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21 Days to Change

Day 11: To Reach Your Goals, Give it a Rest

Day 11 To Reach Your Goals Give it a Rest
"Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go."
—Hermann Hesse

Week 2: Courage

Welcome to an easy day of creation, the creation that stems from rest. Yes, "rest."

Often, despite the best of intentions, all of your efforts can leave you feeling further ensnared in the patterns of your old thinking. Sometimes you need to cease with your efforts and just rest. You don't need to seek peace; you only need to create the conditions for peace to naturally arise.

Let the energy flow through you and around you. Accept that your life is already changing.

No matter what you see in your circumstances, give yourself credit for the commitment you have made and kept. Even if you have slipped into old behaviors, please don't be too hard on yourself. Even while changing you may see signs of "your old thinking." Stick with it!

At this point, you already have confirmed and reconfirmed your willingness to change your thought patterns into something more fulfilling. Remember that much of your current circumstance may be the fruit of past thinking. Give your new thinking some room for system-wide adjustment.

"Rest" here does not mean that you stop living, acting or being. It means trusting yourself and your natural connection with the energy in you and around you. Be conscious of your thoughts and actions, without exercising your will over them. Don't fight the old things or force the new. Let it all flow and take shape.

If you only try "letting go" in your mind, it will not be easy. This is why meditation is such a valuable tool; it involves recognizing the mind as a component along with the body, the spirit and even the rest of the universe. The simplest form of meditation for letting go is through movement, but the most effective form of meditation for letting go is probably through breathing. Let's try both.

Remember to make space for your vision for a new you to manifest. A good energetic exercise is to go through your closet and decide what really fits with your new vision of yourself and what doesn't. Keep what you like and give the rest away.

As you do this exercise, you are setting the stage for this pattern in other aspects of your life. This is letting go with a sense of purpose and joy.

You may also try this with your book collection, music collection or movie collection. This process may take more than one day to complete, but it is important to get started.

Wherever you are, first please sit down. You can meditate in any position, but it is best for your situation to be in a position that is both relaxed and alert.

To keep your back straight during meditation you may lean against a wall or pillow.

Pick up your LifeParticle Card (or find a digital version at ChangeYourEnergy.com); take 30 seconds to look at the LifeParticle Sun. This will help you shift your focus to what you want to achieve.

Now close your eyes; take a deep breath and slowly exhale until you empty out your lungs. Relax your shoulders and breathe like this two more times.

Keep your eyes closed and reflect on all of the things in your list. Relax your body and breathe in gratitude for each item.

Begin deep breathing again and with each exhale imagine something disappears from the room. Keep breathing and emptying the space around you for two minutes.

When you are done, shake your shoulders vigorously for 30 seconds to release any remaining tension. Do you feel lighter?

Now you can begin to feel free to release everything you know about your situation and get a fresh perspective.

Now say the weekly affirmation out loud. If possible, look at yourself in the mirror. "I am letting go and accepting change in my life. I trust that all is flowing in accordance with my highest good."

Follow Up
Whether walking, sitting or standing, take time today to practice this technique. Relax your shoulders and take a deep breath into your chest. Keep doing this for three minutes.

Do your best to just "listen" to what comes up in your mind; keep breathing in and exhaling slowly. Repeat at least three times during the day or the next day.

Get the motivation and inspiration to stay on track with your personal goals by taking the 2014 New Year’s Resolution Challenge!

Important Practice Tips
In just 21 days, you can unlock your hidden potential and transform your habits for a more fulfilled life. With a simple combination of daily inspiration, meditation, breathing exercises and affirmations, you can achieve your goals and create the life you really want.

Try to meditate at the same time every day:
Please remember that meditation involves your body and mind. Both will respond best to a consistent practice at a regular time. You will have better results if you do this around the same time every day.

Be patient with the Healing Process:
These 21 days will be process of self-healing. The healing process means that some emotional items you identify and release may seem to intensify as you are releasing them.

Also, there may be subtle physical reactions to the emotional release such as unexpected exhaustion or mild achiness.

This message is not intended as medical advice, so please consult your healthcare practitioner with any health concerns.

Written by Temani Aldine
A man wearing many hats, Temani's background as a lawyer, writer, yoga instructor, lifelong meditation student and polyglot makes communications and marketing a good fit for him. It also makes him a one man Changeyourenergy.com embassy.
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Clean my closet! What a great idea^^ I hold on to things that I don't use or wear, I am definitely creating a lack of circulation around me. As I did my breathing I pictured my closet and breathed out and release something... I felt so much lighter. I also took some much needed rest yesterday and felt like it was the best thing I could have done for myself. I will continue to keep creating and releasing...
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It is a good day to rest and cut myself some slack (forgive myself) for flopping yesterday! Harmony was short lived in the chaos of the day. But today is a new day and another chance to give and Be peace. Beginning each day this way is still such a benefit that I'm grateful for this new habit!
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Yes, the sun rises again, thank goodness! Even in difficult days, there is always appreciation in lessons learned.
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Feeling things fall apart and come together, fall apart and come together. The falling apart is in most instances the coming together! I received an extra task at work which I didn't know how I could possible add to what I am doing. That task may now become the very means by which many others can get done. When I trustcenter in oneness and let it flow, it DOES flow!! How many times in my life have I seen this happen. NOW is time to become it. Yay!
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Well said! I celebrate The Flow with you! Way to go Kathy!
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I choose to focus on making space in my life as I let go of the items that no longer fit with my vision and I will keep the items that do help my vision. I can create better circulation within starting with my closet. I can feel the shift of energy already!
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