounds but lost 10. Bet your jeans fit better!

And celebrate each accomplishment.

Be proud of what you did, no matter how incidental it may seem, you did it and should be proud of yourself.

BE GRATEFUL

Gratitude is everything.

No matter what challenges you faced or what you feel you didn’t accomplish there is always something to be grateful for.

Acknowledge it whatever way works for you.

And on the “woo woo” side….

CHOOSE A WORD FOR THE YEAR

You can write it out, put it on a vision board or someplace where you see it, put it on your phone. But use it for inspiration and motivation.

Some ideas are: believe, abundance, prosperity, good health, action, grateful.

ORACLE CARD

Oracle cards provide you with guidance from angels, spirit guides, animals, ascended masters. Although you still have to do the work, they can help get you on the right path.

Check out the different types of cards and see which one resonates with you. Plus they come with a book which helps to explain what each card is telling you.

And you can use them whenever you feel the need for inspiration or guidance from another source.

SPECIAL CRYSTAL

As far as I’m concerned, you can never have too many crystals.

But choosing one specific crystal to carry with you (like your word for the year) may help you throughout the year.

Crystals carry energy and depending on what you are focusing on they can help send that energy to you.

And it doesn’t have to be a large crystal, there are tumble stones, bracelets, necklaces.

For example: clear quartz is good for clarity, rose quarts may help attract love, amethyst helps with intuition, black tourmaline is good for releasing and letting go.

And you can always start something that resonates with you to be your special year end ritual!

I’d love to hear if you have a special year end ritual or if you are going to start one. Just comment below.

Here’s to a healthy and prosperous 2021!!

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21 thoughts on “Why An End of Year Ritual is Important

  1. Clearing out is my ritual…mentally, emotionally and physically! Unburdening my soul of any resentment, forgiving others ( and myself) for anything that may have gone wrong , and looking forward with renewed hope!

    • Patti Stevens

      Good for you!! I’ll bet you have a much happier and stress free life.

  2. I love a great ritual. I think they are really important. I love some of the things you mentioned and will like to make them part of my own ritual.

    • Patti Stevens

      I’d love to hear which ones you tried.

  3. A lovely post. We burn our regrets at the end of the year, and at Rosh Hashanah, throw them in the ocean in the form of bread crumbs. And set aspirations for the year. Getting out the oracle cards . . .

    • Patti Stevens

      That’s a wonderful ritual. Do you have a special set of oracle cards for new year?

  4. I love all your suggestions. I have a bowl of crystals in my bedroom and just having them there is so soothing. I printed out the recipe too. It looks delicious. I agree we need to celebrate our accomplishments. It’s so powerful/

    • Patti Stevens

      Thank you. I’m with you on crystals – they are all over our home. Enjoy the recipe and your celebration!!

  5. I enjoyed this article and I pinned the recipe! Our ritual is decluttering and deep cleaning / clearing out the old to make space for the new. 🙂

    • Patti Stevens

      Thank you. Hope you enjoy the recipe!

  6. Thanks for the suggestions. Christmas, New Year’s, my blogoversary, and my birthday are all within two weeks of each other, so I end up doing a lot of introspection–some of it through blog posts (Top 10 for the year and Top 20 all time views). If I’m not careful, I suffer paralysis from analysis and some negative thinking. This year I am giving up Facebook as a way to free up more time for writing poetry in earnest. (I’m taking a class.) That’s one of my items on my bucket list, and I’ve got 60 staring at me in just a couple of years, so it’s time to get working on that! My MIL gave me a recipe box and 3×5 cards specifically tailored to expressing gratitude. So I’m all set up for that now! Be well and thanks for loaning positive energy through your blog.

    • Whew, you have a lot on your plate but sounds like you have it under control! Yes, this time of year can be exciting and draining. I usually wait until the first new moon, at least, before making any decisions. Sending you lots of positive energy for your new endeavors.

  7. I always set goals for the new year but it never crossed my mind to have an end of year ritual – but I like the idea. Personally, I’m more than ready to say “Adios” to 2018!

  8. What grand ideas! This’ll be a first for me, but I’m going to do several!
    Starting with writing ‘2020’ on a big piece of paper and burning it!
    Out with the old.
    In with the new!

    • That’s the spirit!! And that is also good to do on a full moon to release. Enjoy your new journey!

  9. A great post. I believe there’s no point in celebrating the change of the year without this kind of reflection. Thanks for setting out so many great ideas.

    • Totally agree with you how important reflection is. And it can be done at any time of the year also.

  10. Awesome, I am thankful, grateful and blessed every day that I open my eyes to a new day. I am wishing you and yours a beautifully blessed holiday and a very happy New Year!

    • That’s beautiful! And a happy and blessed New Year to you and your family also.

  11. These are super good ideas. I am going to do some of this, as well.

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