Preparing for Your New Year – Recommitting to Yourself

By Jennifer Urezzio, Contributor – Spiritual Affairs

It’s so cliché to do an article about the New Year, and yet clichés are clichés for a reason – because of the wisdom those formulas hold.

As the year draws to a close, you will find yourself naturally reviewing the year and remembering what you “wished” to accomplish. I believe review and reflection is good for the Soul. Judgment is not and we tend to judge what we did or didn’t do this year.

The first step of transformation is to make a different choice. So let’s help you create some different choices around how you close one year and start another one.

Year in Review

Let’s start with the highlights. Create a list of the following:

  • What are some of the moments that make you still smile when you think about them?
  • What were some of your accomplishments this year?
  • What are some of the compliments that you received this year?

Search your memory banks and how you were feeling just before or as those big moments were happening? Some of those emotions could be joy, confidence, love, full of fun, happy, etc. (see chart below).

Feelings and Experience

We tend to think that the experience creates the feelings, but the big spiritual concept is the reverse – the feelings create the experience. Whatever you wish to experience this year, the key is to start with the feeling of that experience and you will attract situations that reinforce those emotions.

The big question for 2012 is, “What do you wish to experience, love, joy, abundance, prosperity, etc.?” Most of us answer this question with our minds, when the real answer lies is in the heart.

I suggest conducting the exercise below to really determine what your Soul and Heart truly wish to experience in 2012.

Take a deep breath and focus on your tailbone (this allows the mind to follow the heart) and write the answer to the question below:

“What does my Soul and heart wish to experience in 2012?”

Co-creating with the Divine

Now, ask yourself how committed you are to this experience. Do you believe it is possible? Are you willing to feel joy, love, and prosperity everyday in every tiny occurrence to create this experience?

Often there isn’t room in our lives for more joy, love, abundance because we tend to think and feel in limitations. So the question for you about 2012 is, “What are you willing to let go of in order to make room for more of what you truly desire (some examples are: fear, doubt, struggle)?” Remember, you don’t have to know how you are going to let go. Just by bringing awareness and writing it down, things are already changing. (see chart)

Creating Your Commitment to Yourself

I suggest you start the New Year with an affirmation, a saying that you can turn to when you are wavering in your commitment to experience the year that you desire. An affirmation is a statement that starts with I AM and is in present positive tense. Some examples are below:

I am experiencing a year of joy and harmony

I am experiencing a year of prosperity and joy

I am experiencing a year of love and balance

It’s Your Year! Your Choice!

Your life is your own.  Each moment is a new option for you to experience actually what you desire.  It’s up to you!


Highlights of 2011 Feelings During or Prior To Those Highlights
What does my Soul and Heart Wish to Experience in 2012?
What am I willing to let go of? Your year affirmation:


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