It's a powerful release of what I choose to let go. Nothing like seeing that list go up in flames to sear the point in your mind!
Then I have a fresh slate to invite in what I want for each new year. I consider all of January as the New Year, so I think it's appropriate to observe this at any point during the month (or whenever you choose throughout the year).
Burning Bowl Ceremony
Even if you're trying to release something intangible like resentment or judgment, you could use this method. In fact, it works very well.
You can certainly choose to release those things that don't serve without a formal ceremony. I just find that the ritual helps to seal the deal.
As author Joseph Campbell said, "We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come. You can't make an omelet without breaking the eggs."
Linda Arnold, M.A., MBA, is a certified wellness instructor, counselor and chairwoman/CEO of The Arnold Agency, a marketing communications firm with offices in West Virginia, Montana and Washington, D.C. Reader comments are welcome and may be directed to Linda Arnold, The Arnold Agency, 117 Summers St., Charleston, WV 25301, or emailed to livelifefu...@arnoldagency.com.