In order to successfully transition into a new job or a shift in your personal life, you must clear the trail ahead before you can proceed. One of the most effective ways to create forward momentum is to simplify your environment and life.
Get rid of possessions you no longer need in your home and office. Sell or give them to someone who needs them. Squelch your urge to buy more, more, more. Stop wasting your valuable time rearranging things you never use. Dive in and de-clutter. Then deeply clean and rearrange your space, creating a more inviting and functional space.
Simplifying your life by releasing relationships and activities that no longer serve you is also very liberating. A rigorous physical and emotional spring-cleaning releases stuck energy and patterns of behavior, creating more time and space for moving free.
A few moments of quiet might stop that seemingly endless chatter of to-dos and worrisome thoughts that play in your head. Get outside. Be alone and still. Breathe. Soothe your spirit. Observing nature will center you.
If you can’t go outside, simply close your eyes and travel in your mind to a destination that feeds your sense of peace. Feel the warmth of the sun. Hear the roar of the waves or the wind in the trees.
Feel the warm touch of Spirit. Be thankful for the healing place available within your inner space. You are safe there.
Letting go of the past:
Continuing to blame yourself or others for past mistakes prevents you from creating the life you desire. Truth be told – it is your choice whether to hold onto lingering pain, anger, or doubts from the past or to release your woulda/coulda/shouldas in order to liberate yourself. If you can’t realize that your past has no power over you, unless you allow it to, you will miss the bliss that’s available to you right here, right now.
The key to releasing regrets is to realize that we all make mistakes and do the best we can given the situation, our capabilities, and limitations. We must absolve ourselves and others in order to move forward. Finally leaving a person or situation that no longer serves you is important. Forgiving someone who has hurt you is crucial for releasing the limiting chains of your past. The silver lining of letting go is a renewed freedom to embrace the lightness and joy that is available to you in the present moment.
Smoothing my rough edges:
A beach rock tossed about by the crashing waves gradually becomes rounder and smoother. Similarly, the adversity in our lives might end up smoothing our rough edges a bit. We may feel pretty beaten up after being tossed in unexpected directions. But the relief we feel after the crashing of the waves recedes puts things in perspective.
We must contemplate how certain patterns of thinking have deterred us from going with the natural ebb and flow of our life. After traversing difficulties and allowing self-reflection, our quest for fulfillment and growth will accelerate. As we share our greater sense of gratitude and joy, we will bring lightness to others.
When others fail to meet our expectations or hurt us deeply, we may feel profoundly sad or angry. Those strong feelings may feel like a knot in our gut that can’t be loosened. Allowing resentments or hurt feelings to separate us jeopardizes our relationships.
We must examine our dark feelings and bring them into the light in order to heal them. We must recognize that every one of us is doing the best we can, given our history and current circumstances. If we both are able to share our perspectives in a non-hurtful way, mutual empathy can be restored. Forgiveness becomes possible. We can release the knots of resentment only by truly forgiving ourselves and others. Mutual forgiveness liberates us to bond in a fresh way.