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Burning Bowl Ceremony: Usher 2021 into Fruition

As we usher in the New Year it’s important to reflect on 2020 to release whatever emotions or patterns might be holding us back from moving forward.  

Take some introspective time to reflect if you haven’t done so already and see what you need to let go of and what you want to birth this year in 2021.

While we are so ready to say goodbye to 2020, it seems we are a long way from where we were before the Pandemic started.

Eager to move on with a vaccine being slowly distributed but not there yet, and we must do our due diligence while moving into the year with the unknown.  And we all know the unknown is one of the hardest places to hang out in.

This is my annual ritual I do in groups with clients or alone.  Both are awesome.  You could even call your support circle together outside or hold a Zoom meeting and do it together online.  You could also do it with me below and turn the video on and off while you complete each step.  It’s very powerful and I haven’t missed a year for 35 years and I started the tradition with my family as well.  

New Years Burning Bowl with the Family

9 Easy Steps to Usher in the New Year and clear out the debris from 2020

  • Sit in meditation at your alter and light a candle, some incense, a flower and bell and root and ground for a few breathes or a long meditation.  These 3 things reminds us of the impermanence of life as we know it.
  • Write down all the things you want to let go of from this past year on a piece of paper.  This is your chance to get them all out of your body and mind and on to paper.  Anything at all that has a hold on you. Ie: anxiety, anger, depression, jealousy, frustration, loneliness, hurt, resentment. It can go on and on and don’t stop until you have written each one down. 
  • BURN IT!  Yes, burn baby burn.  Let it all go and feel it release far and away from you physically and metaphysically to create space inside for what you want to manifest in the New Year.
  • Write down what you are grateful for:  I know this might be a tall order for some of you with loss and the challenge from last year but it is really important because Gratitude produces more abundance in your life.  There are always things you can find even in the most dismal of times (yes, even in 2020).

And to think 2020 had such a good ring.  Don’t judge a book by it’s cover…. what a lesson this was!

  • Write a letter to God, Source, the Divine, Your Higher Power affirming your wishes for 2021 thanking the powers that be.  See my sample letter below from last year.  I also might write some goals that I have with dates and a plan of action and add those to my calendar.  
  • Pick 3 angel cards representing Past, Present and Future.  This is optional but quite profound and fun to play with!  
  • Stick it in an envelope, seal it and address it to yourself so you can mail it to yourself one week before the end of 2021 (write the day you will mail it to yourself in your calendar or you will forget).
  • Now, open your letter from last year.  It’s amazing what you will find.  
Past, Present, Future Healing with Angels Dorreen Virtue, P.H.D. deck

This year was like a surprise gift I could have never predicted..  If some things still haven’t come into fruition, you simply  put them on your list for next year.  In regards to my Angel Cards, I still have the same love transformed into more passion. I’m playing more and always have to be honest with my truth and integrity. I am curious about all of the cherubs in all 3 cards as this is rare. I have 4 children and had 1 miscarriage making 5. Does this mean I have grandchildren on the horizon? hmmmm…..I guess I’ll have to wait and see.

  • Remember to say Thank You!!!

Here’s are samples of what I wrote this year:

What do I want to release?

Impatience, frustration, perfection, fixation, being swept away, sitting so much, poor scheduling.

What I am grateful for:

My income only decreasing in half, clients that are so gracious, new definition of self, learning to do technology hard as it’s been, seeing clients on Zoom which has been awesome and more efficient in some ways, saving so much money by only spending money on essentials: Food and wine 🤣, learning how to structure my writing, my 1,000 followers to finish the year. Thanks again. My health, my yoga and Tai Chi practice, walking, strength training, sustaining my exercise routine, making videos, time with myself, effort, struggle and worry about income and just trusting, the beautiful clean air, starting my book and joining a writers workshop, doing some guest interviews, continuing even when I’m frustrated, help from some of you when I’m at the 9th hour and stuck, simple gatherings of everyone pitching in, letting go of messes in the house, amazing parents, kids, friends, pur word press family.

