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4 Mindful Toasts for the New Year

Cheers for happy New Year
December 29, 2016

When people raise their glass for a toast they usually give a speech that is short and humorous or a little sporadic and lengthy. Giving a mindful toast that will touch not only the hearts, but also the minds of the other guests, takes forethought, planning, and a few helpful ideas

The toasting tradition goes back centuries. The word “toast” comes from the fact that people used to drop pieces of spiced toast in goblets of wine. These pieces of toast were used as a “flavoring device.” They were equivalent to the modern tradition of adding a slice of lime to a Margarita.

Although toasting traditions vary from country to country, there are some similarities, such as the tradition of toasting to the country or ruler of the land. In the first century BCE, there was an actual Roman decree that the health of Emperor Augustus must be toasted at every meal, and in the 450 CE, the first British toast was given in hour of King Vortigern. There was also a time in America, right after the Revolutionary War, where official state dinners and celebrations ended with 13 toasts—one for each state.

Today, there are no decrees mandating how we should toast or whom we should toast about, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t put any thought into it. New Year’s Eve is right around the corner and it’s one of the top ten drinking days of the year. So, with all of the celebratory parties coming up across the world, there will be plenty of occasions for you to make a toast. If you want to make a mindful toast, you’ll need to do some prep work. Get started by deciding what kind of speech you want to give. Check out the four ideas listed below.

  • Toast to love. What’s more beautiful or mindful than love? Love for people and for your city should be celebrated and toasted. Use your toast to express your love and to inspire your guests to freely express their love in the new year. 
  • Toast to challenges and triumphs. Speeches that recall times of yesteryear are common for toasts. Recalling past achievements and challenges is a great way to inspire people about the future. It can also help people come to terms with the difficulties they have experienced in their own lives this past year.
  • Toast to tomorrow. A new year is right around the corner. If you plan on making a toast on New Year’s Eve, make sure your speech is about hope and optimism for the new year. A fresh start can free the soul and push us to be better, more mindful people. 
  • Remember the little things. Part of being mindful is appreciating the little stuff. A rainbow after a storm, a hug from a friend you haven’t seen in a while, and small gestures of kindness, such as a “Get Well” card, are little like miracles that are often overlooked. Use your toast to appreciate the little things. Make a toast to that very moment or breath you are all experiencing. You are surrounded by loved ones and seasonal joy, what could be better?

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