Welcome to the New Beginnings Christmas / New Year newsletter. I hope it finds you all doing well.
With Christmas and the New Year rapidly approaching, I’ve been receiving newsletters from various people and sites that I’ve signed up for. There are some amazingly helpful and interesting people out there sharing their knowledge and information with all of us who are interested.
There does seem to be a common theme at this time of year. A theme dealing with clearing away and getting rid of the past, moving into the future and starting the New Year off right. And my newsletter is no exception!
I’ve thought about whether you need to read yet another article about utilizing what you’ve learned during the past year and moving forward and came to the conclusion that yes, we all do. This is something that is important enough to be repeated as often as necessary for it to sink in.
The New Year is symbolic of new beginnings and the Winter Solstice is Nature’s New Year. The perfect time to look over your past year, to remind yourself that new beginnings can start any day and any time. It is also a good time to not only think about what you want to accomplish in the new year, but perhaps even more importantly, what you do not want to bring with you into this new year.
I thought I’d throw a couple of suggestions out there for you to consider. How about leaving Fear behind you and not taking it into the New Year. There are all sorts of fear that can hold us back. Fear of failure and the flip side, fear of success. This is an issue that has held back so many people from reaching the professional goals. What about the fear of intimacy or the fear of abandonment or betrayal that can so adversely affect our relationships.
Think about leaving resentment behind and not taking it into your new year. If you’ve been reading my articles for a while now, you know that I believe forgiveness is absolutely necessary to free your spirit, to allow you to soar and that perhaps the strongest poison to the human spirit and body is the inability to forgive oneself or another person. When I say “forgive” I mean letting go, releasing your resentment, your anger, bitterness, fear and hurt. This doesn’t mean that you say “I lose” or “I was wrong” and it definitely does not mean that you ever have to allow yourself to be put into the position again that caused you to feel the hurt or the anger or the resentment in the first place. But, by leaving resentment, bitterness or anger behind and moving into the New Year with forgiveness in your heart, you will be letting go of your own suffering and your own pain and you will be amazed at the healing that can take place in your life.
Perhaps there is something physical and tangible that it is time to leave behind. Maybe you are ready to leave smoking behind or those extra few pounds that you’ve been carrying around and thinking about. Is it time yet for you to leave the smoking or the extra weight or whatever habit, behavior or pattern that you have been carrying around with you, leave it in your past and not take it with you into this New Year or into your future at all?
So there are a few of examples of what you might want to leave behind you. Now, a couple of examples of something that you might want to take with you into this New Year?
I have found myself thinking recently about courtesy and kindness. I don’t know, is it me or have we become a group of people, as a whole, who seem to have forgotten the importance of everyday gestures of courtesy, kindness and consideration. As you face the holiday hordes and rushed shoppers, overworked employees, over budget consumers and travelers, take a moment and remember the importance of courtesy and kindness. Smile at that poor seasonal salesperson who has been on their feet all day, thank those people who have helped you find what you’ve been looking for, or the person who held the door open for you or someone else who had an armful of packages, wish a stranger a happy holiday, drop a dollar into the Salvation Army bucket, give your seat to an elderly person and just take a moment to breath, to think about what the holidays are supposed to be about. Hug your kid, kiss your spouse, call your mom or dad, keep in touch with your friends, tell your lover how much they mean to you, whatever your situation is, there is someone out there who loves you and needs your love as well. It isn’t all about presents and spending money. It is about caring, courtesy, concern and love. Helping those who can’t help themselves and loving those who are closest to us.
This is also a good time to remind yourself, as you move forward in your life, that it isn’t just about where you want to be, it isn’t just about your destination, your goals; it is about your journey. Think of your life as one long road trip. Enjoy the trip, take those little side roads, go look at the biggest ball of twine or the tallest building or the deepest canyon, stop and enjoy the sunset or the sunrise, or to use a very old cliché, stop and smell the flowers. It really does make this whole process of life so much more fulfilling and fun.
If taking prosperity and abundance with you into the New Year is one of your goals, remember this (which I am borrowing from Elyse Hope Killoran at Project Prosperity).
Key Points for Creating from the Inside-Out
Your outer manifestations always mirror what is going on inside you.