What I’ve learned about myself:

That I can stop driving myself to goals and trust the process, that I am capable of learning technology even though I have a difficult time with it, that I am resilient, that it’s ok to ask for help, I do much better with order and a schedule, it takes time to learn so it’s a double edge sword, to be gentle with myself, that I need to stop and eat and drink more water, that I love writing but hate sitting so much, that exercise, meditation and my yoga and Tai Chi are essential and imbedded in my genes at this point, I need to get up every hour and break, that interruptions of all of the animals is grating on my nerves, they teach me patience,

My letter From 2020: 

Weird I started this right after my birthday Feb 29th on March 1st (late this year) before Covid

This was wild to read because all of this came into fruition this year without any thought that my life would shift. At the time I was seeing a full load of clients 4-6 a day. Covid was the gift of allowing me to create this new shift. Otherwise, I would have just kept plugging along in my familiar and expected patterns. Yes, it took a pandemic for me to ask what about me, what do I want? Ask any busy person to get something done because they will do that and more. Now I have limits on what I want to do and how much is actually good for me, which is so freeing. I’m not sure why I didn’t address my letter in my usual way with is usually Dear Father Mother God, Thank you for my blessings of……..

I also enclosed a second page this year which I never do. I also often write down exercise goals, etc. and put dates on them and add them to my calendar. Somewhere, I must have known there would be no schedule this year.

Here’s the second page I included. It was so unusual for me to do a semi poem or thoughts propelling me into writing without even knowing it. I thought I would spare you from my horrible writing this time. 🤣

Gathering, chirping, nesting
Moving from limb to limb
Leaping to new heights
Swinging off branches
Singing my song.


Listening closely to my heartbeat
We all have a song waiting to be told
And to share with the world
Deep penetrating, dark open
to shed light on wounds and cleanse
Drinking in the nectar of life’s gifts
.

Sharp fans spike shadows of light
moving gracefully, gently and swiftly
cutting through lies
People have their ideas but they can’t define me
All are mirrors to grow and learn from.

Happy New Year as you put into motion an attitude of gratitude so that no matter what happens to you next year, you can ride the current, go with the flow and find your dristi (focus) and bliss.

As always, thanks so much for your time and support. If you found this useful, please remember to like (if you do of course), comment and or share.

In Gratitude,

❤️🙏

Cindy

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Soni Cool😎
6 months ago

Amazing tips cindy❤️❤️❤️ love you dear… 🤗🤗🤗

Nawazish
6 months ago

Wonderful post Cindy! Hope you had great a great celebration!❤

Nawazish
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

I am doing well. What about you?

Nawazish
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

Haha! That’s great!❤

Ladysag77
6 months ago

What a celebration ritual, I love it! I resonate deeply with all you wrote here especially the burning of intentions to be released, I practice that daily in my shamanic practice. Beautiful as always dear Cindy🌈 and here’s to a powerful 2021🌠🙌🤗❤

Prakaash inspiration
6 months ago

Very nice tips for the new year resolution🌷🙏

short-prose-fiction
6 months ago

Wonderful Cindy. I am thrilled to learn more about you and more from you. The ritual is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.
Sending love and hugs.

short-prose-fiction
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

My pleasure Cindy. May you forever be an inspiration for all of us ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

short-prose-fiction
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

My pleasure 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹

Bryan Wagner
6 months ago

Comprehensive and powerful. Thank you for this.

Bryan Wagner
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

Thank you.

Ritish sharma
6 months ago

Actually, that’s an interesting way. Good read.

Ingrid
6 months ago

‘This year was like a surprise gift I could have never predicted.’ I couldn’t agree more. This time last year I had a boring job and was taking time for everyone but myself. Now I am doing what I’ve dreamed of all my life! Unexpected blessings and plenty of reasons to be grateful, whatever the challenges.

Ingrid
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

I’m not making any money yet but that can wait 😂

Ingrid
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

That’s my philosophy! And it’s not like I need much during a lockdown anyway 😅

Ingrid
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

You will find it in your ❤️

Marsha
6 months ago

Cindy, this is such a lovely post. I want to go into detail but hubby is urging me on, so I will come back and finish the video and my comment later, but I wanted to wish you a Happy 2021, and thank you for becoming such a good friend in 2020.

Betul Erbasi
6 months ago

Amazing tips here!

Navin
6 months ago

Insightful….amazing tips & then your video….plus the ritual….you’re a very grounded being ❤️

Navin
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

You’re welcome, Cindy….it’s quite impressive ❤️

Navin
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

You’re definitely a kind hearted being with so much light ✨

Navin
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

You’re very welcome ✨❤️

Seraja
6 months ago

amazing

Introverted Thoughts
6 months ago

What a brilliant idea! I do write letters to myself but they’re more like a prank I play on my future self😂 I loved the prompts you’ve mentioned and absolutely agree that gratitude can make so much difference!
Have a blessed year ahead!!❤️❤️

Introverted Thoughts
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

Hehe, thank you!🤭 I sure will! My pleasure! ❤️

catherinebwrites
6 months ago

My New Year Resolution? Do things I enjoy. Just now I’m enjoying blogging my HIGHLIGHTS OF 2020.
Thanks for checking them out.

