In a time where almost anything is possible with technology and medical advancements, why are so many people feeling stuck? One reason: You may be too caught up reliving the past or planning your future to appreciate what the present moment has to offer. Another reason: You could be carrying unwanted thoughts and conditionings that no longer suit you. When you’re too busy living in the negative thinking of “I’m not good enough” or “Life is too hard” you’re sending messages out into the universe that you are not ready and open for remarkable miracles and opportunities.
Best way to move forward and create new beginnings? A meditation cleansing ritual.
Sit quietly and visualize.
A visualization meditation is a very powerful cleansing tool if practiced properly and mindfully. Find a quiet area and sit cross-legged, palms facing down on the thighs, eyes closed. Begin by imagining a time that you felt low self-worth or a situation where you would like to go back and do it differently because you did not show up as your best self. Hold that vision and imagine how you would’ve liked it to play out. Perhaps you are a little kinder, more patient or confident. As you begin to rewrite the story, see if your breath feels deeper and if the tension you were holding onto is gone.
Use that sense of calm and openness to visualize a new beginning.
It could look like more stress-free interactions at work or not having to worry about money. Really embody what this would feel like mentally, emotionally, and even physically in your body. When you feel more of a positive shift, gently come back to the breath and flutter the eyes open. Practice this cleansing meditation often, especially if you’re feeling fearful of change.
Burning sage is one of the oldest and purest rituals for cleansing, most commonly recognized by the Native Americans. The burning of herbs is said to rid of any negative energy helping to heal the mind, body, and spirit. You can purchase white sage from your local farmer’s market or health food store. While the smell can be very strong, many people find the aroma quite soothing. Before lighting sage, it’s important that your visualization of new beginnings remains present in your mind. When ready to burn, place the bundle of sage into a heavy pot and let the flame linger for a few seconds before blowing it out and letting the smoke flow freely to begin the purification of your space.
Write a list.
Maybe it’s a list of ways you let yourself down, didn’t meet your own expectations, had negative thought patterns or limiting beliefs and then, release it. You can rip it up and throw it in the trash or burn it and affirm what you do want for yourself. This is an offering to the universe—we are releasing what no longer serves us and creating space for what we do want.
Take a bath with Epsom salts.
Detoxification experts label the skin as the third kidney and toxins are released through bathing. Soaking in the tub will wipe away any of the unwanted spiritual poisons still lingering from the sage ritual. Take at least 40 minutes to rest and cleanse. The first 20 minutes work to detract toxins and the last 20 minutes are for the reabsorption of minerals from the water. The sulfates in Epsom salts also help flush toxins and form more protein in your brain tissue and joints, helping your body feel healthier and your mind clearer.