Make Room For The New Year With Palo Santo
As we enter 2019, we’re preparing for the New Year with a very special ritual, involving Palo Santo. But before we delve into what that ritual entails, let’s first examine New Year’s resolutions in general, beginning with their definition.
The word resolution (noun) is defined as:
- A firm decision to do or not to do something
- The action of solving a problem, dispute or contentious matter
Resolutions come at a time when we look back at the previous year and make an effort to improve ourselves with the start of a new one. The tradition of making them dates all the way back to the Romans (153 B.C.). In fact, “January” is named after “Janus”, a mythical god of early Rome. Janus is a two-faced god, symbolizing his ability to both look back on the past and forward toward the future. He was the guardian of arches, gates, doors, beginnings and endings.
Today, we make resolutions because we want to accomplish a goal or break a habit. Yet, we often fall short of our resolutions, sometimes even within the same month. Our reasons for failure are many - lack of support, motivation and determination - but they can all be tied to low energy.