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Living True: Practices for the New Year.
by Marla Dee


In these fast-paced times, it is easy to forget that I am in charge of my life. I am the one choosing who and what gets my attention. It is not my family, my boss, my country or the world that determines my path. It is up to me. The beginning of the year is a wondrous time to reconnect with my center and create practices that will support me living true to myself. I believe the simpler the practice, the better.

Here are six simple guidelines to reclaim your space, your day and your precious life in this New Year.

Reclaim your space

Simplify. This year choose just one small, one medium and one large project for each season. For example, your purse (or wallet), the kitchen counter and the bedroom. I constantly talk with people who are carrying the stress of all the clutter—of “too much to do”—all the time. The lists keep them awake at night and rob them of their health and peace of mind.

By consciously choosing which projects you will take on, you allow yourself to release all the others. They can wait. Also, each season has its own energy. You can tap into winter and ask what projects would feel good to do now. The garage will still be there in the spring and your body will be happier about tackling it then.

Honor your bedroom. The bedroom is the most important room in your home. You spend more time there than anywhere else. The purpose of the bedroom is healing, rest and intimacy. Yet, this room often becomes the dumping ground for clutter or distractions.

The beginning of the year and the winter season is an ideal time to transform your bedroom. It is time to make it a place you love to be. Remove all paper, technology (especially TVs and computers), clutter, projects and storage items. Take time to ask yourself: How do I want it to look, feel and function? What colors, textures and furniture do I want? It’s wonderful to wake up surrounded by beauty and end the day nurtured by your sweet space.

Reclaim your day

Choose the top three each day. The simplest and most powerful way to reclaim your day is to take 5-10 minutes in the morning and ask: What are the three most important things for me to do today? These are the three things that only you can do and that you know in your heart and gut are most important. Write them down on a 3×5 card, your smart phone or a post-it note. A shift happens in the physical plane when you write things down. Then do the three things first. Give them your commitment and attention. Ask the Universe to support you.

Open and close your day. Commit this year to consciously taking 30 minutes in the morning and evening to open and close your day. Rather than diving into action the moment you open your eyes or collapsing into bed when you are exhausted, take time to transition your body, heart, brain and spirit. Follow the natural cycle of Earth. The sun slowly rises and then sets. You can create your own rituals. A morning cup of tea and sitting quietly while your body and brain wake up is a heavenly way to begin your day. Soft jammies, a comfy chair and a good book make for a divine ending no matter what age you are. What do you want? Make a list of your possible rituals and try them out.

Reclaim your life

Get a buddy. Change and growth aremore fun with a buddy. Commit to getting together at least once a month for a year to help each other. Choose the project that would mean the most to you and be amazed at how much more you get done as a team.

Choose a theme. Stay connected with your self throughout the year with a single word that holds your intention. (Examples: trust, hope, play, action.) Then enjoy noticing how the Universe makes this real for you.

Your life matters in this world. Your thoughts, words, actions, ideas, heart, healing and being are unique. Make 2016 the year you get to know yourself better (or again).

Marla Dee is the creator of the Clear & SIMPLE Way to clear the clutter of your past and get organized at last.

This article was originally published on December 30, 2015.