I remember one time when we visited a bird sanctuary we had to walk across a disinfectant mat of sorts, to wash any debris we might be carrying on our shoes and avoid transporting potentially harmful organisms inside. It was a simple process, completely painless and well managed; each tourist felt part of the team working together to protect the beautiful animals we were there to see.
As I sit here counting the hours till I get on my flight (25!), I feel the power of this trip, the potential it carries to remove any debris from my past and propel me forward to my abundant future. This trip is my personal journey’s disinfecting mat!!
I know I am not alone in hanging onto dead weight, rubbish, garbage (pick your word) and wanted to share some of the ways I am creating the space needed for tomorrow. It is perfectly okay (and often advisable) to get professional help for one or more of these steps.
- The simplest first step is often to take care of the physical clutter – give away clothes, books, food, anything that you don’t like, use or are past their prime.
- I cannot overstate how much I despise paperwork and the last two months have been challenging for me as I had to wrap up several business ventures, do legal stuff, taxes and organize my files into some sort of order. And now, on the other side of the tasks, I am confident I have done what needed to be done to firmly close the door to the past.
- I had been carrying self-righteous anger for more than a decade and finally realized the wisdom of the oft-quoted “Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die” – I was the one suffering most. So I did something about it and now I feel lighter. Forgiveness is powerful.
- We don’t always have a choice about the health challenges we face but we can choose to take full responsibility for our own self-care. For me that has meant a radical shift in habits, not all of which are easy or comfortable. The results are worth it as I now have better control over my depression (more info here), arthritis (with yoga and exercise) and epilepsy (by eating differently and reducing stress).
- The final piece of the process for me has been prayer and meditation. Strengthening my commitment to let go, asking for support and surrendering the details are all part of my daily routine.
Life is a journey and most of us hope for a wonderful tomorrow. In order for that to happen we must let go of those things holding us back.
My teacher likened this to carrying a bag full of shite around with us, defending it as if it were precious gold, nurturing it as if it fed and nurtured us back, holding it close while it leaves us no room for the things we say we want.
Well, it’s time for me to dump out whatever remains of the shite and fill my bag with only those things I want for tomorrow. Won’t you join me?