Letting the Year Register
In many ways, Letting the Year Register is a gratitude practice; an opportunity to acknowledge what you have experienced in the past year and how it has delivered you to this moment ~ on the cusp of the new year. You might like to have your 2013 calendar or dayplanner nearby to help jog your memory.
You'll also need a sheet of paper that feels like the right size for you. I like to use an 18" x 24" sheet of newsprint so I can see the whole year at once, and this size also gives me plenty of room for writing down my experiences. You can use a smaller piece of paper. Experiment and see what feels comfortable for you.
Once you have your paper, you are going to fold it so you have one square for each month of 2013. Begin by holding your paper horizontally and folding it in half, and then in half again. Next, fold the paper into thirds. If you unfold it, you should have twelve equally sized (more or less!) squares.
You can now label each square with the name of each month, and begin to fill in the squares with notes about what happened that month. Here are some examples of the types of things you might want to include:
~ surprising experiences
~ challenges that you navigated
~ fears that you faced
~ what you let go of
~ major milestones in your life
~ memorable events or trips
~ new friends and/or relationships
Once you have filled in your paper, take time to look over the year and acknowledge all that you experienced ~ some of it joyful, some of it challenging. Give yourself time to come back to it and add notes about experiences that you may remember later.
Writing in a journal can be a great way to integrate and digest what you feel when you look over your year in this way. And if you do this practice with a group, you can share with each other in whatever way feels supportive. There may be some things that you want to reflect on privately.
Once you feel complete in your reflection, you might like to save your sheet of paper as a way to track what you did in 2013. You may also like to find some way to release it. I often participate in a New Year's Eve bonfire and let go of my year that way. See what feels right for you.