Dec 29, 2010
The Threshold of the Year
I was listening to a podcast yesterday that spoke about "liminal spaces" - those places that we think of as being between the worlds. The edge of a beach where the water meets the earth. The top of a mountain, where earth meets sky. And it occurred to me that the time between Yule/Christmas and the secular New Year has always seemed like a liminal space to me.
The days after the gift-giving, the eating, the visiting and celebrating seem to be a threshold of sorts. I feel as though I've left some things behind and am now stepping toward something new. As a Pagan, I celebrate the new year at the end of the harvest season (on October 31st-November 1st.) But there is something about breaking open a fresh calendar that just says 'new beginnings' to me.
I don't make resolutions, but I do spend some time thinking about how I'd like to grow in the next year. There is often some bittersweetness around the holidays for me. I love the gathering of the family, but it does force you to look back on how you've grown (or not) when people start asking you about what you've done during the year over turkey and stuffing.
Luckily I have grown in two small-but-important ways. I don't feel like I have to impress anyone anymore, and I've learned to take some small moments for myself throughout the holiday madness. Because of this, the last week went surprisingly well for me.
I hope the holidays went well for all of you too - and that you had some very happy celebrations!
Now I step onto that threshold and think about the things I would like to manifest for this year to come.
Do you make resolutions or to-do lists for the new year?