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Take a few deep breaths and allow your body to take in all the air that it needs. Imagine your entire body softening.
Begin by thanking the divine for all the gifts in your life right now. Appreciating where we have been is a magical key to moving forward. Every situation and relationship from your past has taught you something useful, and has made you who you are today.
Now notice those things that have outlived their usefulness. What keeps you stuck? What stops you from living your deepest dreams? Recognize the obstacles to achieving the changes that you choose for your life. Begin to make mental notes of all of those things that you are ready to release.
Where are you still holding resentment toward another? Towards yourself?
Let all your fears, worries, doubts, disappointments, and anger surface in your mind... envision them as a muddy stream which flows out of you as you breathe. See yourself releasing old hurts, sadness, imbalance, and injustice in your life from the past and present. Feel them dissolving, pouring out of your body.
Just let them go. Release all the "should haves," "could haves," "if onlys." There are many layers to let go of, so for now, let go of those things that you are able to. Just let them go.
Now see what items, relationships or situations you have outgrown or that need to shift in some way. Take the time to express gratitude for the lessons learned, and then visualize them gently leaving or changing to promote your new reality.
As you free yourself from the past you open up space for fresh, honest relationships and exciting new opportunities to come into your life.
As the old energy flows out, experience a new lightness, feel a new power and vitality entering into your mind and body opening up space for compassion, for forgiveness, for health, for prosperity and success. Invite in those people who are able to respect and honor your growth and change.
Dwell in this new space for a short time, opening your heart and expressing gratitude for the opportunity to grow and move forward. Honor and acknowledge yourself for the courage to clear house and let go.
Now imagine that you can breathe in the qualities that you need for this new part of your life. Breathe in courage to be true to yourself. Just breathe it in. Breathe in patience, discipline, spontaneity, anything that you feel would assist you in this new beginning. See yourself as strong and positive.
In your minds eye, picture what you would like to receive in your life and imagine yourself easily receiving these gifts. Feel yourself radiating with positive energy as you attract new people, ideas and situations.
See yourself joyful and content with this new reality.
Slowly begin to deepen your breaths. Gently move your fingers and toes. Gently begin to turn your head from side to side. Keeping your eyes closed, take three final deep breaths. When you are ready, you may open yours eyes. Many blessings for a "Happy New You!"
Rev. Vic Fuhrman is a spiritual counselor, wedding officiant, and interfaith minister. With a background in radio broadcasting, he has lead meditation classes and retreats for 15 years, and was called upon to share his expertise before the White House Commission on Complimentary and Alternative Medicine. He is creator of EnerVision, a curriculum designed to teach psychic self-empowerment and healing. You can email Rev. Vic at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barbara Biziou, author of "The Joys of Everyday Ritual" and "The Joy of Family Rituals," is an interfaith minister, motivational speaker and a life-strategy coach. Her new DVD program "Momentary Meditations" teaches how to calm the mind while improving focus and creativity. She is a columnist for NY Spirit and Lipman World. Visit Barbara at www.joyofritual.com, or email her at email@example.com.
Barry Goldstein has written, produced, and composed for Warner Brothers films, ABC, Fox, and Lifetime networks. His works have earned him awards in films and reviews in Billboard magazine, Pro Sound News and American Spa Magazine. You can visit Think Big Entertainment to listen to his acclaimed music series "Ambiology: A Musical Journey To Deep Relaxation," (from which he mixed the music for this meditation) and the inspirational "There's An Angel Watching You," or contact Barry Goldstein himself by writing firstname.lastname@example.org.