I have dubbed this new set of 365 days as the (#)Clean15. 2015 will be the year of cleansing Mind, Body and most importantly, Soul. A cleaner home to declutter the thoughts and create a space to generate more creativity. A cleaner, more mindful consumption to keep the body energized and healthy. A cleaner palate for the spirit nourished and sustained through meditation. Lets join together in this new year to clear out all of the old, tiresome junk that we carried all of last year and cleanse ourselves making space for all of the abundance that life has to offer us this year.
We’ll start small, making tiny changes that can be sustained on a daily basis over long periods of time. Doing anything this way has been proven to show real results. I find that when my house, car, or even my purse is a mess I’m more likely to get anxious, or allow my own life to get just as messy. For this week, set one, achievable goal. Clean out your purse, backpack, or even just your wallet. Maybe go bigger and go through your closet, donating anything you didn’t wear in 2014. Or sift through all of those files you know are stuffed in some drawer somewhere. Clean out your storage space and dust out the cobwebs of your life. There are so many physical ways to declutter your life, to give the space for your mental sanity to take a great big breath of relief! It feels so good!
Once you begin to take care of your mental health, begin to notice what you are consuming, and how that fuel affects the effectiveness of your body. I am personally way too addicted to chocolate, and unfortunately, when I eat it (in large amounts!) my body starts to respond by shifting moods quicker than I am sometimes prepared for, or by getting sluggish and slowing down when I really need it to keep working for me. This year I have vowed to myself to incorporate some more veggies into my diet. A salad for lunch instead of a sandwich. An extra side of asparagus with dinner instead of mashed potatoes. Already I feel a huge difference in my own body! I feel lighter, stronger and more energized. Again, there are so many ways to clean up your diet. Try drinking a couple more glasses of water per day, or switch out your morning coffee and creamer for a cup of hot water with lemon juice (so good). Switch out your chips for unsalted popcorn, or celery and peanut butter. Drink your fruits and juice your veggies. Don’t eat after 6 pm. Whichever you choose, try to stick with it for just one week… and then 2. And by 3 weeks, you might just love your new healthy habit so much, you wouldn’t even dream of going back to your old ways.
Now we have a clean home to keep our bodies in, clean bodies to house our spirits in, last but not least time to cleanse the soul just in time to manifest abundance in your new year. Meditation has always been a practice that I have touched upon irregularly, but each time I did it, it had profound effects on my happiness and clarity… and that’s something I would like to maintain as often as possible… so why not practice meditation on a regular basis? Fear? The unknown? Lack of commitment? Well it is time to clean up my act, and maybe yours too. The easiest time for me to settle my mind is before the business of the day sets in! While your eyes are still sleepy, and perhaps you are still partially in the dream state, grab a pillow and slide down onto the floor, propping yourself upright against the side of your bed. Rest your hands on your knees, or have a mala handy to slide your fingers over each bead in rhythm with your breath. Focus on your breath. Count your breath. Slow it down. Feel it fill up your body from the inside out. Allow the attention of your breath to take away from the whirling of the thoughts. Visualize yourself accomplishing your grandest and greatest dreams. See your hands around the wheel of that brand new car. Feel your nose pressed up against the cold airplane window as you fly to Europe or Brazil or Thailand. Listen for the sound of people cheering your name, or maybe whispering it softly into your ear. Whatever visions manifest behind your closed eyelids, don’t fight them, but rather allow yourself to be drawn into this dreamworld as though it were so real it were happening in that exact moment. Stay here however long you want, and when you are ready set an intention for how you want to feel that day. Happy. Energized. Grounded. Present. Productive. Feel it in your whole being as your open your eyes and begin with a freshly renewed mind, body, and soul.
Clear out all of the old, conditioned, restrictive patterns of mind, body, and spirit that are no longer serving you in this brand new year of growth, passion and manifestation. Give yourself the opportunity each day to begin again. One thing I learned growing up was to always leave the kitchen cleaner than when I found it… Imagine doing that for yourself everywhere you go and in everything you do? You’ll be squeaky clean, and sparkling from the inside out before you know it.