Offshorewriter
6 months ago

Loved reading this Cindy. ❤️ What a great thing to not miss this ritual for 35 years! I am inspired 👏👏

Lisa at Micro of the Macro
6 months ago

Cindy, this intimate & brave post is just perfect. I have so much admiration for your willingness to share so much with your readers. That is probably one of the reasons you are so well-loved in this community. It’s like we each feel that you trust us enough to reveal your heart’s secrets & we gobble up every word!

Back to this specific post, I love the burning bowl ceremony, and took part in it yearly when working at and/or attending Unity and Science of Mind churches. I can remember talking about setting things on fire in my corporate America days, too. 😜 There is something we perceive as so final about the burning process. A great way to let go of things that don’t serve! Thank you for your lovely reminder! 🌞

Lisa at Micro of the Macro
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

Awwww, Cindy, I’m glad my words could bring you cheer on a day you were feeling tender. Even on the tough days, I hope you can remember that you are a blessing to many. Much love to you, my friend. 💕🌞🙏

PoojaG
6 months ago

This sounds like such a lovely ritual and a great way to figure out what you want this year and put it out into the universe. I’m definitely going to try it out!

PoojaG
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

Will do!

vaniheart
6 months ago

Hey Cindy thanks for sharing !!!
I will definitely give this a try.👏👏

Cheryl, Gulf Coast Poet
6 months ago

Cindy, Thanks for sharing some of the rituals of your life. It is interesting to see how last year’s writings foreshadowed the better aspects of 2020. I hope we can take what we have learned from 2020 and move into the future in a more enlightened way. I am excited to see what 2021 may bring. All the best, Cindy…a year of growth and fulfillment! <3

D. Wallace Peach
6 months ago

What a lovely ritual, Cindy, and how fun to read the letter from the previous year. I’m going to take some quiet time today to go through these steps (with runes rather than angel cards). Thanks so much for sharing your year. I hope all your dreams and goals come to fruition in 2021!

Lisa Mae ❤️
6 months ago

I love this!

akshita1776
6 months ago

Amazing tips!

thereluctantpoet
6 months ago

Wow! Cindy!! What a great ritual! Looking forward to sharing this with followers!
xoxox 😊💕🌹🌹✨

thereluctantpoet
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

xoxo 😘💕🌹✨

Markus + Micah
6 months ago

Happy 2021, Cindy. Your tips are so helpful in welcoming the New Year fresh and lighthearted. Wishing this year will be even better than the last for you!

Shristy Singh
6 months ago

Nice

Zoewiezoe
6 months ago

Burning the past year. That sounds like exactly what I need. I will totally be doing this!

rothpoetry
6 months ago

I enjoyed your post and your video! Sounds like you have cleared the way for a more hopeful new year!

Halbarbera
6 months ago

Wise advice…

Halbarbera
Reply to  Halbarbera
6 months ago

But I’m melting!

marlene ford gf Sesse
marlene ford gf Sesse
6 months ago

Wonderful tradition and ceremony to share with family and friends as well as clients. Soo beautifully executed.
Glad all of your goals came into fruition you deserve it and so much more. It is obvious that you are a very loving and honest person . Much love to you 💕❤️💕

Curt Mekemson
6 months ago

I keep a daily journal, Cindy, a practice I have pursued for the past 20 years, ever since I read Julia Cameron in 2000 while hanging out on a beach in Baja. 🙂 At the end of the year, I go back and reread it as part of my process of planning for the coming year. It’s a great way look at where I have been and think about where I want to go.
Have you been to Burning Man? I would suspect you have. I’ve been numerous times since 2004. One of my favorite things about Black Rock City is the beautiful temple they build there where people leave messages to loved ones, people who have passed on, favorite pets, joys and sorrows. I always take at least an hour to wander through the temple and read the messages. The temple is always burned on Sunday night, and the thousands of messages that have been left are sent skyward. It is a beautiful, cleansing ceremony. –Curt

Curt Mekemson
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

Of course, Cindy, as a senior citizen, I am allowed to forget on occasion. 🙂 Did we talk about the temple? And you seem like such a natural for being a Burner.

