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We all know that Winter Solstice is a time for new beginnings, the return of the light. The days grow longer, and we look to the coming of spring. All things seem possible in the new year to come. Yule is a time of celebration and feasting. Just as the Yule celebration was adapted into Christmas, so have most of us adapted to celebrating both Yule and Christmas, as well as the New Year, all of which herald the changing of the year and the coming of the new.
So, in the spirit of new beginnings, I thought we’d look at New Year’s Resolutions and some alternatives to them.
The first known New Year’s resolutions were in Babylon, about 4000 years ago. People promised the gods that they would pay anything owed and return anything borrowed. If you made good on your resolutions, you gained the favor of your god, but if not, you were out of the god’s favor. It was a serious thing to not stick with your New Year’s Resolutions because naturally, no one wants to be on the bad side of a god.
The Romans had a similar practice, as did early Christians, but today, resolutions are much more secular as a rule, and most generally don’t last long. Personally, I gave them up years ago because I seemed to be setting myself up for failure by trying to make major changes overnight, so I try to set some overall goals for the year, more to keep me heading in the direction I want to go than anything else, and then I start a new Journal.
In the first few pages, I set up and use the Intentions Journal that I mentioned in Setting Intentions: Journaling, to look at what I want for the new year, so I can work toward manifesting it during the year. These pages just help me focus and line out my goals, and the steps that I need to take to reach them.
We create our lives in the image we choose, and we must know the steps involved to accomplish those goals.
What do you want to begin? It’s a blank slate for you to create the reality you want. It doesn’t matter what happened this last year, or any other year for that matter. All that really matters is what we can create in the new year. For tips on setting your intentions and finding out what you want, check out Setting Intentions: First Steps.
Once you decide what you want, follow the path you lay out for yourself in your Intentions Journal. I use the same journal for a year unless it gets full, and I look back at the intentions pages frequently to keep me on track. With all the chaos going on in the world, it's easy to get distracted, so those pages, or your version of them, can help you remember where you are, and where you want to go.
I’m having trouble choosing between our journals this year, so I’ve linked to some of my faves. Please let me know which one you like best. I’ll keep you posted on which one I choose. :)