Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year

The New Year is a time of new beginnings.  A time to forget the old and start anew.  There are many rituals that help one to do this.  The Burning Bowl Ritual is where you write on a piece of paper any regrets or any thing else negative that happened to you during the old year and put it into a bowl and burn away those negative experiences to open yourself up to the good that the new year will bring to you.

Another ritual is the Grape Ritual which I learned about from JB Glossinger the founder of MorningCoach.com.  It is a custom that is traditionally from the Hispanic culture.  This ritual is where you eat a grape each time the bell strikes at midnight. This is done for good luck and prosperity in the New Year. JB twisted it up a little bit in that you eat a grape for each goal you want to accomplish in the New Year.  You write your goals on a piece of paper and after you eat the grapes you put the goals in a special place so that at the end of the year you would look at the paper to see what goals you actually accomplished.

Of course there are the food rituals.  In the South of the US, eating black-eyed peas ,collard greens, and corn bread for good luck and prosperity. In the Asian culture eating of long noodles, which represents long life.  In China eating fish represents abundance because the word for fish in the Chinese Language is similar sounding to word for abundance.

My New Year Rituals are The Grape Ritual and eating black-eyed peas and corn bread.  I don't eat collard greens because I don't like the taste.  Anyway whatever New Year Ritual you do wishing you and yours a wonderful and prosperous 2014. 


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