Sometimes we need to let go and create space for new positive directions in our lives. Equally as important as New Year’s intentions or resolutions is processing the past year. In that spirit, I am sharing two personal messages that I hope can inspire and support you.
I unexpectedly wrote the Creating Space poem (that follows) in 2002 at a Benedictine monastery following the death of my mother and loss of a job the year before. This year I was invited to give a New Year’s Day message at Unity Center of Pittsburgh where I was a member for a few years. The invitation was prompted by my newsletter/blog this year: Letting Go. If you would like a little more inspiration to begin the new year, CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO. If you would like to skip to my message, go to minute 33 of the video. The message includes a brief reflective writing exercise and invitation to release and let go of something from 2022; as I have invited job loss outplacement workshop clients in the past, tear up that sheet of paper, maybe stomp on it, before throwing it in the garbage. Or as I invite in the video, safely burn it. HERE IS A LINK TO A CHANT my friends and I have used for end-of-year letting go rituals for decades; you can simply listen to it and add your own word of what you wish to let go of.
I affirm for you good health, peace, and prosperity for 2023.
May we release our unneeded “stuff” to the universe,
that which fills our closets,
clutters our minds,
distracts our souls,
invades our dreams,
That which is from the past,
far away places.
May we release our unwanted stuff to the universe,
to create sacred space for new experiences,
Gracious Spirit, may you help us to
open our hearts,
refresh our minds,
renew our bodies,
nurture our souls,
To receive all that is in our greatest good.
©Karen Litzinger, 2002. All rights reserved. Permission given to share with this credit and live link where applicable.