Curt Mekemson
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

I’ve written dozens of posts on the event, Cindy. I am not a fanatic about the culture, but I love the creativity and art. 🙂

Curt Mekemson
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

Do my categories on the side come up when you view my posts, Cindy? If so’click on the Burning Man category and you will find Burning Man Blogs galore! 🙂

Curt Mekemson
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

Grin. You too!

Samreen Asad
6 months ago

Wonderful post Cindy with so many pearls of wisdom from you as always and to begin a year with all of your tips would be amazing. 😊❤️😍 This idea of burning out your weaknesses or the things you want to let go and don’t want to continue with, is a great idea and a sign to move towards being a more better and positive individual. 🤗 indeed every dark times teaches you as well and 2020 has taught us a lot, if we take heed. I loved your semi poem 💝🥰 We have so much to say, thoughts seated deep inside of us and isn’t it wonderful how here we share ours and when people resonate while commenting, it feels soo good. And one of such beautiful and kind soul are you ❤️❤️❤️ May this year bring so much of health, joy and happiness for you and all your loved ones. 🤗🤗🤗❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Samreen Asad
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

Pleasure is all mine Cindy, oh yes I always do😊❤️ That’s a wonderful saying 🙂That is soooo sweet of you to say dear, i too feel blessed and immensely happy to share mine too, thank you soo much for your love and kindness, stay safe and happy 😍😍❤️❤️❤️🤗🤗🤗💕💕💕😘😘😘

Samreen Asad
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

Thank you kindly dearest one ❤️❤️❤️❤️ you too have great time 💞💞🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗

Samreen Asad
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🥰🥰🥰🥰💕💕💕💕

Samreen Asad
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

🤗🤗🤗🤗✨✨✨✨🌟🌟🌟🌟💝💝💝💐💐💐💖💖💖❤️❤️❤️

Samreen Asad
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

😍🤗💝😆😛❤️💞💕🌹🌹✨

Samreen Asad
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

❤️❤️❤️🌹🌹🌹🌹🤗

sloppy buddhist
6 months ago

beautiful Cindy and lovely to hear your voice here ☺️ also funny as I did burn…smudged…and created and yes already New Year happy! time just feels like an illusion now…hugs and peace to you and all your loved ones…thank you for all you share ~ 🤍🕊 hedy

Athira
6 months ago

My dear Cindy,

I simply loved that video…And happy to see you too🙏🏻🙏🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻🙂

Athira
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

Thank you so much Cindy…Have a good sleep..😴

Athira
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

Alright Cindy..Thank you….
Good night..

Athira
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

🙂

michnavs
6 months ago

amazing tips Cindy.. happy 2021 … all the best

The One Who Always Talks
6 months ago

Hi Cindy!
Such a beautiful and helpful post! I finally managed to check your blog (I’ve been thinking about doing it for a while now). I am so glad I decided to visit it! I love everything about it! Your blog oozes positivity in every sphere! I read a few of your posts and I was very surprised about how relatable and helpful they were! Honestly, being a teen, I don’t often come across relatable stuff in WordPress. But your blog is amazing!!!!!!!!

2020 has taught be a whole lot of stuff, But in a way, I’m grateful for it too. I got more time with family, made new friends (isn’t that amazing?) and most of all I realized the fragility and value of life. How remarkable that it only took a small virus to shut the oh-so-powerful humans into their homes! Most of all, I’m grateful that I decided to join WordPress and got to meet awesome people like you!

A very Happy New Year to you! Here’s to us interacting more!

The One Who Always Talks
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

Oooh so you’re a teen too (kinda) 😀
Yes we’re automatically friends 😂
I’m actually anonymous here soo……you may just call me umm “Sep” (I just came up with that, and it doesn’t stand for September 😂)

The One Who Always Talks
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

Oh I’m not?? *mistake*

The One Who Always Talks
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

Tysm!!!

Eromonsele Emmanuel
6 months ago

Happy New Year Cindy!!! Love your advise and nice handwriting by the way. Cheers to more wine!!! 🥂

Eromonsele Emmanuel
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

You’re welcome Cindy! Oh yes, that’s true. I won’t be doing any new year themed post cos I’m on a break up to the end of January or next month. Thanks for the care. ❤

Eromonsele Emmanuel
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

Thanks a bunch.

johncoyote
6 months ago

Happy New Year dear Cindy. I wish you great happiness and great success in 2021.

