By Julie Phillips, Guest Blogger
The concept of spring cleaning doesn’t just apply to household chores, taxes, or goodwill donations. We all have a little or a lot of inner spring cleaning to do. Spring is a time of rebirth, renewal and positive change. You can see the beauty of this breath of renewal in nature with colorful flowers blooming, trees budding, animals being born, and showers of rain cleansing the earth. What a perfect time to look deep within yourself to clean out some cobwebs that no longer serve you and make way for fresh, new, light-filled possibilities.
The age old saying is “the first step is admitting you have a problem.” By admitting to the problem, you’ve identified it. With that same concept in mind take a moment to identify what is holding you back. Maybe it’s an ugly breakup or an old, hostile job experience. Maybe it’s a negative feeling you have about yourself: I’m over weight, or I’m a procrastinator, or I will never get farther in my career. Take a moment to acknowledge these blocks and how they make you feel. During this moment check in with yourself; where do you feel the most hurt or heaviness? Is your heart heavy and sad? Does your stomach feel unsettled? These are not feelings that you want to carry. You do not want to walk around every day with an upset stomach or a heavy sad heart.
Once you’ve accepted that you have a problem, you come to the next step in this cleansing process: letting go! Incredibly difficult, but if you don’t let go of things that aren’t helping you move towards the greater good, how can you make room for the things that will? You can’t! In order to receive, you must release. A scary thought, I know. Until you get a broom in there and clear out those nasty cobwebs and venomous spiders you will continue to be weighted down in the exact same spot. Letting go does not mean forgetting, as some things cannot be forgotten. Letting go just means not allowing these things to weigh you down and control your life any longer. You must let go of the things that are not serving your higher self to receive the abundance that you deserve.
This cleansing process won’t necessarily be an easy or quick one. Some people deal with lifetimes of issues on a daily basis. It will take time, but you can prevail. Don’t be afraid to seek help in this process. After all, that’s what friends are for, right? Sometimes it takes someone on the outside looking in to give you a clearer perspective on situations. Finally, remember to love yourself, inside and out, from head to toe, and everything in between. Hug yourself for all the amazing accomplishments you’ve made. After all, letting go is a feat in and of itself!
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Julie is a mother, a daughter, a sister and a friend to many. Julie has a passion for the culinary arts, and can often be found seeking out local farms with her daughter for farm fresh staples to cook and enjoy with friends and family. Raising her daughter with awareness, confidence and individuality is something she takes very seriously. Julie not only hopes to inspire other women with her submissions to IATG, but also to show her daughter the importance of unity among women and the significant impact we can have when we encourage women to dream! Julie tweets at @JulieSonoma.
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