January is the Month for Letting Go
The New Year is a fresh start for each of us. January is the spiritual month of letting go of everything from emotional hurts to physical items that are cluttering up our lives. However, letting go is not always as easy as it sounds. While letting go of emotional and mental hurts can be difficult, getting rid of physical objects is an easier task. Releasing possessions that no longer suit us is the physical act of making space for abundance to enter our lives.
Focus on de-cluttering your home first. Break your belongings into categories such as clothing, knick-knacks, junk drawers and books. This prevents moving items from one room to another, a regular stumbling block in the art of de-cluttering. We get attached to items, believing that they are the vessels and the keys to our memories. Instead, change your mindset and remember that YOU are the storage for those memories.
Purge Your Closet
Begin by working your way through all the items in your wardrobe. Discard, giveaway, or donate clothes that no longer fit. While you may be tempted to keep them, they make you focus on the past, and not on what the future holds for you. Look at what is left after you practical purging. Do the items make you feel happy and comfortable or do they leave you with a negative feeling? Clear out those that cause misery and you are left with items that fill your life with joy, balancing your natural energy.
Feeling inspired by this idea? Check out this popular book by Marie Kondo that explains how to take the decluttering concept and use it to organize your life.
Purge Your Bad Habits
People regularly decide on annual resolutions to eat healthier, lose weight or begin an exercise routine. Bad habits are little actions we pick up through the years in our attempts to avoid stress, pain or to help escape situations we don’t like. They consume time, energy, and emotions. We all have them, and here are some great ways to counter bad habits:
• Replace your 6 cups of coffee a day with herbal teas and water.
• Try Yoga to help you relax.
• Go for a walk instead of sitting and stressing over a situation out of your control.
• Join a group – Knitters, volunteers, musicians, even a book club.
Letting go of your bad habits can allow your natural creativity to flow and bring back joy in your life.
Purge Your Negative Relationships
Relationships are another aspect of our lives where we might need to release some negativity. We all gather attachments as we go through our lives – some of these attachments are beneficial to our growth and well-being. Many others are not. You might go through a process of denial, anger, rationalization, even obsessing over an entire relationship and what happened throughout it. To start letting go of a relationship that has become a burden to you, take time to understand why it didn’t work, accept that it is over, and focus on loving yourself again. Refocus your energy on more positive things, make a list of goals you want to achieve and go for them. Remember that some people come into our lives for a short period of time to help us grow as a person, not to be there forever. This video of Madea offers a fantastic perspective on relationships and why we should take time to let go of those that no longer serve us.
Evaluate your life and narrow down what is negatively impacting it then start the process of letting go. It won’t be easy, but it will be spiritually uplifting. If you need help we are here. With our many workshops and spiritual sessions, there is always something to benefit you.