Rishika Jain
6 months ago

Aw.. fun post as ever, Cindy! How’re you doing? I just love the letter you wrote and all the thing you’re grateful for, happy 2021!!💕💕

Rishika Jain
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

All the best, Cindy, and yes, justice will prevail, don’t worry!! I am doing terrific, chilling out before our final exams begin lol💕💕

ashok
6 months ago

So awesome Cindy.

May God give you more blessings in 2021.

Love and hugs 🤗

Mara Ziyad
6 months ago

You’re a beautiful, glorious soul. Please, bless us and the world for many more days to come 🌹

Shashank Narayan
6 months ago

Happy new year Cindy!!🙂💐

voidspace144
6 months ago

Thank you so much! I’ve done it parts and pieces before but never as a new year ritual. Looks like a whole package, and I’m gonna try it out this weekend. 🙂

sundaygirl9
6 months ago

This is most positive and inspiring. Thank you for sharing. Happy New Year.

Ruelha
6 months ago

Wow Cindy this is truly inspiring….an excellent idea. I think I should start doing this….but I’m afraid I’ll lose my envelope from the previous year….. it the idea is awesome…..I really love the steps….they’re very organized and I think it should help with introspection and decluttering of the fragile mind and soul……🤩😍🤩🙏🏼🤩😍🤩😍🤩😍🤩….thanks for the idea Cindy…….🍭😍🍭😍

Ruelha
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

Hahahhahahahahaha……I hope you’re right about my organization skills 😉😉😉🤣🤣🤣😉😅😅😅😅😉😉😉…..a blessing …..that I wnat right now…..send me your blessing pleaseeeeeee🙏🏼🍭🙏🏼🍭🙏🏼🍭🙏🏼🍭🙏🏼

Ruelha
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

Awesome….I think I should do that every morning

Ruelha
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

📝💭

Adefemi Olajide
6 months ago

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jonicaggiano
6 months ago

So many great ideas my friend. I love this. The idea of writing down all the things we have to be thankful for, so positive. Writing a letter to yourself such a wonderful idea. It sure beats thinking about the negative and watching the news my friend. Great ideas in your post. Sending ❤️ love Joni you are such a sweetheart Cindy

jonicaggiano
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

Oh you are a sweetheart my friend. I love the sunshine you put out. Cats are relaxing too. You always have solid advice my friend. Love you Cindy. 🤗💕❤️

jonicaggiano
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

They bring so much love to us and are such a blessing in our lives. I am glad your house is full of so much love. xoxoxo

jonicaggiano
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

Yea!!!! God knew what he was doing when he made all the animals in the world. Our furry friends are so special. Have a great day you wonderful, positive influencer. Sending you lots of love my friend. 🤗💕❤️🧚🏻🧚🏻

jonicaggiano
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

🤗💕Love you Cindy.

jonicaggiano
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

Haha show me someone who is my friend. Not on this earth but you have a gift for it. I could never do what you do. Too funny about being on camera or even having my photo taken. Thanks for
Letting me know perhaps I can get my husband to do it with me. He is very strong and has always worked out but we did yoga together for three years. 🤗💕❤️🦋🦋

jonicaggiano
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

Not surprising you were a performer something but you’ve got light girl, like a beam. We are connected sweetie. I don’t believe our connections are a coincidence. You are wonderful and don’t worry what he thinks. He will do it with me anyway. He can do twelve pull ups with excellent form and hold his body balanced on his arms and do an L. He is younger than me by a bit. We will have been married for 25 years this July. I will let you know how our work out goes. Love ❤️ you Cindy. By the way you are in great shape my friend. Sending lots of prayers for blessings and love. 💕❤️🤗🦋🧚🏻🧚‍♀️

jonicaggiano
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
6 months ago

Your so sweet, he is doing it with me. We are going to do it after we digest our food. We eat a healthy breakfast and a healthy meal usually around 3:00. So we will likely do it at 6:00 pm. Looking forward to it. Keep smiling and spreading that beautiful energy of your. Love you Cindy. ❤️💕

Kumar Harsh
6 months ago

I really took notes from this post Cindy. So much wisdom and life experience is such few lines. I think i will adopt this exercise. 😇😇 thank you so much for sharing

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5 months ago

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