Hope springs as we enter a period of rebirth: New Life.
It is that time to clear away the cobwebs and Spring Clean. So many of us apply this to our home, our things; how about spring cleaning our life?
Perhaps if we had a regular spring clean of ourselves we too would feel refreshed and new.
Allow yourself to take the time to observe any areas in your life that feel stuck, stagnant; in need of a clean sweep. Look at relationships with friends, work, family; how do they make you feel? Is it time to shed some things to make way for new opportunities, fresh starts, and new growth?
Taking stock and ‘spring cleaning’ your life can be invigorating rather than a huge daunting task.
Start with the relationship you have with yourself and consider the following:
- Are you showing yourself enough kindness and compassion?
- Have you achieved what you wanted to achieve? Where you placing unrealistic expectations on yourself?
- Are you too concerned with what other people think than making choices that support your own personal growth and well being?
- Does your mind feel so cluttered with tasks, responsibility, worries, bills, others expectations that you lose sight of what makes you happy, calm, at ease with yourself?
There are many ways to bring calm, peace, a sense of well being and clarity back and there is so much you can do to help yourself.
Both Reiki and Meditation are excellent for this, amongst other things I will share in the future however for today I will introduce an example of just one technique you can use yourself to help.
Find a place where you will not be disturbed. If possible switch off your mobile phone and disconnect your land-line. Sit somewhere comfortable.
- Close your eyes, take a deep breath in and then release. Repeat this twice and allow your breath to return to its natural pattern.
- Now, in front of you, imagine a large envelope. Next to this are small cards that will all fit into the envelope.
- Think of all the things that are cluttering up your mind, weighing you down, causing you to feel stress, upset or just keeping you in a rut. These may be people, jobs, thought patterns, beliefs, guilt, pain whatever. Don’t try too hard just allow the thoughts to flow.
- These things will appear as words on those cards as you think of them.
- Now, see yourself gathering the cards, putting them into the envelope and sealing it firmly closed.
- Turn the envelope over. It is already stamped.
- Notice that it reads ‘Return to sender, not known at this address’.
- Now picture yourself putting it in the post box knowing that you are sending this all away.
- Notice how much lighter you feel knowing that you have let go of those thoughts and things giving yourself space for new, fresh positive ones.
- Now bring you attention back to where you are sitting in the room. Wiggle your feet and hands, maybe stretch. Open your eyes and smile.
You have just practised a simple guided meditation which you can return to whenever you feel you feel the need to clean away your own cobwebs.
So get out that duster on yourself and get yourself sparkling!
Blessings to you.
P.S. This article first appeared in the April Issue of our local Parish Pump.
I hope you enjoyed it, time has flown since I wrote it and now there are more to come!