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Reiki Master Diane Lynn Gelinas, M.S.W., C.H.

104 Douglas Drive, Candia, NH 03034
(603) 483-0132

January 2007



Turning Over A New Leaf

Have you ever wondered the origins of this phase?  It is merely an analogy to turning a page - a leaf - in a book.  It implies a new start to something.  It is both literally and metaphorically equivalent to starting with a clean slate.  This time of year everyone is making New Year Resolutions.  I heard someone on television comment the other day and state, "I am making a resolution not to make any more resolutions."  Well, if you think about this statement, what is really being said?  If we stop trying to evolve, grow and behave differently, aren't we becoming stagnant?  If we don't strive for personal growth, we won't meet our true potential and become more self actualized. 

I think it is extremely important that we also are forgiving of ourselves if we have not always made the progress in our goals (or resolutions) that we have set out to make.  I believe there is no such thing as failure unless one stops trying.  The most successful individuals in the world are the ones that have failed the most.  It is because they never give up.  They reevaluate what they did, what went wrong and then try again.  Most importantly they learn from each situation.

Turning over a new leaf should actually become something we do every day.   We need to be kind and gentle to ourselves when we stumble and realize we are going to behave sometimes in a way that is not always mature or wise.  Then just let go of the past and keep moving forward.  Letting go is often easier than it seems, however, once we do so we can truly live in the moment.

David Simon, in his book "The Ten Commitments" gives an exercise about releasing toxic emotions.  He suggests making a trip to a special location in nature where you can be alone.  Once there, gather stones or rocks and place them in front of you.  Sit quietly with your eyes closed and bring your attention to your heart and the situations and people that cause you to feel pain.  Try to summarize each situation with a word or emotion that describes the experience, such as "betrayal" or "guilt".   The next step is to use a marker and write each phrase on the stones.   When you are ready to let go of the feelings, hurl the stones as far as you can away from you.  If you want to scream or shriek at the same time, do so.  Keep doing this until you feel cleansed and free.  You can vary this technique in many ways.  If you are by a campfire you can burn your resentments.  Remember, it is important to let go of the disappointment in yourself as well as others.

Choose to turn over a new leaf everyday.  A new leaf of love, forgiveness, healing, and joy.

 Thoughts for the Month


"Fall down seven times, get up eight times"

Japanese Proverb


"History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed.  They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.

B.C. Forbes


"It is always too soon to quit!"

Norman Vincent Peale



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