Friday, April 18, 2014

Spiritual Spring Cleaning

spiritual spring cleaning
When we think of spring cleaning, we usually think of thoroughly cleaning the house from top to bottom to clean out the residue of winter.

But spring cleaning is not just for drapes and furniture.

We can spring clean our minds, too (and this can be done in any season).

This is a time to ditch bad habits, expel fear(s), and dump thoughts and beliefs that no longer serve you and keep you from performing at optimal levels.

Take out the mental garbage. This means throwing out negative thoughts that have been collecting. The garbage of negative thinking tends to stink up your life. This kind of thinking does you no good. Ask yourself, what is this thought/belief serving, and for what purpose am I holding on to this thought/belief?

Just as regular trash attracts flies, negative thinking attracts the flies of negative vibrations. Renew your mind by replacing negative thinking with positive thoughts and affirmations. Dust off your gratitude, appreciation, and optimism as a way to polish up your attitude.

Shed light in your spiritual closet. Closets are spaces where we store items we want to hide from others and from ourselves. What's in your spiritual closet? Does it contain the baggage of unforgiveness and bitterness? Does it hide your resentment or grief? If so, use the spiritual cleaning tools of meditation, prayer, or journaling to help you release those emotions.

Get rid of what no longer serves your Higher Self. This can be a bad habit such as smoking, drinking, or eating garbage foods. Ask yourself, what is one habit that I can change, and what would it do for my life?

If a relationship no longer serves you, then it is time to let it go. Toxic relationships will only bring you and the other person down, so it's best to free each other's energy to pursue new friendships and adventures.

Nurture the relationships that are positive and affirming.

Rinse out your mouth. As your heart and mind get clean, your language is next to follow. Sometimes we say things that are hurtful to others, including ourselves. Negative talk and pessimistic thoughts that contradict our innate goodness hold us and others down. This is a misuse and abuse of energy. Practice being kind to yourself and others. Give compliments. Help others rather than put them down. This includes the challenge of not complaining.

Face a fear. The illusion of fear can appear to be very real, but it's smoke and mirrors. This can be a big challenge, but it's about taking baby steps. Ask yourself, what is one fear that is holding me back, and what would my life be like if I no longer harbored this fear? Fear is really the opportunity of courage in disguise. Create awareness around it, commit to facing it and start taking action on a daily basis toward overcoming it. Before you know it, the smoke will clear and the mirrors will reflect a brand new you.

Let the sun shine in! Whether it's nature, Jesus, Buddha, etc., let in the Light of Presence so that your soul can shine. Connecting with Source on a daily basis will keep your spirit continually refreshed.

It's time to spring ahead toward your Higher Self. What spiritual spring cleaning activity will you do to move forward?

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