Monday, January 04, 2010
The beginning of a new year isn't really a time of resolutions for me. It's more of a time of reflection, planning and hope. Perhaps that's resolutions, but for me, it's a special gift of a time to celebrate, symbolize, and step into a new year.
I have this voice in my head that drives me forward but can easily overlook and drown out the amazing things I accomplish. When I look back at 2009, and the list of professional accomplishment, I'm blown away. It was a very good year and I'm so grateful for the many opportunities that found me and I them. I'm looking forward to continuing the momentum in 2010 and to continue to strive for balance, goodness, simplicity, authenticity and clarity of my own voice.
So a little symbolism was in order. First off, a meal of black eyed peas and collard greens.
The peas symbolize coins, the greens dollar bills. They are said to bring good luck in a new year. I've recently become a fan of eating greens. So easy, yum and deliciously good for you. Here we were eating collard greens.
You cut out the center stem, slice the thick leaves into long pieces, saute in a soup pot along with onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, then add a few cups of water or chicken stock, and cook for 45 minutes, covered. Season with salt and pepper, a dash of vinegar as a finish, and you have a bowl of vitamin-rich goodness. For the peas, I followed this lovely recipe.Um, yum.
Next up? Letting go of things from 2009. That voice that drives me also is too loud about the negative things that show up in my life. There have been a few, and I'm not carrying them into the new year. So onto little slips of paper, we wrote those things we're giving away to love (thus, the pink candle and symbolism: thank you Dougggie for that tip). There was also a message in there I burned for a friend a long ways away.
I wore my especially witchy cape, lit some symbolic cinnamon incense, and let the glow of the fire warm my face on this cold, grey day. Afterward, I smelled like a bonfire, but felt lighter and in a better place for the new year.
It's going to be a very, very good new year.
Happy new year to you!