I am far from being a hoarder or neat freak... I just know it feels revitalizing to “let go…!”
Physical clutter is linked to spiritual clutter. Having physical clutter is tied to our inner world. There are many things clutter big and small says about us. It says we cling to the past, we have shame, a hard time breaking habits that do not serve us, forgiving, self-nurturing,...
Recently, I’ve been cleaning out my living space or doing "luv projects" which some refer to as decluttering. I call it “luv projects” because someone once told me that it was not about “getting rid of stuff,” but rather about moving stagnant energy. So she showed me to release things that I don’t really love to others who might. Now, I only try to keep clothes that I really like. And only if they are in good condition. Otherwise, I learned that I give the message to the Universe that I am okay with damaged goods.
They either support our intentions or undermine our best efforts.
I’ve come to see that the clutter or unfinished projects sitting in my living space remind me constantly about “failure,” a fear of mine. Which is why I was taught to donate items still in good condition to the salvation army immediately or within 3 days.
And holding onto things we don’t use can mean we are not trusting. It is what is known as “just in case” thinking. This type of mindset means I don’t trust the future or Universe. That said, I do keep a basic earthquake-emergency supply because earthquakes are a reality in california and I believe it is smart to be as prepared as possible.
There are many ways we hold onto things. I used to keep things that represented who I thought I was or wanted to be. For instance, I kept my social work books years after graduating as they gave me a sense of identity. Overtime, I recognized that it was a way of feeling better about myself. I am so much more than a degree or what I do for a living.
Sometimes, the more sentimental we are, the more stuff we keep. I am sentimental but choose not to keep birthday and holiday cards. I appreciate them for a little while and then toss them out. It is a habit I am glad I have built. My experiences don’t cease to be just because I don't keep keepsakes. The emotions and memories live on -in my heart and soul’s memory.
re-evaluate commitments to self, others, and pursuits.
I have to be super honest and compassionate to acknowledge fears and anything else that arises as I go through items and memories.
It takes kindness to notice what I have yet to start or what I started but didn’t getting very far with.
It is good for me to “see” how I am expending energy on things that don’t feed my soul. It empowers me to be more realistic about what and how I do things as well as on setting realistic deadlines.
In my post titled: "Soul is qi..state of wonder? " I wrote about how everything is energy. So the more I let go of---the more freedom I feel.
It feels good to clear out what is old, unused, and simply a reminder of the past.
I learn so much each time I look around and see unfinished projects. They serve as cues that I am still a “recovering perfectionist. When I find myself looking away from a project, I admit it is not a timing issue but about believing it is “good enough.” Perfection puts the brakes on creativity and fun. Furthermore, perfection is a controlling behavior that drains energy.
Letting go is health and vitality.
Clearing space is a work in progress. When you live with others it is a process that requires setting boundaries and patience.
Whether the clutter is ours or shared in our space it is energy that blocks the way for new experiences, possibilities, abundance and prosperity.
Post holiday -winter season seems like an ideal time to clear space. As I release emotionally charged objects...I also release mental and emotional clutter.
For me clearing the mental, emotional & spiritual clutter means:
Starting with myself.
I forgive myself for holding judgments of myself and others.
I forgive myself for having hopes that the past could have been different.
What is ready to be healed surfaces and becomes my lifeline.
Forgiveness is a way of life. So even when I thought I had forgiven, I discover there was more harbored…
I uncover layers I had not been aware of....
So, I admit unforgiveness keeps me from learning the lessons.
I gather courage to delve into the layers...and feel my emotions.
I notice if I want to blame or move on too soon.
And so I sit with any remnant of wishing it had been different...
What empowers me is learning.
Then, tears flow…. unexpectedly releasing old pain...I had resisted feeling.
I hold myself as a loving Mother or God. I try to see myself as God sees me.
Then “I”can just be me.
Loving me as I am, is freedom. I look forward to just being me….
Is this why they say forgiveness is the first step on the spiritual path?