Each year, before I sit down to write out my intentions and desires for the year to come, I like to spend time reflecting on the year past; experiences had, areas of growth, relationships, significant events and memorable moments. Reflection allows me the opportunity to look back on just how magical the year has been. And when I connect with the feelings of love and gratitude for my life and the experiences I've had, I put myself on a higher vibration to then create my intentions for the year to come.
Reflection has become a valuable activity in my life. I used to struggle with acknowledging my accomplishments and growth as an individual. Unknowingly, this was contributing to my low self-esteem and sense of worth. Reflecting on my experiences and achievements has helped me to improve my perspective of myself and my outlook on my life.
It is so easy to move through a period of time, a week, a month, a year or even a decade and feel like we haven't done much. How often have you asked someone "What's new?" only to hear, "Same o'l, same o'l" as their response. Perhaps you've even responded that way yourself. And while the individual surely has had changes of circumstances and experiences, without taking the time to reflect back on them, it can feel like nothing has changed and that everything is the same. Life, at times, can feel monotonous, like we aren't really moving in any direction at all.
I have found that reflection is a powerful tool in bringing my attention to all that I have accomplished, allowing me an opportunity to acknowledge and even celebrate all that I've done and how far I've come. So when someone asks me "What's new with you? ", I usually have a lot to share.
There are many different ways and times in which you might decide to use the process of reflection.
Annual reflection is a favorite time of mine, as I mentioned above. I find great value in reflecting on the past year, prior to setting my intentions for the year to come. As I look back at all that I have achieved, my areas of growth, difficulties overcome and so on, with a grateful heart for each thing, I begin to raise my vibration. I move into the frequency of feeling good, the frequency of love. And in this place I then set my intentions for the year to come. The reflection process helps me to feel good about myself, my journey and my life. And when I'm feeling good, I become a magnet for more good things to come my way. I have included a free downloadable and printable document (at the top of this post) for you to use to reflect back on 2019 and the past decade. The first page is a Highlight Reel of the year broken down by each month and the second page contains journal prompts to assist you in your reflection process.
Continue reading for more instances in which reflection might be beneficial to you.
When I was going through depression I would often reflect back each day and find one accomplishment, even if that was doing laundry or brushing my teeth. At that time in my life it was extremely important for me to acknowledge even the smallest of accomplishments. That has now transitioned into a similar activity that my partner and I do each night. We reflect back on our day and note five things in which we are grateful for. You can find this activity, and more, in my e-Book The Magic of Gratitude.
I also like to reflect back quarterly throughout the year. I tend to do this in alignment with the seasons. I look back at the three month period and note accomplishments, lessons, growth, etc. I also use this as a time to check-in with my vision board and recreate as I see fit to stay in alignment with my desires.
Monthly reflections and even weekly reflections can be helpful as well, it all depends on the individual and the circumstances.
Overall I have found that reflection calls my attention to the things that I have accomplished and/or experienced which might have easily gone unnoticed or forgotten. Reflection allows an opportunity to note and even celebrate all of the steps in our journey; the gigantic ones, the tiny ones, the seemingly backwards ones, and all of the others in-between.
As we near the end of this year, and this decade, I invite you to set aside some time for reflection. Time to celebrate yourself, your journey and your life.
Many blessings to each of you!
May all of your desires come to you in the year ahead.