Emotions will hang around. Our ego can bolster negative worries or anxieties for longer than we’d like. Opinions or statements from friends, family or colleagues can haunt us badly. Worrying about the coming year can magnify existing concerns. Not all our thoughts and emotions can tally up as neatly as we like to arrange them in a book or journal. This is where ceremonies and ritualised methods of purging thoughts can play a quick and effective role in calming our thoughts and finding more focus.