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END OF YEAR: RECAPITULATION


RECAPITULATION

"We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come." - Joseph Campbell

My first experience of recapitulation was going to confession after I made first communion.  I enjoyed the process of going to a priest and telling him what was bothering me so he could absolve me of my pain.  The spiritual placebo effect of letting go made me feel lighter and less burdened. Whether you use this process yourself as described below or any other spiritual practice, we all benefit from it in creating a new pattern for our mind. And as our mind grows calm, our hearts feel safer to expand into new beginnings. Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia

Mantra: "I offer everything that happened this past year, positive and negative, to the sacred fire. May all that was accomplished bear good fruit. May all my mistakes be forgiven. May the karmas of this past year be dissolved. I offer gratitude for my life."- Sally Kempton

 

Self-Work: (this is what I do)

1. On small pieces of paper write out every major disturbance of 2012. Be specific, use names, and describe situations and feelings.

2. Repeat mantra above repeatedly. Commit yourself to letting go.

3. Burn these papers. What's done is done.

4. Remain quiet for a while and enjoy a clear heart.

5. Go out and celebrate a new beginning! 

 

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
 — Ralph Waldo Emerson


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