New York, NY (PRWEB) November 16, 2005
Ritual Work is a fun and creative way to bring significance back to your New Year’s resolutions. Setting New Year’s intentions is a treasured tradition: Lose 5 pounds, go to gym regularly, clean bedroom closet, stop biting nails, start a meditation practice. Resolutions provide hope for a better life, an improved year. But, let’s face it: most of the time we simply don’t follow through. We either completely forget about the intentions that we set, or we beat ourselves up for not achieving our goals. One reason this happens so often is because we don’t set these intentions in meaningful ways that actually connect us to our goals. In other words, simply writing down a laundry list of what we want to accomplish for the New Year is not effective or empowering enough for us to stick to. Creating a ritual to set your resolution is a great alternative to the “laundry list”.
Ritual Work encourages you to speak to yourself on a deeper level – a level that would lay a foundation for making real change and manifestation easier. WomanVision, a NYC based organization, designs personalized rituals for New Year’s resolutions that assist you in actually following through on your goals. For example, if your resolution is to exercise 3 times a week, a ritual for you might include creating a talisman that you wear each day you plan to go to the gym. You would make your talisman with symbols and beads about health, exercise, and well-being that have personal meaning to you. This way, your resolution is literally woven into this physical object that you would use regularly. By taking the time to set your intention in this physical and purposeful way, and by having an object as a reminder, you are much more likely to follow through on it. The ritual could also include friends and family to witness you making your resolution and provide moral support for you.
WomanVision co-directors Dawn Copeland and Joanna Lindenbaum explain other New Year’s resolution ritual ideas could include:
•For going to bed at a decent hour: Make a special pillow for yourself stuffed with medicinal and dream-inducing herbs
•For finding a new job: Create a inspiring mantra and make it into a poster or sign; have friends support the resolution by writing encouraging notes on the poster
•For quitting smoking: Decorate a jar or piggy bank with symbols that have personal meaning for you, and set an intention for what you would like to buy yourself with the money you will put away in the jar. Put a certain amount of money – a quarter or a dollar – each day that you refrain from smoking.
WomanVision provides opportunities for women to create their own rituals or participate in community rituals. Co-Directors Dawn Copeland and Joanna Lindenbaum are frequent conference speakers and have recently offered classes at The Omega Institute’s Women and Power conference, as well as The Renfrew Foundation’s Feminist Perspectives on Eating Disorders. They offer a wide array of services including classes and workshops, a year-long empowerment program for women, as well as personalized rituals for many occasions including weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, baby blessings, house blessings, job promotions, divorces, and grieving ceremonies. Copeland and Lindenbaum provide opportunities for women to slow down from the frantic New York pace, connect to what is important to them, and mark the important events of their lives.