February 2nd is most widely known as Groundhog Day. People sit and eagerly await an animal emerging from the ground to determine the fate of the weather for the 6 weeks that follow. What most people do NOT know is that there are a number of different celebrations on Feb. 2nd. Candlemas is one. Feast of the Purification of Mary is another. Feast of St. Brigid, yet another. In Hungary, it is Blessing of the Candle of the Happy Woman (Gyertyazsenteio Boidog Asszony). The list goes on.
They all have to do with purification and renewal. It is tied to a reawakening of the earth and the redawn of life in the soil. It is about new beginnings–fresh, clean beginnings.
Which brings me to the question: how do you hit the “reset” button in your life? How do you wash away the old and start anew? What do you do that renews your self and spirit–purifying it of what you want to leave behind?
When do you clean out your space of the things that are no longer healthy? How do you invoke change? Feel clean and fresh and new?
I think it’s important. There have been countless times in my life where I’ve very firmly decided that I need to make a change; but there was no action involved in “symbolizing” that commitment. I found that when I kind of washed away the old, it was so much easier to start anew. When I threw out clothes that were a size 16–that I hadn’t worn in years–it was easier for me to lose weight. Sometimes, simply the act of cleaning my house–thoroughly cleaning it (like a spring cleaning) has helped me work out some energy that needed to go… and the clean space makes me feel a lot better. Starting a new business or endeavor can be enhanced by clearing out space for the things you will need (or need to use) for that task.
Look around at your life… your environment. What is old, or from your past that is no longer encouraging you. What do you see around you that does NOT make you feel alive? I’m not saying to throw these things out just yet, but pack them in a box for a few months and see how you feel.
Take account of the things in your life that are NOT making you feel alive. Work on getting rid of it. If you can’t feel comfortable completely parting with it, put in a boundary. If it’s physical stuff, toss it in a box. But if it’s a person, start spending some time away from them. Do you feel lethargic? Start small–walk one flight of stairs each day, or around your block.
Take one part of your life at a time, but hit the reset button. Take that part of your life and transform it such that it makes you truly feel alive and encouraged. I can’t tell you what will do that for you. You may not even know. But try to figure it out. Experiment. Find “you” and your happiness.