Have you been caught up in the festive season? Has it been hard to rest or find balance? Are you enjoying yourself or finding yourself moving from obligation to obligation? If you feel revitalized, that’s ideal, but for many of us, stepping outside of our routine tends to erode our well being over time. Tonight is New Year’s Eve, when many of us gather to say farewell to the year we are closing, arms open to greet the next.
The gatherings of our ancestors used to incorporate intentional acknowledgement of what happened the year before, and a ritual release of it. In my family, we share our highs and lows, taking a moment to share and honour what we have spent time on, achievements, struggles and failures. And then, just as easily, we let it go with a cheer.
The New Year welcomed in easily, we must set to work on embracing our daily lives. Sure, many of us have jobs and responsibilities we must return to and will offer structure to our days, but we need more than structure to thrive. Beginning with the basics of nourishing ourselves, getting adequate rest, movement and fresh air are great places to start caring for ourselves in earnest.
For those of us who may overindulge tonight, or are looking for a way to nourish themselves tomorrow morning, here us a recipe I am sharing from a friend for switchel, a drink to be injested upon arising:
1 TBSP apple cider vinegar, with the mother
3 TBSP raw honey or blackstrap molasses
2 inch piece of ginger root, finely minced
4 cups of water
½ of a fresh lemon or lime juiced and zested
Make it tonight and let sit in fridge overnight.
As you gather with friends and loved ones, or opt to stay in this evening, try to dedicate a bit of time to honouring this past year, spent doing all the remarkable things that make up a human life, your human life. The things you would rather not have gone through, take a moment for those as well, we have all learned this year. And then give yourself the grace to start afresh, taking as good care of yourself as you possibly can.
Happy New Year, Loves!