Happy solstice everybody!
I hope you enjoyed this winter solstice weekend and were able to take some to pause, reflect and renew.
Stay tuned this week for radical tips on how to cleanse 2013 and start fresh with soul filled intentions for the new year. It is time to "go inside" and get clear about what you really want AND what has been holding you back from getting it, doing it & living it! Join me this week as I journey deep into #radicalhonesty and self-reflection…
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So how are you going to begin the new year? Are you going to cleanse the past or carry it with you like a ton of toxic bricks in your backpack?
I know first hand just how disappointing it can be to set goals and then not achieve them… And lurking right under the surface awaits those sneaky voices of self-doubt, judgement and criticism that are just waiting for you get off track!
In taking time to stop, pause and reflect we have the opportunity to clean house and eradicate toxic thoughts, past grievances, disappointments and failures that have become so heavy we can barely carry the load. The difficult part is, the backpack is invisible so we don’t even know its there and we certainly don’t understand how it seeps out and negatively impacts our lives.
Many of us reflect on the past year and set our intentions for the year ahead, but we often leave out the very important work of self-reflection and evaluation. We wonder why our New Year’s goals never seem to stick and sometimes even wonder why we set goals in the first place (because they never seem to work anyway, so why try!). Perhaps we still start out the New Year somewhat inspired but quickly loose inspiration as our comfortable, old patterns take over (ouch! you know what I mean?!).
The winter solstice highlights the darkest day of the year and the turn of a new cycle of light as we enter the New Year. This turning of the cycles has been celebrated throughout the ages and used as a catalyst for personal transformation through celebration of what was and is to come; inward reflection, self-discovery, intention setting, silence and prayer.
Harness the darkness of winter and spend time in silence. Hibernate like the bear to gather your strength and utilize this time for self-reflection, evaluation and visioning. Dive deep within your own heart and get back in touch with your inner wisdom that quietly waits to guide and support you. Take this time to cleanse your consciousness of that which no longer serves you, releasing the past to free up your future and finally step into the life you truly deserve and desire.
Each day this week I will share with you a new step to the cleanse!
STEP I: Intention & Commitment
The first step is to simply set an intention and commit to the process. Be willing to show up and get honest with yourself as you reflect back upon your year. Be willing to practice Radical Self-Honesty and eat a piece of humble pie in the process! If you are on this site a part of you is open to personal growth, healing and wholeness. Perhaps you also yearn to live from love, not fear and are opening to diving deep within yourself and heal in the process... A very important part of this cleansing and transformation process is also understanding your own personal WHY.
Take a moment to discover for yourself why you want to do this process. Reflect upon your life as a whole and be willing to see where this type of work could support you on your journey. Imagine participating in this Life Cleanse and really doing the work each day… Imagine having cleansed what no longer serves you. Imagine letting go of a ton of toxic bricks that have been weighing you down and seeping out unconsciously in all areas of your life. Imagine feeling free and open to embark upon a new year with renewed vitality, vigor and inspiration…
Once you've envisioned your why, take a moment to commit to this process. Set aside enough time every day to tap back in and follow the steps. Commit to personal and spiritual development through assessing what is and isn't working in your life. Commit to radical life transformation. Commit to YOU! If you need to, tell your family that you are going to take some time for yourself and you would appreciate their support in this process.
So today, all you have to do is say YES to you and commit to this process. Be willing to dive deep and get your hands dirty and I will see you on the blog tomorrow!
Do you also know what it feels like to set goals and fail? Have you ever beat yourself up over not achieving what you set out to do?
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Wishing you a blessed holiday week!
MindBodyBeing's Founder Heather Blankinship is the main author for the blogs and also hosts contributing writers from around the globe.