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Alanis will be answering selected questions from fans right here on Alanis.com. Submit your questions in a comment below for a chance to get a direct answer from Alanis!
as each new year’s eve approaches i find myself compelled to tie the bow on the year that’s ending with a ritual of some kind.
these rituals vary from year to year and often integrate all my favorite forms of devoted and reflective ceremony.
many different ways to mark a passage, but always, i love to mark the end of the year with honorings of the year past, and intentions for the year to come.
would love to include some of the questions from this new year’s eve’s ritual with you
i invite you to share some of your answers with me if you’re inspired to…
what were some of the highlights of 2011 for you
what were some of the challenges that you rose to meet
what were some of the things you put to rest and truly let go of
how are you different from one year ago
what surprised you
how did you surprise yourself
who did you deepen your intimacy and friendship with this year
who are you eternally grateful to for their generosity and kindness
who and what gave you your biggest laughs from this year
what book, piece of art, music, food blew your mind this year
how did you use your unique gifts this year, in ways big or small, to serve
how did you take more responsibility for your choices and life
how did you take better care of yourself this year
how and when did you love well (well meaning maturely, functionally)
what were your most fun experiences, hands down
what are you proud of
what can you forgive yourself for
who and what are you grateful for
what are your top 5 big goals for this coming year
what is it that you know that you need more of or less of in order to be free to listen to your inner calling(s) and nudges
what is your highest and gentlest and best vision you could have for your life this coming year (emotionally. intellectually. physically. artistically. spiritually. sensually. geographically. socially. (add your own
how do you want to feel at the end of this coming year.
what are your top 5 priorities for this coming year.
how best can you use your gifts to both enjoy and serve in equal measure this coming year.
what do you look forward to taking a stand for this coming year
what are your most deeply held values that will guide your choices this coming year
what skill or talent do you want to nurture this year
what parts of your humanity do you want to embody a lot this coming year (humility? bravery? surrender? vulnerability? tenderness? directness? moderation?)
excited to share this reflection time of year with you, excited to see what might come of it for all of us…..
may 2011 end on a note of an open heart, one that knows the preciousness of all of us.
and may 2012 be a big blast off year of dreams both subtle and huge coming true more sweetly than we could have even imagined in it any ritual
i look forward to sharing my new record with you
as well as the many other expressions and their forms….
sending you all support, congratulations and love around this transition into the new year.
love you xoox
happy holidays to you and your families, friends n communities!
may this holiday be filled with all things you want…
whether it be rest, a sense of connection with your loved ones, expressions of love through the giving and receiving of gifts, the expressions of humility and devotion through your prayers and offerings of generosity.
may this planet be gifted with everyone’s basic needs being met
and from that, may we be afforded the clarity to know what we are each here for, what we are born to do
may we know through direct experience that we are connected
may we really sense how precious we all are.
thank you each for the deep love i have felt from you throughout the year….
your well-wishings and kindness have been very moving to me
i can’t wait to share the many artistic, geographical, spiritual and emotional adventures of this coming year with you…
and big love,