3 Easy Steps to a Clean Heart
Live your life from your heart. Share from your heart. And your story will touch and heal people’s souls. ~Melody Beattie
Most of the time we go through life looking for the best in things, trying to put the past behind us and while it’s important to see the good and beauty in life, it’s also critical, every so often, to really clear out and release those hurt feelings that we might have been a little too quick to sweep under the rug.
One of my favorite sayings comes from Carl Jung - What you resist not only persists, but will grow in size.
The more we resist dealing with our feelings and emotions, the larger they become. The heart is a huge muscle and has an enormous storage capacity. Often times our emotions, feelings and memories can get lodged without us really being aware of them.
If you’ve ever found yourself getting (what seems to be) irrationally angry or emotionally upset at something (seemingly) innocent, you probably need to do some heartkeeping.
Here are 3 easy steps to help you clean your heart and your emotional life:
Find a quiet place for yourself. Outside under a tree or inside with a candle lit. Make sure you won’t be interrupted and feel comfortable in the space.
All healing is first a healing of the heart. ~Carl Townsend
2. Hurts or Anger
Ask yourself what hurts or anger you are holding on to that are bad for you. Sometimes this can be quite suppressed. If you find yourself telling yourself that you shouldn’t feel this way, that’s a good place to start. Really ask yourself what hurts, wounds, anger, fights, unkind words you’re still holding onto.
Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools. ~Albert Einstein
Forgive yourself & those whose words you’re still harboring. This can be the challenging part. It’s helpful to journal, writing out your feelings, perhaps in a letter to the other person or yourself. You can also use crayons to process your feelings, or some quiet meditation to really forgive and release.
The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world. ~Marianne Williamson
These hurts, wounds and unkind words add up, they can get lodged in the crevices of your heart, dimming your shine and brilliance. By acknowledging what has been occupying space that does not allow you to fully shine and actively forgiving, you become able use your heart to its fullest potential, ready to supercharge your best year yet.
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This article was written by Ellen Ercolini, CPCC. Ellen is a Career and Life Coach dedicated to helping you figure out your life passion and purpose, so you can have the profession (and profits!) you want. Learn more about her and her work over on The Creative Giraffe or connect with her on facebook or twitter.