At our New Year's Day event at Urban Yoga Chicago, we wrote on a piece of paper, something we wanted to let go of as we head into the new year. We then burned the paper and wrote one intention for the year. In effect, letting go of what no longer serves us and replacing it with something that does. I participated in a similar ceremony in November where we burned something we want to let go of. A few months later, I feel like this has been a very effective tool in letting go. I burned worry. Whenever I see a glimmer of worry in my life, I remind myself that I let it go and shift my focus to something I am passionate about. It's an immediate shift and takes little effort. It's a retraining of the brain and old patterns.
It's not too late, we are only into the new year by one week, but this can be practiced at any time. Simply write down, on a small piece of paper what you want to let go of. Thank it and say goodbye! Light it (over the kitchen sink is a good place) and watch it burn away. Now, create a new intention to replace it. Whenever the old thought pops up, remind yourself you let it go and refocus on your intention. You can be the master of your own mind and of your life. Happy living!
I am an animal loving-Vegan runner, I practice and teach Kundalini Yoga and I love to cook and eat flavorful plant-based food.