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Fresh Start Meditation

Fresh Start Meditation

We have it in our power to begin the world again.
–Thomas Paine

Self-acceptance is essential to our physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being. One powerful way to practice self-acceptance is to let ourselves begin again whenever we need to. Like the snake, we can shed the old skin and be green again, letting go of the past instead of carrying it around with us.

This simple, short meditation is designed to help you let go of whatever mistakes you have made and whatever wrong was done to you by other people, and allow a fresh start.

Here are the easy directions:

Give yourself about 10 minutes for this meditation. This can be done alone, with a friend, or in a group.

1. Sit in a chair with your feet on the ground. Breathe and relax, bring your awareness into the moment by feeling your breath in your body. Ground yourself by imagining roots coming down from the soles of your feet, reaching down into the earth. Imagine those roots drawing nourishing earth energy up into your body.

2. Now imagine in front of you an image of yourself. Breathe naturally, without effort. . . Now imagine a skin around your body that is ready to shed. Continue to breathe and imagine without effort. . . Notice what this skin may be made of. Ask the skin to give you images and thoughts of what it represents–maybe an old relationship, a negative attitude, last year, an embarrassment, a fear. . . Take a few minutes to let these images and thoughts appear. What will be shed with this old skin?. . . Now take a deep breath and imagine yourself shaking off this old skin. Just let the skin fall off. . . Let the gravity of the earth help it down off of you, falling in scraps around your feet. . . Feel all the negative memories of this skin fall away from you too. . . Now see an image of yourself, free of the old skin and standing before you, smooth and new. . . ready to begin again. Have this image come to you and cover you, so this new green energy body surrounds you. Breathe and sit in this new, spring green skin.

3. When you slowly open your eyes, take a few minutes to journal your experience. What did you shed in the old skin? What did you feel as the old skin was shed from your body and you saw yourself green and new? What does it mean for you to begin again, now?

Read more: Spirit, Exercises

Adapted from Teen Psychic, by Julie Tallard Johnson (Inner Traditions, 2003). Copyright (c) 2003 by Julie Tallard Johnson. Reprinted by permission of Inner Traditions.
Adapted from Teen Psychic, by Julie Tallard Johnson (Inner Traditions, 2003).

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10:09PM PST on Feb 3, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

10:09PM PST on Feb 3, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

10:09PM PST on Feb 3, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

6:27AM PST on Nov 22, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

6:50AM PDT on Nov 3, 2012

Thanks for information

12:47PM PDT on Aug 25, 2012


1:54AM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

great article

5:07AM PDT on Jul 13, 2011

Thanks for the article.

6:11AM PDT on Jul 10, 2011

Thank you so much! Gonna give this a try!

5:12AM PDT on Apr 1, 2010

I'm going to try this. Thank you Annie!!

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