An Ancient Roman Ritual to Kick Off the New Year
An Ancient Roman Ritual to Kick Off the New Year
It's the time of year where most of us are excited to set bold new goals and resolutions and make a commitment to lasting change.
But sadly, studies also show that less than 25% of people actually stay committed to their New Year’s resolutions after just 30 days.
And that only 8% of people accomplish them.
If you want to make changes in your life in the coming year, but the old way of setting resolutions hasn't worked for you (or doesn't feel inspiring) I want to share a much more fun and meaningful practice with you today!
It is called an Augury Day, and it's a special ritual that I've learned from my business partner Andrew - where you tangibly experience a little bit of everything you desire to have in 2020...all on the 1st day of the year (it could also be anytime you are commiting to something new).
It’s a SUPER fun, nourishing and empowering way to spend the first day of the year.
In case you've never heard of it, an Augury is an ancient practice of using omens to decipher the will of the gods. Omens are signs from the external world that can be used to predict the future.
It goes back thousands of years and was practiced in ancient civilizations where they would observe phenomena like weather patterns and birds to make predictions of what was to come.
The ritual I want to share with you today is a modern variation of this ancient tradition, where instead of deciphering the flights of birds or the weather, you will be able to tune into omens for your own life to create your ideal future.
So, what exactly do you do on Augury Day?
First, you start by deciding what you want to experience more of next year.
How do you want to feel? What do you want to experience? Which energy do you want to embody? What do you want to achieve?
Then, instead of leaving it at that, you will actually engage in a stream of activities that allow you to experience a little bit of each of your intentions on January 1st.
For example, a sample Augury day might look like this :
If you want to experience more gratitude in 2020, do a quick gratitude practice where you speak out loud what you’re grateful for when you first wake up in the morning.
If you want to experience more inner peace in the new year, after you get up spend 20 minutes listening to relaxing music, meditating or taking a walk in nature.
If it's your goal to manifest a romantic partnership in 2020, spend 15 minutes sometime during the day on a dating app, or do a short meditation to tap into the loving energy that you want to attract.
OR If you want to spend more quality time with your partner do something romantic with just them in the morning, something that nourishes your relationship.
If you want to take superb care of your health, eat nourishing food all day and do 30 minutes of a type of exercise you enjoy
If you want to want to spend more quality time with friends or developing new friendships, go out for brunch with a friend or reach out to a new acquaintance to organize a get-together.
If you want to get out of your comfort zone more, plan to take 1 simple action sometime during the day that scares you...to get into the vibration of the new, more audacious you!
If you want to make more money this year, spend 30 minutes in the afternoon on specific sales-generating activities or ideas for your business.
So instead of just creating a mental plan of what your new year is going to look like (which is what most people do with resolutions), you will start your year in a much more empowered way by already embodying the full new you on Day 1.
This is not just a fun thing to do, but also a great way to tune in and FEEL if the intentions you've set are truly aligned for you.
It's a day of listening to your intuition and being an open channel to receive signs from your higher self as well as the external world as you engage with your intentions.
As you go through your day, taking action on each of your goals, play close attention to how you feel.
Is anything bringing up resistance? What feels exciting and expansive? Or, are you receiving any signs as the day unfolds that you may want to let some things go instead?
Sometimes we add goals to our list because we think we "should" do them or because we unconsciously try to live up to other people's expectations. As soon as you go beyond the list towards actually practicing all of them in one day, it’s easier to feel where they are coming from and which of them feel truly aligned.
Plus, for the goals that feel good, it's also a great way to kick off the new year with the confidence that you will continue to take action on them on a daily basis.
Because at the end of the day, making long-term changes in our lives is all about the micro-actions we take each in each moment. And this can be much simpler than you think!
I hope this practice feels like an exciting and inspiring ritual to start and celebrate your new year!
And if you try it out, I would love to hear how your Augury Day went. Feel free to reply to this email and share what has come up for you.
Wishing you an inspiring Augury Day and a beautiful New Year!
PS: If you'd like to receive more support with embodying your intentions in the new year through the help of Mother Ayahuasca, daily spiritual practices, and close community support - stay tuned! We're opening a special round of the Microdosing Program at the end of January (more info coming soon)
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