Spring Cleaning: Day 5


#5 Meditate

Because of how crazy life can be, many people forget to tap into their minds and reflect on their lives.  It’s important for you to set aside time for evaluating your past, your present, and what you want your future to be like.  You need to meditate.  Be by yourself for a little bit and just think about everything and what you can do now.

You can’t change the past.  What’s done is done unfortunately; however, you can still learn from it.  If there are some things you’re not so proud of, what did you take from it?  There is always something to be learned and a positive can always be found within a negative.  Don’t let that not so great experience have been in vain and grow from it.  If there are things from the past, that you think were good experiences, then how can you repeat them?  How can you use that same pattern to further yourself now?  Use that positive as a guide for what you should do now.

Look at your life now.  How are you feeling right now?  If you’re in a happy place and you feel like you’re doing what you need to do, then continue in that same direction.  You seem to be doing something right.  If you’re not so content with where you’re at (physically and spiritually), then it’s time that you correct what isn’t right.  If you need a change, then make that change, but before you do, make sure that the change is necessary and is being done for the right reasons.  Don’t do something drastic out of impulse or spite because then you’ll be the one getting screwed over.  Seriously think about the changes you want to make and then commit to them.  Put everything you have into making yourself happy.

Imagine where you want to be in five years… not ten.  That’s too far away for you to even consider.  Now, outline in your mind what you need to do, so that you reach your goal.  Start developing your foundation now before it’s too late.  Never waste time on something that won’t help you in the long run.  If it doesn’t help you move forward, then it’s only pushing you back.  So, always have that image of where you want to be in your mind and never forget it.  That is what you want to reach, so always move toward that.  Tweak your image if you have to, but remember that the less committment you have for something, the less spectacular it will be.

Take some time to think about everything that makes up your life.  Determine how you feel about your life and make a decision on how to make it better.  You need to always have some time for yourself, away from the influence of others.  It’s your life, so you need to have an honest perspective on it and you need to be fair to yourself and decide what you need to do to keep moving forward.


About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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