For many of us they may seem just like a waste of time – one of things that we promised to ourselves but never manage to achieve, putting on us more of a burden, stress and guilt than the satisfaction of accomplishment.
But I still kind of like the idea of sitting in front of the “white sheet” of the new year, celebrating the new beginning (as for me winter is when the seeds start to germinate underground) and writing down the dreams for the months to come. I really think it depends on how mindful one is of the NYR and how we set our intentions and relations to it.
Why not try the following instead of making a “to do” list. Find a nice and comfy position, make yourself a cup of hot drink, take a favourite pen to write and a piece of paper/notebook or whatever suits you best at the moment, take a couple of deep breaths and set the timer for 10 minutes.
Start writing, just journaling in a freestyle. You may wish to add small pictures, or combine letters and illustrations. Just keep on sharing with the paper your beliefs, hopes and intentions about how you can make the next year better for you.
Start by: “I can make 2022 more mindful by ……” and keep on journaling. If you feel stuck with the words, just keep on writing “I can’t write, I can’t write, etc.” When the alarm clings, stop writing. Take a breath or two and carefully read what you’ve just written. Underline any good ideas and insights. That’s it!