The Junk Heap That Heals
How many of you have heard the term emotional baggage? That's
the negative notions and emotions we carry around with us. Some
people try to justify it with statements of a dysfunctional
family. Others blame poor schooling. Fate gets a bad name too.
As I was going through one of my folders on self-esteem, I
rediscovered an article published by Sunshine Magazine in
September 1990. If I like an article, it gets clipped or copied
and I actually have a good filing system for all sorts of
topics. I've had a couple of issues in my life recently that I
need to dump so this article caught my attention. The old saying
of teaching what you most need to know is so true. Perhaps it
will help you or someone you know. It was taken from the
Kleinknecht Gems of Thought Encyclopedia.
"Good, like truth, is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
In addition to doing a good deed, junk something every day. Junk
your fears, junk your worries, junk your anxieties, junk your
little jealousies, envies and hatred. Whatever interferes with
your getting up and getting on in the world - junk it!
Every night before you go to sleep, put upon the junk heap all
your disappointments, all your grudges, your revengeful
feelings, your malice. Junk everything that is hindering you
from becoming a big, strong, vibrant character.
The trouble with most of us is that we have no junk heap of this
sort. We pull all our mental enemies, all our handicaps, our
discouragements, our losses, our troubles and worries and trials
along with us every day. That consumes more than 50 percent of
our vitality and energy, so that we have only the smaller amount
left for the great task of making our lives a success."
BUILDING UP or TEARING DOWN
The second item I'm sharing are excerpts from an article written
by Michael Angier who publishes The Success Digest e-zine and
hosts the site named successnet.org. This material was in the
August 7th, 2000 issue.
"It would probably be fair to say that most social problems are
the result -- directly or indirectly--of someone's low
Not too many years ago, I was going through a dark time in my
life. So what changed? Was it outward circumstances? Did my
environment change and with it my inner experience? No.
Somehow I knew that for things to change it would have to be me
who would have to change. It would be an inner transformation
that would eventually alter the outward experience. Some of the
things I did unconsciously. Others were done with deliberation."
Mr. Angier goes on to state that he removed himself from people
who had been critical and found he gained a better perspective.
He read books of inspiration which gave him hope. He saw a
therapist. He focused on his strengths, talents, and knowledge.
When he felt negative thoughts coming on, he'd redirect his mind
to something else. No more pity parties were indulged. He kept
busy, not knowing what his future would bring - he took one day
at a time.
"And each day I did what I could to clean up my messes, make
things better, keep my focus forward instead of backward and
keep the faith. It was my faith in Universal Spirit that helped
me get through this 'winter of discontent'. I believe that
everyone has a unique purpose and I was determined to discover
mine. God doesn't make junk."
Michael ends the article with this: "You're either building
yourself up or tearing yourself down. There is no status quo
when it comes to your self-image."
I hope that these two pieces have opened up your thought
patterns and will encourage you to release negativity, junk, or
emotional baggage you may be harboring and lugging around.
Release it into your visualized nightly junk pile, or write it
down and then burn or rip to shreds the piece of paper, or go
outside and vent it verbally while letting the breeze carry it
away. May you find peace and increased energy.