I love doing intention rituals for the new year. It gives me an opportunity to reflect on the passing year and what it was all about for me. I create an intention for the way I want to show up for myself and others, and the things I hope to create in my life in the new year.
My new year's rituals have gotten to be very popular with friends and I've started doing them with their kids. It's really cute to hear what the kids loved and didn't like about the past year and what they want to manifest in the coming year. When I plant little seeds of spirituality in children, I always do some kind of fun project or game; this seems to leave a more lasting impression.
Here are 5 super fun ways to create new year's intentions with your children:
1. Make a family vision board.
Gather all your old magazines and get out the paint, glitter, stickers, markers, and any other fun art supplies. You'll also need cardboard or big thick paper boards, and some kind of object you can pass along. (I like to use a stick or a crystal.)
How it works: Whoever holds the object gets to talk. Ask the children what they liked best about this past year. Then ask them how they want to feel or what they want to manifest in the new year.
After everyone talks, begin to cut out pictures. Draw, paint, paste pictures, or add glitter onto the board. When it's finished, go around and have the kids explain the choices they made for their boards. Frame the finished board and hang it somewhere where you can all see it.
2. Plant new year intention seeds.
Have your kids say their new year intentions, then have them write them on a small piece of paper. Get a pot, seeds, and some soil and have your children place their intentions in their pots. Then pour in the soil and plant the seeds. Give them the pots and teach them how to water and take care of them to feed their intentions so they grow.
3. Make new year's bracelets.
I did this last week with my friend's 10 year-old daughter, Lili. How it works: Pick out crystal beads from your local bead shop (or you can buy them online). Ideally you'll want to select ones that your kids are drawn to or that represent a feeling they want to embody. Some ideas include rose quartz for love, amethyst for stress relief, or blood stone to increase energy. Then you can string them or have the store string them.
Have your children hold the bracelets in their hands and say what it represents and how they want to feel, manifest, and be in the new year. Lili said she wants to feel more confident and that when she wears her magic beads, she can accomplish anything. Also, she wants to manifest a horse.
4. Do a burning ritual.
There are two ways to do this. First you can buy fly wish paper. Have your kids write down on one piece of paper what they want to let go of, and on another piece of paper what they want to manifest (for themselves, for others, and for the planet). Burn the paper and watch it fly into the universe. Another option: instead of burning wishes into the air, burn them in a fireplace. Throw in some sage when letting go of something, and maybe sprinkle on some ginger oil for bringing in the new that you wish to manifest.
5. Do a candle ritual.
You'll need a few tall, white candles in glass, some essential oils, paint, glitter, and stickers ... Have your kids write their intentions on a piece of paper and let them decorate their magical candle. Have them read their intentions and place the paper under the candle. Let them pick out the oil they like (lavender for stress, jasmine for love, orange and rose geranium for happiness) and have them add a few drops of essential oll to the candle. Light it so they can send their intention out into the world. (Be sure to let the candles burn to the end so you don't blow out their wishes!)