Practical ways to harvest, honor, celebrate, release, & create anew
As the year draws to a close, it's a pivotal time for introspection, aligning with the rhythm of the season, and dedicating ourselves to a meaningful reflection on the past year’s journey.
In the rush of daily urgencies, it's tempting to overlook such reflection. Yet, it's during these times that pausing to reflect becomes even more crucial.
Through reflection, we gain deeper insights, fostering a greater likelihood of honoring and integrating our experiences as we advance, both individually and collectively.
I've blended elements from various reflective practices into this exercise, structured around key questions:
This practice is designed to deepen learning and surface intentions for the upcoming year and beyond, starting our next orbit around the sun with a full appreciation of our journey and a clear direction forward.
Take your time with each question, allowing the process ample space to evolve. Initially, engage in solitude – perhaps during nature walks, beside a fire, through art, music, journaling, or recording your thoughts. Then, share your insights and discoveries with your close circle – partners, family, mentors, and allies, and eventually, with your wider community.
Create a sacred space in whatever way is authentic for you - using sage, incense, music, or candles, for example. Approach this process with patience, mindfulness, honesty, openness, and intention. Historically, this was a prolonged ceremonial practice during the darkest days of the year.
If you undertook a similar reflection last year, revisiting those notes can provide valuable insights into your evolution.
Enjoy exploring the elements of this practice that resonate most with you and feel free to share it with others who might find it beneficial.
As we weave our individual and collective visions, intentions, commitments, choices, and actions, we shape our shared future. Each section of this exercise offers guiding questions to explore; select those that resonate or create your own.
Share this practice with friends and family, as it can be a powerful exercise to undertake together during the holiday season.
Let’s honor the past year and use our learnings and growth to nurture the possibilities of the new year and beyond. Wishing you a fulfilling journey into the new beginnings. The light is on its way!
With care and encouragement,
Christopher Kuntzsch partners with leaders in sustainability and social change to provide change-management, leadership development, facilitation, coaching, and consulting services. He is a father, adventurer, and musician, co-founder of Ecology of Leadership programs at the Regenerative Design Institute in California, and currently serves as Strategy Manager in the Office of Sustainability at Stanford University.