I have found that the moment we move from the end of one year into the beginning of another is a wonderful time for reflection. In the darkness of our winter days, I can be slower and attentive to what has been through the sunny, growing months. Sometimes within Contemplative Fire we would gather on December 31st and have a few hours of reflection to toast the old year and welcome the new one.
Perhaps you would like to do this on your own, or with a few chosen companions. On your own, consider taking some time, over a few days to reflect on your spiritual journey. Here is an outline of what we’ve used in the past. Use and adjust as you like:
An Opening Prayer (something to help settle, so my heart can be open to listen)
God of our past, of every present moment that has brought us to this present moment. Be with us now.
God of the seasons, of the year that is completing. Be with us now.
God of time, illuminate our reflections and enlighten for us the way that lies ahead. Be with us now
Indeed God, be with us
Contemplative Fire follows a rhythm of ‘Travelling Light – Dwelling Deep’. Look back on the past year and identify:
- Some point/event/ or experience during which you felt you were travelling light
- Some point/event or experience when you felt you were dwelling deep.
- What was it that enabled you to experience this lightness and to experience this depth?
- Express gratitude to God for your experience.
Looking ahead – Is there a longing that you carry? Is there something that you deeply hope for in the time ahead? Perhaps write or draw a picture of your longing. Offer your longing to God. Don’t hang on to it but release it with hope into the loving arms of the One who sustains you each day, the One who gives you breath.
May your reflection time be blessed.
Love and prayer
Mystic in Motion
‘Companion on the Way’ in Contemplative Fire
Contemplative Fire Canada (Founder)