By Karen Carnabucci, LCSW, TEP
Thinking about the past year? Here is a way to make a good end to 2016:
Remember all of the painful and difficult experiences that took place. Write these experiences in your journal (or on a piece of paper if you don't keep a journal) and say one by one, “I acknowledge and agree that this happened.” If you wish, light a candle to recognize all these events.
Notice how you feel in your body when you make this acknowledgement.
Then remember all the joyful and wonderful experiences that took place during the year. Write these experiences in your journal and say one by one, “I acknowledge and agree that this happened.” If you wish, light a candle to recognize all these events.
Take some time to drop into awareness of your body. Breathe out thoughts. Notice how you feel in your body when you make this acknowledgement.
Say thank you.
Pause and breathe.
We’re not done yet.
Now, call in the people who love you, or have loved you, past and present. The people who have mentored you. The friends who have celebrated you, who have noticed and remarked on any struggles or difficulties that you have faced in 2016. The professionals who have guided you. Your ancestors. Your neighbors. Your teachers. Your family. Anyone in your life who has been important to you.
Now, blow out your candles. Look forward to 2017.
Karen Carnabucci, LCSW, TEP, is an author, trainer and psychotherapist who promotes, practices and teaches experiential methods including psychodrama, Family and Systemic Constellations, mindfulness and Tarot imagery.
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