24 Things: The Autumn Surrender.

Via Marylee Fairbanks
on Sep 26, 2011
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The 24 Things Clearing Challenge.  Create your inspired future.

Join us on Saturday October 1, 2011 for the second installment of 24 Things. You don’t even have to leave home.

Letting go can be a challenge. We sometimes feel that we are defined by our possessions or are the sum of our experiences.

When you let go and create freedom, whether it be in the home, mind or body, you create a sacred space. Here you can develop the faith that you will be provided for and cherished without the aid of material things.

Make room for your best life.

The Challenge:
Every day, let go of one thing in your home and give it to charity, a friend or the trash can. You can start anywhere you like. You can tend to things in need or repair, clean out one drawer, or en entire basement. Wherever you decide to start, you will be amazed what you uncover about yourself in the process.

How to begin:
Day one: focus on what you want to call into your life, write it down in a journal or post it to a dream wall.
Try to keep it positive. Instead of writing “I want to lose 20 pounds” you might say, “I want a healthier, lighter body that allows me to live with more freedom.
The 24 Things experience allows us to call in what serves our highest potential as the clutter in our lives, hearts and minds falls away.

The Rules:
1: No purchases for the next 24 days. You can only buy necessities. If you see something you want, start a list. If, at the end of the 24 days, you still desire it, then go on and splurge. Chances are you wont even remember what it was you wanted.
2: ONE THING each day. Focus on letting go of one item or group of items each day. A daily practice retrains the mind, redirects the your subtle energy, and establishes a new way of thinking.
Resist the urge to pick 24 items and dump them in the first week.
3: Every day you will either nourish something that serves your highest good or let go of something that hinders it.
3: Share. Log onto The 24 Things and share your thoughts. I look forward to hearing from you.
4: Namaste~


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Other pieces by Marylee:   American MomThe Princess Of Garbage DaySing Out, Clara, and Letter From A Bully.


About Marylee Fairbanks

Marylee Fairbanks is a columnist for Gaiam, elephant journal, My Life Yoga, and Bliss.com, Her essays explore Motherhood and yoga, but mainly focus on her experiences with her young son and the many ways he helps her grow. She is a registered yoga teacher and founder of Chakras Yoga and The 24 Things. She teaches Chakras Balancing workshops and yoga classes. Prior to having her son, she performed in Broadway musicals across the country. Marylee lives in Massachusetts with her husband, son, and dogs. Find her on her website and follow her on twitter.


8 Responses to “24 Things: The Autumn Surrender.”

  1. Ann says:

    Letting go will be easy….not bringing anything in, now that's the hard part!

  2. Tanya Lee Markul says:

    Just posted to "Featured Today" on the Elephant Yoga homepage.

  3. marylee says:

    its actually not so bad! make a list of what you THINK you want and at the end of the 24 days if you still want it then go for it! curb impulse buying

  4. marylee says:

    you are the best Tanya.. thank you so much for the support!!!!!

  5. Jill Barth says:

    Not purchasing, not letting in…that WILL be the hard part. This is a good reminder of the how impermanent that 'buyer's rush' is. We recently moved and I donated a HUGE amount of our possessions. It's very easy to let go of stuff once it gets started.

  6. marylee says:

    Hey Jill
    Its actually not so hard.. i wrote a piece called american mom http://www.elephantjournal.com/2011/06/american-m
    in it i talk about THe Story Of Stuff an how we are manipulated to purchase at all turns..

    practicing a few times each year is a great thing to do.. I hope you will join in even though you let go of a bunch when you moved. maybe there are other things.. like habits, friends, catalogues. even dumping your old emails..

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