Clear your mind

We are in the mist of the holiday season. The endless store commercials, Christmas songs, parades, and all the fuss.

After all the hustle and bustle, right before the New Year begins, we begin to think about clearing clutter and cleaning our homes. The superstition goes, if you go into the New Year with an unclean house and clutter that is how the rest of the year will be.

Did you ever think that our minds might be the same way? If you go into the New Year with an unclean mind and clutter in our minds, that's how the rest of the year will be. Just as we clean and clear our homes this time of the year, we need to also clear and clean our minds.

What is mind clutter? Mind clutter is useless, worn out thought patterns, habits, unproductive ideas, people, and relationships. How many of us start year after year letting the same old people and stuff take up space in our heads?

We seem to hold on to bad relationships, unresolved issues from our childhood, drug addiction that imprisons, and painful events. Sadly, some of us will go to our graves with this garbage; still angry, blaming someone for something that happened last month, last decade, or even last century.

Think about the people and individuals you have held grudges against, old and new. Who are you still blaming for mishaps that happened in your live? Who have you not forgiven?

Are you still upset over your parents and your childhood? Do you still have resentment for that person you gave your all to and it did not work out? Addictions are allowing us to escape from what? Are you still harboring anger at people who mistreated you or should have protected you but did not?

Ask yourself what it is that you need to do so you can release this stuff, move on, and enjoy life fully.

It may mean confronting someone or telling them how you feel in person or in writing. Writing a letter forgiving someone on paper and burning it as a symbol for your forgiveness and releasing can do wonders.

Only you know what you need to release. Remember, forgiving and releasing does not mean that you did not suffer an injustice, nor does it mean you have to deal with the person you are forgiving. Forgiving means acknowledging what happened, releasing it, and moving on in peace.

Look in the mirror at your beautiful face and say, "I have experienced some pretty terrible things, or I may not have made the best decisions in life thus far. This is a part of my life, but it is not my life." Let it go and move on.

What a great way to start the New Year.

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Volume 2, Issue 12, Posted 2:51 PM, 12.05.2010