If you looked up to the sky last night or early this morning, and if the weather cooperated in your part of the world, you were treated to the sight of a big ass full moon – a take-your-breath-away kind of moon that commanded you to not look away. Traditionally the last full moon before the winter solstice, the mourning moon, signals the time to release whatever you need to let go of in preparation for the approaching new year. The brilliance of the full moon apparently shines a light on your physical, mental or emotional clutter. Mourning in this case, refers to the process of losing, or leaving behind a part of ourselves.
Many people spend the last six weeks of the year rushing around preparing for the holiday season. Then in the final few days of the year, when things have perhaps calmed down a bit, they start making resolutions for change. Sometimes it doesn’t happen until the ball drops on New Year’s Eve.
There are 2 problems with that approach.
First, in order to go forward, we need to look back to reflect on what did and didn’t happen. Not as an invitation for our inner critic to have a field day chastising us for all the things we should have, or could have done, but rather to identify what we need to let go of in order to move forward.
Whatever got in your way this year, will likely get in your way next year without a conscious intention to do things in a different way.
So what might we need to let go?
Piles of stuff
If it no longer serves you, then it’s time to let it go.
Sure Laurel that sounds great, but how exactly do you let things go?
Without trying to sound flippant, you let it go. Recognize that you are holding on to it, and in order to let it go you have to be willing to say to yourself, “I’m putting that down now.”
Sometimes the pull to pick it back up is strong. Remind yourself that the clutter, the habit, the idea simply no longer serves you. You might try saying to yourself, “That was what I did last year. This is how I do it now.”
The second problem with the end of the year rush to change is that we don’t take enough time to look forward in order to plan. So not only have we not let go of whatever we no longer need, we don’t have roadmap for how to get wherever it is we want to go.
I love the idea that nature, or the universe, is always conspiring on our behalf. The full moon shining brightly on perhaps the things we don’t really want to look at is a wonderful collaborator for our success.
While now might be the time to let something go, really any time is the time. We don’t have to wait for particular days on the calendar or phases of the moon to take a step forward.
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What no longer serves you and needs to go?