As I prepare for the new year, I am taking action to clear old stale energies. I am consciously releasing what isn’t serving me anymore in order to open myself to new experiences and opportunities in 2014. Here are 2 of the methods I used to physically and spiritually release what I don’t need anymore.
The day after Christmas, I took some steps to helping my body digest with this tea recipe. I have seen a pattern in my life of not letting go of the past. One of the ways this has manifested itself physically is a roadblock in my body’s digestive processes. After overindulging and dealing with the typical holiday intensity, I could easily be susceptible to this negative side-effect. Therefore, I took proactive action with an herb blend I knew would help.
Each of these herbs has respective properties that speed & smooth the flow of food and/or soothe & clean out the digestive tract among other gut benefits.
Prep time: 10 minutes
4 cups boiled water
1 tsp. Fennel Seeds – crushed to a powder
1 tsp. Peppermint
1 thumb of ginger – finely sliced
1/4 tsp. Cumin (powder)
1/8 tsp. Turmeric (powder)
1/8 tsp. Cayenne Pepper (powder)
Add-ons: Chamomile, lemon, raw honey.
Bring water to a boil, add all herbs to a pot or tea press, add boiling water and let it steep for a few minutes (covered). Press or strain and enjoy!
Cap it off with an affirmation:
In her book Heal Your Body, Louise Hay draws the connection between constipation and “Refusing to release old ideas. Stuck in the past” and offers this affirmation:
As I release the past, the new and fresh and vital enter. I allow life to flow through me.
A couple of days later I tried out an exercise that was recommended to me by a mental health professional. I had a particular event in my life from years prior that continued to be a source of guilt and shame. I would get crippling anxiety regarding the situation at the strangest times, particularly during mediations, which made it very disruptive. Although I had admitted wrongdoing and had forgiven myself many times, I was still holding on to regret and punishing myself regarding the matter. All previous methods had only managed to temporarily suppress what I wasn’t facing, so I tried a new approach:
I waited until I had privacy and would be undisturbed, drew the curtains, shut the lights, lit a white candle (and another in a Himalayan salt lamp), put on light relaxing music, set an alarm for 20 minutes, took 1 sheet of paper and wrote: “For the highest good of all involved…”
Then I poured my heart out on the page regarding the troublesome matter. I wrote about being wrong and my years of regret. I sincerely apologized to everyone involved. Anything that came out about the situation was written on the page. Once I finished one page I flipped the paper over and continued writing. Once that page was full I flipped back to the original page and wrote OVER my original words. I continued this process until the alarm went off.
I could have stopped, but I had more to say, so I set the alarm for another 15 minutes. Soon enough the alarm went off again, but I still wasn’t finished. When all was done It was a total of 45 minutes and my paper looked like this:
Then I took the paper outside and set it on fire. I watched each word, every last burning ember of regret go to the wind as ashen nothingness. I was overwhelmed with emotion. I couldn’t believe 1) How much shit I had been carrying on my back regarding the pickle I got myself in 5 years ago. 2) How ,simultaneously, I was drained and re-energized from the exercise.
To help clear out any remnants still lingering I smudged my room with sage and felt the sweet relief sink in.
What I picked up from the exercise:
We are supposed to learn from our past mistakes not be imprisoned by them. The only influence we have in our present regarding our past problems is the degree to which we let it affect us. I get to decide what I bring to this moment and that is a very liberating concept for me.
What are you doing to release what isn’t serving you anymore?
Here’s to a happy, productive, abundant, and loving NEW YEAR!
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