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Claim Your 2024 Fresh Start – 5 Steps To Release The Past So You Start Your New Year Right

Written by: Yalini Nirmalarajah, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.

Executive Contributor Yalini Nirmalarajah

As we approach the end of the year, there's a collective yearning to cast aside the weight of challenges and hardships from the past twelve months. So, in the spirit of embracing the fresh start you deserve in 2024, let’s explore five simple, yet powerful ways to liberate yourself from the baggage of the past, ensuring it doesn’t linger into your new year.

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1. Purposeful reflection

The journey through 2023 was challenging for many and it can be tempting to fixate on your perceived failures or unmet goals. However, dwelling on these aspects only keeps you tethered to the past. Instead, infuse purpose into your experiences by exploring lessons learned. What did the challenges teach you? How have you grown? Dedicate a few moments to writing down these reflections to reframe your narrative. Your evolution involves recognizing your resilience and growth—a transformation much like a diamond, forged under intense pressure. This means that your setbacks are not stumbling blocks but stepping stones toward a more radiant future.

2. Creative expression for emotional release

Challenges bring forth emotions that seek expression. But this doesn’t always necessitate serious and intense therapy sessions. Healing can also occur through play, and channelling your emotions through creative avenues can sometimes be the alternative outlet you require. So, pick up some coloured pencils and let your intuition guide you. Whether it’s furiously ravaging the page with words or scribbles to set the trapped energy free or drawing something artistic (or perhaps even one morphing into the other), you innately know what to do. Let creativity be the brush that paints over past struggles, providing a fresh canvas for renewal. This process allows you to reshape your narrative and creates space for new beginnings.

3. Mindful farewell ritual

Commence the new chapter by symbolically ending the previous one. Create a simple yet powerful ritual to bid farewell to the past. Write down the challenges and setbacks you experienced during 2023 on paper, and then ceremoniously burn it for release. As you watch the paper burn, visualise the weight of burdens lifting, setting you free. This may seem simple, but it can have a profoundly liberating impact on your spirit.

4. Self-forgiveness as an act of compassion

Grant yourself the compassion you inherently deserve by acknowledging that perfection is not the goal. You’re human, not a robot, so it’s okay to breathe, it’s okay to have ups and downs, and it’s okay to loosen the grip on control.

To support you with this, write down the beliefs you hold around your perceived failures or shortcomings. Refer to this list of beliefs as you recite the following meditation prayer:

"Higher self, guide me to the source of my feelings and thoughts about [insert your beliefs]. Infuse every cell, atom, and fibre of my existence with divine love, transmuting and perfectly releasing these old beliefs.

Grant me the grace to forgive myself for these misbeliefs.

Support me in forgiving all people, places and circumstances that contributed to my feelings, and thoughts.

Cleanse my aura until it radiates with only pure love and light as I move forward on my path of healing."

Sit with this process, until it feels complete for you, allowing self-forgiveness to bring about inner healing.

5. Vision boarding your future

Shift your focus towards a brighter future by creating a vision board infused with images and words representing the joyous 2024 you aspire to live. This forward-focused visualisation is a powerful tool for manifestation, guiding you towards a future filled with possibilities.

Embrace these 5 steps steeped in self-love: the ultimate luxury. May it help you realise that you are not defined by the challenges you've faced but by the strength with which you have risen above them. As you journey toward the new year, know that you deserve to carry lightness in your heart. You are enough and you are worthy of the opportunities and joy that await you.

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Yalini Nirmalarajah Brainz Magazine

Yalini Nirmalarajah, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine

Yalini Nirmalarajah, a global Self-Love and Relationship Coach, empowers women to reclaim the source of their light—their feminine essence and intuition. In societies where women are taught to be more like men, her guidance helps women overcome this false conditioning so they can heal from the trauma it’s created, reconnect with their emotional bodies, and live authentically from their hearts. Inspired by this mission, she launched the Lead From Love Podcast.

Founder of The Yalini Experience, Yalini has qualifications in Psychology, and a Masters Degree in Social and Political Science. She is a certified Master Practitioner in Hypnotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), and Timeline Therapy. Her expertise extends to post-graduate training in Rebirthing Breathwork, Iridology, Sclerology, Health, and Wellness. Yalini is dedicated to continuous development to provide the highest quality care for all her clients.



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