Leave Your Negative Thoughts in 2018
When you have negative thoughts and nurture them by holding onto them, they grow and take over your personal space. They cloud your vision, skew your judgment, shape your attitudes, and probably have a negative impact on others. They can also weigh a ton if you’ve been carrying them around for a while. So why not attempt something that can free you of this burden? Here are five rituals that can help you let go of your negative thoughts. You can certainly start 2019 with a clean slate and a can-do attitude!
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Why a Ritual?
A ritual is a ceremony, no matter how big or small, and it’s a conscious act that marks the importance of something—whether it’s to welcome something into our lives or to let something go. Rituals symbolize the importance of our intentions, not to mention they give them meaning beyond just a passing thought. They also mark an effort to affect change, and in this case, we’ll use rituals to honor the past for what it taught us, vow to let go of what no longer serves us, and welcome in what’s to come. It all starts with being mindful.
1. The Water Ritual
There is a Japanese proverb that is so old it cannot be quoted verbatim with any certainty, but loosely translated it means, “Let the past drift away with the water.” With this in mind, you can create a hand-cleansing ritual that you can do with the intention of washing away things you may be holding onto. You can wash your hands in the ocean or a stream. You can also use your garden hose or even your kitchen sink to wash away your negative thoughts.
2. The Earth Ritual
Get a box (a shoe box, a wooden box or any box you choose) and inside it place anything that is a reminder or attachment to what you’d like to get rid of in 2018. If it’s something in your head, write it on a piece of paper and place it in the box. Then dig a hole in the ground in a place that isn’t likely to be disturbed, and place the box inside that hole. As you mindfully cover it with earth, say what you are letting go of, thank it for all it has given you and put it to rest. I recommend doing this at dusk (the end of the day) and at the Full Moon too, which represents endings. This will give it special significance.
3. The Wind Ritual
You’ll have to do this on a day or in a place where there is substantial wind. However, you can also use an electric fan. Write down the thing or things from 2018 you want to let go of, including all of your negative thoughts too. Then rip the paper into tiny pieces and hold the pieces in your hand. When you’re ready, open your hand, and let the little pieces of paper go. You’re getting rid of the disappointments, challenges, and negative thoughts of 2018.
4. The Fire Ritual (The Full Moon Ritual)
As mentioned, Full Moons symbolize endings. What better time to let something go? Similar to the wind ritual, write down whatever is holding you back or keeping you anchored in 2018. But instead of wind, you’ll be using the element of fire! Burn that paper as you exclaim your intention to let go of what’s written on it. You are giving your negative thoughts to the Universe to handle.
5.The Cutting the Cord Ritual
This ritual can have a significant impact on you and your ability to be free of your negative thoughts. It cuts the cords (attachments) you have with the people and things that no longer have a place in your life after 2018. Make the shape of a pair of scissors with your hand. State what or who you want to cut your ties with and use your “scissors” to cut around the outline of your body as if you were a paper doll. Now you are no longer attached to those negative thoughts, people, and experiences too.
Think and Speak Your Intention
In all of these rituals, it’s important that you not only think, but speak your intention. Call out the challenge, situation, relationship or whatever is holding you back, and thoughtfully, mindfully, and physically let it go. As a final note, after you have completed your ritual, you may want to take one physical step forward and declare your intention to step into 2019 free of your connections to the past and the negative thoughts it contains too. Now you absolutely have the tools for a fresh start!
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