I don’t really celebrate Easter, but I can definitely appreciate the festivities associated with the holiday. Who doesn’t love bunnies, hunting for eggs, lilies, candy, candles, and pastels? We all associate these things with Easter. Plus, I just learned that butterflies are an important symbol for Easter since the butterfly life cycle symbolizes the life of Christ. I learn something new everyday! You can read more about Easter symbols here.
I’m a big fan of butterflies because to me, they symbolize transformation and growth from a dark place of struggle, self deprecation, and entrapment into a beautiful, free, and happy spirit. I love butterflies and what they represent that I used a butterfly about to take flight as my logo. I believe all people strive for transformation and growth which starts from within, and not from outer circumstances. The ultimate goal that each individual unique person aims for in their lifetime is happiness and a connection with their own soul. That’s an inside job and everyone takes their own journey to get there. So, what does this have to do with Easter? Easter is associated with rebirth and renewal which means clearing out any emotional, negative clutter inside yourself and letting it go in order to allow new people and things to enter your life – essentially restoring and rejuvenating yourself to become the best version of you. Here are my tips and suggestions for how to start that amazing journey.
If you have been holding on to hurt, guilt, and anger from something that happened in the past, it’s time to let go of the struggle. Forgive others who caused you pain or who you have hurt, but more than that, forgive yourself. Let go of the grudges and the negative feelings you’ve been holding onto for a long time so you can move forward with your life. More importantly, let go of anything that no longer serves your highest good. You will feel like a heavy burden has been lifted from your shoulders and you will feel so much freer when you release the deeply held negative feelings you’ve had and just forgive. I’m also learning not to take things personally to the best of my ability. If I meet a stranger who criticizes me or I meet someone who is rude to me, I stop and take a step back because it’s never about you. It’s always about the other person and anything they say or do is truly a reflection of who they are and what past experiences, pain, hurt,or anger they are projecting onto you. It may not feel good when they treat you negatively, but if you don’t take it personally and realize it’s more about them and not you, it helps put things into perspective.
I liken clearing physical clutter with clearing emotional clutter. Getting rid of clutter can be very meditative as you work through removing items that you have been holding onto which I believe translates to letting go of grudges and resentments you’ve been desperately clinging onto. For example, if you have tons of clothes with the price tag still on that you have never worn (like a lot of people I know), why keep it? If it’s been hanging in your closet for 5+ years, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll decide to wear it one day, so there’s no reason to hold on to it. Let it go. Clearing out clutter helps inspire creativity, energy level rises, your health improves, and you gain mental clarity on who you are and where you want to go. I would start small with a corner space, office desk, or a closet. Take an hour each day and go through your stuff. Keep items that truly bring you joy. If you look at something and it makes you smile, it’s a keeper! Before you know it, you’re ready to go bigger and clear clutter in your entire home.
Treat yourself the way you want others to treat you. That means learn to love yourself more than anyone else in the world. If you need guidance, try affirmations. Talk to yourself positively while looking at yourself in the mirror. Tell yourself you love yourself, that you are an amazing person who has so much to offer the world, that you are beautiful, talented, and brave. Treat yourself to something nice every day – whether it’s your favorite dessert, a drink at Starbucks, a movie night out, or giving yourself flowers. If you see something that you want to get, just buy it if you have the financial means to do so, of course. Don’t hesitate. If you treat yourself well, you’ll start attracting people and situations who treat you the way you deserve to be treated. You will start creating positive opportunities for yourself.
Spend time in nature whether it’s going on a walk by the ocean, hiking with friends, or running in your neighborhood on a sunny day. Being outside in nature helps clear the many thoughts running around in your mind all day long that can cause anxiety, confusion, and stress. I like to go for a walk or run at least once every day. It absolutely helps me clear my mind and being outside by myself can inspire me to come up with creative ideas for a design project or how to solve a problem that I have. You can also bring nature indoors. Place a bouquet of freshly cut lilies on your coffee table, bedside table, or entryway console. Incorporate lavender plants, succulents, and cacti in your home or office. Flowers and lavender not only smell great but also helps create a soothing and relaxing environment while lowering stress levels.
Try New Things
To make changes in your life and really grow and transform as the unique individual that you are, you have to get outside your comfort zone. Try new things. It can be as simple as trying a new dish at a restaurant you always go to. I know people who order the same thing every time. Or, if you always stick to white or black clothing, try a different color like blue or green. Try patterns instead of solids. Splash your walls in a vibrant eggplant instead of gray. Whatever it is, try something new. You won’t know if you like something if you never tried it right? Plus, it’s not the end of the world if you decide you didn’t like the new thing that you tried. If you’re like me who is an adventure seeker, (I like activities like paragliding in Turkey or scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef), do something big that will help you overcome your fears. There is nothing more rewarding and thrilling then tackling your fears and conquering it. You’ll feel like you can do anything and you CAN. It’s so worth the effort. You just have to try new things even if it’s scary. You have no idea what you are capable of until you give it a shot!
Easter isn’t just about bunnies or eggs. It’s meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal and a new life. How will you restore and rejuvenate yourself to become the best version of you?