Clearing Our Minds For the New Year

Welcome to my blog!

Welcome to my blog!

Let me take this opportunity to wish all my readers happiness, health and prosperity and peace in the year to come. Happy New Year!

By now, most of us are ready to slow it down after a season of eating, drinking and  socializing. It’s time to  resume our routine. While our everyday life may sometimes seem mundane, we often find comfort in its predictability.

Need help to get you on the right path? I came across a very interesting article, “A Mindful Glass of Water: A Physical And Spiritual Flush” by Jeff Cannon in the October/ November 2015 issue of Creations Magazine. Mr. Cannon suggests, “One of the simplest ways to start and end your day, while ensuring you remain on the right path, can be as simple as sipping a glass of water.”

The author of this article uses the glass of water literally and symbolically to help us clear our minds to get ready for the day, and again at the end of the day to insure a peaceful sleep. It doesn’t involve a lot of time, and it’s most likely a simple extension of our regular bedtime and waking routines.

This is how it works. “Physically, a mindful glass of water helps you flush out the impurities you have acquired living in our modern world. Mentally, a mindful glass of water helps you release the stress and worries of your day, so you can literally put it all to bed. It is a reminder that whatever happened, happened. That there is nothing you can do about it except to let the waters work their magic, as you move on to the next adventure that awaits you.”

Mr. Cannon suggests we fill and cover the glass of water with a clean napkin so we may find a gift from ourselves in the morning. “Sip it mindfully. Take a moment to look at the glass as you slow your breathing down…let go of any thoughtsbreathe inbreathe outfeel yourself smile and the calm it creates… . Do not drink it all at once…breathe between sips…remember the mindfulness that is within you… .Think of the glass of water as a mirror for your own intentions… . It will help separate your day from your night, your work from your dreams.”

This practice insures a calming effect. I especially like how the day and night times are separated, almost like turning off a cosmic light switch to accept the day is over and our sleep is a private time not to be invaded by events of the day.

I have put this into practice in recent weeks. Guess what? It works!

Let me know how you do. I’d love to hear from you.

Next week’s blog post: Mindfulness

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