When you change your inner programming, the external results will change accordingly.
If you don't have something that you want, it is because you are not energetically (mind-body-soul) aligned with it.
If you have something in your life that you don't want, it is because right now you are in energetic alignment with it.
Whether you want something that you do not have, or you have something that you do not want, when you learn to consciously shift your energy you will attract totally different results.
The laws of the universe are totally clear and absolutely consistent!
To change your attraction:
1st) Get clarity about what you want,
2nd) Align your energy with it, and
3rd) Commit to receiving it and it will be yours.
Simply knowing something on an intellectual level gives you very little power. When you take a truth and internalize it so that it becomes who-you-really-are on a cellular level, you will radiate that truth outward and your entire experience of life will be changed.
The fastest way to block your efforts to create the life you love is to get caught up in a negative energy spiral. Any action taken from a place of lack (fear, anxiety, poor self-esteem, separation/scarcity consciousness) will be motivated action (pushing fear/discomfort away) and will be counterproductive.
- The fastest way to propel yourself towards the manifestation of your dreams is to: 1) learn the intricacies of the universal laws, 2) consciously line up your energy with what you want and 3) take action (positive, flowing, enthusiastic action) from a place of inspiration (pulling your good towards you) rather than motivation.
Remember, that hypnosis is the fastest and perhaps the most enjoyable method of creating from the inside out. Increasing your chances of success and reaching your goals. Helping you to take control of your thoughts. Hypnosis can help you and every person you know to take back control of your physical health, your emotional well being and your life. You will feel stronger and happier, realizing all the possibilities available to you, all the directions you can go and finally realizing that your life is a journey not just a destination.
And now, a few health tips to keep in mind during the holiday season:
You may be able to help get a handle on high blood pressure by letting bygones be bygones.
In a study, people who generally had forgiving natures tended to have lower blood pressure readings compared to people who were not as forgiving. Chronic high blood pressure is a risk factor for stroke and other serious health ailments. Help your health by putting old grudges aside this holiday season.
Celebrate the health of your colon with a few servings of selenium-rich foods.
Colon cancer survivors who had the highest levels of the antioxidant mineral selenium in their blood were least likely to have the cancer recur, a recent study reported. Brazil nuts, as well as holiday favorites such as turkey and baked ham, are good sources of selenium. Just don't overdo it by taking a supplement - too much selenium can be toxic.
If you're trying to avoid holiday weight gain this season, be sure you get lots of sleep.
Willpower may be a limited resource, much like energy or strength, and researchers speculate that rest may be required to replenish it. Thus, getting adequate amounts of sleep this holiday season may make it easier for you to resist extra servings of high-calorie treats.
Unwind this holiday season by playing some soothing music in the background.
Uplifting music has been shown to help keep stress levels under control. In one study, students who performed a stressful task experienced mood improvements when listening to music after performing the task. Keep the volume levels low to help boost feelings of well-being.
- Are you feeling a bit of post-holiday malaise?
A little extra exercise may boost your spirits. Many people feel an emotional letdown after the passing of a holiday season. However, studies have revealed that exercise is a great way to boost mood or keep negative feelings a bay. In a study, regular physical activity appeared to reduce the risk of both depression and anxiety.
Linda Simmon, C.Ht.
... and a few of my favorite quotes:
"The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating.
The paths are not to be found, but made.
And the activity of making them
changes both the maker and their
~ John Schaar,
a sociologist and professor emeritus
at the University of California Santa Cruz
“The first step of handling anything is gaining an ability to face it.”
“A stumble may prevent a fall."
~ English proverb
“A candle loses nothing of its light by lighting another candle.”
"Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves."
“Always try to be a little kinder than is necessary.”
~ Sir James Barrie
“You can't do anything about the length of your life,
but you can do something about its width and depth.”
~ Shira Tehrani
“Do not run through life so fast that you forget not only where you have been
but also where you are going...”
I hope you have enjoyed this holiday edition of my newsletter and that perhaps you have found some thought provoking piece of information or an encouraging quote.
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I wish you all a happy and joyous holiday and New Year!
Linda Simmon, C.Ht.