What I love about inviting in a new year is that it gives us a natural place to begin anew. As the clock ticked down to 2010, many of us paused, reflected, and made new resolutions for the coming year. This is beneficial, yet, for our intentions to manifest, we have to clear our lives of any unresolved grievances that impede the flow of our energies. This healthy clearing process is an essential element of our spiritual and personal transformation.
As my husband and I celebrated the new year, we reflected on past grievances and how their resolution had transformed us as individuals and as a couple. We thought of an old “Seinfeld” rerun where they celebrate the holiday, “Festivus” which encourages the airing of grievances. We have discovered how important it is not to wait until the end of a year or “Festivus” to clear what stands in the way of deepening our relationship. Also, clearing unresolved grievances does not constitute a free for all to blame, attack, or criticize another. Rather, it is a loving exchange of honest and open feedback. When given in the moment, it keeps us from harboring resentment and supports physical, emotional, and spiritual intimacy.
This clearing process is like skin sloughing off dead cells that accumulate and block the growth of new cells. Similarly, as we let go of any unresolved grievances, we release resentment and open to spiritual growth. When we recognize and release issues as they surface, we can direct our creative energies toward shaping a more fulfilling life.