Every day is a new beginning. In the middle of the morning on a most challenging, difficult day (which I was creating all by myself) it occurred to me that a day consisted of 24 hours. Did it really matter which hour started that 24-hour cycle? I went back to bed and rested for a while. When I felt calm and ready, I got up and started a new day! It was a life-changing experience for me. I could begin again whenever I wanted and no one had to know but me.
Another time I found a simple and sweet ritual that I could use to heighten my conscious awareness of how I was beginning the day. I am quoting it from a daily email I was receiving at the time from www.dailyom.com and I would love your comments.
Releasing and Welcoming: Energetic Sweeping
Sweeping the front porch every morning is an important cleansing ritual that prepares the ground for new energy.
In some of our lives, sweeping has become an activity performed without much thought. In many cases, sweeping is a lost art, replaced by the noisy, efficient vacuum cleaner. But in several cultures and religions, sweeping the front and back porch every morning is regarded as an important cleansing ritual that prepares the ground for new energy on every level – physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. It is often employed to sanctify a space and prepare it for a ceremony. This seemingly simple action has the power to clear away the old and make space for the new. It stirs up the energy in a place, clearing out the astral buildup that is the natural by-product of the presence of humans.
This kind of sweeping is not about cleaning the area of dust. In fact, the broom doesn’t have to actually touch the ground to be effective. You might want to consider having two different brooms, one you use for cleaning dust and dirt, and one you use for energy clearing. If you are so inspired, you could decorate your broom by carving its handle, painting it, decorating it with gemstones and ribbons, or any other creative adornment that appeals to you. You can make your own broom out of tree branches and twigs, or choose a naturally appearing broom from nature, such as a pine bough.
Sweeping each morning prepares the ground for the new day at the same time as it deepens our awareness of the importance of letting go of the past to welcome the present. As we clear the energy of our space, we clear our own energy systems. In addition, we create a space that feels clean, clear, and open to all who enter. Be sure to think welcoming thoughts as you sweep, manifesting what you need for the day. Making sweeping part of our daily ritual tunes us into the continuing cycle of releasing the old and welcoming the new that is the hallmark of a healthy energy system.
May your day unfold in peace and joy. May you be abundantly blessed for you are a blessing.