The Christmas lights are glittering, presents are waiting to be wrapped, and the turkeys are starting to look nervous. We’re heading into the last push before the holidays, and once they are over, we tend to sit down with the last of the mince pies and set out our resolutions for the year to come. However, in the lunar calendar used by farmers for generations, the last two new moons of the year are the times when seeds are planted for the following year’s crop before the ground hardens. Then the seed is left in the dark, and slowly, surely, although we can’t see it, new life begins. Then come Spring, we finally see the shoots. Tomorrow is the last new moon of the year and so a perfect opportunity to sow seeds for the future and set intentions.
Here are some questions to help you to do this. Maybe not all will resonate with you, and that’s fine. But give yourself some space and time in the next few days to consider them. Ideally, write your thoughts down, or perhaps take a walk in nature, reflecting on the answers. Trust that whatever you do, you’ll be planting your seed.
1. In my life story, what is the chapter I want to write next year?
2. What do I want to be and do next year that will change my life?
3. What do I want to be or do next year that I will remember for the rest of my life?
4. How do I want to feel by the end of next year?
5. If next year is a crucial time in my soul’s journey, what do I want it to be about?
6. What do I want to be more of?
7. What do I want to do more of?
8. What do I need to say yes to?
9. What do I need to say no to?
10. What have I been putting off that will change my life?
11. What do I want to give?
12. How do I want to be of service?
13. What do I want to be grateful for?
14. What do I need to let go of?
15. How do I want to teach others to treat me?
16. What are 1–3 experiences I want to have next year?
17. What are 1–3 relationships I want to focus on deepening next year?
18. What are 1–3 ways I’d like to get out of my comfort zone and grow next year?
19. What are 1–3 ways I want to show care and love to myself and others next year?
20. What will help me get there?
21. What is my next small step?
22. What will this give me?
23. What’s important about that?
24. What discomfort am I willing to welcome to be or do this?
25. What is a word, phrase, metaphor, gesture, movement or image to capture this?
26. How can I remind myself everyday of this intention?