I’ve always used the time between Christmas and New Year’s to reflect back on the year that is about to pass, and to set some intentions for the year to come. The Norwegians actually have a name for this week: “romjula.” “Rom” means ”room” or ”space.” Romjula is the ”space” between jul (Christmas) and nyttår (New Year). To me, there’s something magical about this space between the years. 

This week between the years is a great time to consciously give thanks for all the blessings the year has brought. It’s also a good time to acknowledge the things that may not have gone quite the way you would have wanted. Forgive yourself for any mistakes you may have made, and forgive others if you feel they’ve somehow done you wrong. Release the negatives gently, and with compassion for yourself and others.

This space between the years is also a good time to think about some new habits you might want to create for the New Year. Good habits help you build change into your daily life.

Your cats can serve as a wonderful reminder that it’s not all about doing, but that sometimes, just being is enough. Give yourself permission to paws (okay, I had to use it at least once in this post!) and reflect this week – and perhaps, you’ll even decide to make pausing and reflecting one of your new habits for 2016.

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8 Comments on Sunday Purrs: Pause and Reflect Between the Years

  1. How right and sensible you are Ingrid in your thinking; this is indeed a very good time between Christmas and New Year to pause and reflect on things. I always think it’s a bit melancholy and sad but one always hopes for better things the following year. May you, Allegra and Ruby have many good things hapopening in 2016. You do a superb job with your Conscious Cat work, it’s always a joy to have your mails

  2. Good thoughts Ingrid. Especially for/with our furry kids. Hope that 2016 brings good fortune, happiness, health to all!


  3. I love this post. This was the year of emotional change for me. Having left one rescue to start another was one of the hardest and scariest things I have done. I said “goodbye” to other emotional issues that were unhealthy for me. Along the way, I seemed to have discovered a deeper sense of gratitude for the people in my life and the gifts that I have been given.

    Thanks for letting me “paws” and reflect on this year. Blessings for a peaceful, wonderful and fun New Year to you, Ruby and Allegra from Pipers and I.

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