Happy New Year all! I sincerely hope that this year is everything you deserve for it to be – because that is how it will work!
So when people hit January they often make resolutions to be fitter, healthier, stop smoking, drink smoothies and as we all know, these resolutions have usually failed by the end of the month (if we were really committed!). As I mentioned last year, I like to set intentions for the New Year instead of resolutions, much less disciplinarian!
One of my main intentions this year is to really step into my light, to own who I am and go out and grab it. Of course this is easier said than done and a lot of it will involve silencing that negative Nora we all have chattering away in our heads, as well as silencing some of the psychic vampires that hang out in our lives too.
It also involves letting go of any negative energy that may be sticking to me so I have also set out to do a January deep clean! I want to purify my surrounding, my own energy and my mind in order to give myself the best possible start to 2015 and be able to step into my light.
Here’s how I am doing it, I have divided the cleansing into three areas; my physical surroundings, people and myself!
My Physical Surroundings
So energy is sticky and it can get stuck and stagnant in our homes quite easily, especially in corners or areas that aren’t used very often, I like to take a three step approach to clearing my surroundings:
1. Clear the clutter – After Christmas we may find we have just shoved stuff in a corner and all that clutter not only influences our mind, but it traps energy creating a stale space. Have a good clear out of your living and work space and you will feel that the space seems lighter when you have finished. This is also really important for your car if you own one.
2. Cleanse the area – Yes you can give a good clean with Pledge and Mr Muscle but I mean cleanse the energy of that space! The best way I know how to do it is by using dried sage to smudge your home. Just light some dried sage, let it smoke and then waft it around every room in the house. Make sure you pay good attention to corners and doorways. Again, when you have finished the room feels as if you have had the windows open on a blowy day!
3. Make a sacred space – You don’t need to have Buddhas and angels everywhere (although that is lovely!) I just mean that your home should be your sacred space. It should be a place you feel calm, safe and happy. If anything about it stresses you out, try and make a change. So simply removing some of the clutter as mentioned before, adding some nice soft furnishings or adding some beautiful crystals will just make your home a space where you feel at home!
When your physical surrounding have been cleared, you will notice a huge difference but of course it is only part of the cleansing process, you now need to deal with cleansing the space around which is filled by other people!
New Year is a good time to reflect on how you interact with those around you. Do the people around you make you feel safe, loved and supported? Or do the people around you make you feel anxious, stressed and angry? This video from Prince Ea really sums up this whole part of the cleansing process for me:
It is time to cleanse your social environment too so look at who you are surrounded by and decide to create some space from the negative people. After all, we are said to be like the five people we spend most of our time with.
Now we come to the biggest cleanse of them all, ourselves! Of course we can start physically by eating wonderful food, enjoying some green smoothies and getting outside into nature too but the cleanse I am focused upon is a mental cleanse.
Have you had too much time on your hands over Christmas to over think and over analyse things? Are the stories you are telling yourself positive and encouraging ones or are you bullying yourself mentally?
Most of us have such a nagging negative voice in our own heads that if that voice ever became a real person we would probably knock them out! We have over 60,000 thoughts per day and most of them are subconscious and 98.4% of them are exactly the same as thoughts we have already had! So if those thoughts are largely negative, imagine how much our minds get polluted.
The best way to reprogramme negative thinking is by practicing gratitude. I cannot promote this enough, by simply listing three gratitudes every day from the biggest of things to the tiniest of things, we start to programme our brains to go through life looking for the positives. So simply keep a gratitude journal and list just three things every day that you are really grateful for. You will find that even on the darkest day, you will still have things to be grateful for.
Once you start to reprogramme how you think, you can then take time every day to keep your mind clean by practicing simple meditation. This doesn’t have to be sitting for an hour every day in silence, meditations can be as simple as 60 seconds done whilst driving. Simply take time to focus upon your breathing and allow your mind time to experience peace and calm.
I wish you all a very happy, uncluttered, clean New Year!