It was such an honour to be invited to speak at The Circle Women’s Collective on the topic of De-Cluttering as a Spiritual Practice. I was nervous and excited as I have been involved in The Circle on and off for many years and have always looked up to these amazing women. This was such a rich topic with many gems of wisdom (participants words not mine) throughout the night.
My Thoughts From the Evening
Having a Daily Practice
Do you have a daily practice? This can really make a difference in your day. Whether it is being grateful, meditating, smudging, praying, doing a bit of writing or just being with yourself for a short period of time, this practice will help you to get through your day in a more conscious way. Those who have a daily practice will say that they can tell if they miss it. I have a daily practice of yoga and walking when I can without being attached to my phone, having an awareness of nature and the beauty that surrounds me.
Clearing with Compassion
Not attacking the clutter, but clearing with compassion! Having the attitude of I am going to attack that clutter only gets your adrenalin going and you end up feeling aggressive about the process. Clearing with compassion means that you will not fizzle out so fast. Also, going at your own speed is always the best. I always encourage people to have compassion for themselves for doing this work as it is important, personal work. It is a process that we go through in our own time. We know when we are ready to go through that box or to start to work on that closet. Think about clearing with compassion and awareness of the process, being kind to yourself and paying attention to your emotions.
Letting Go With Grace and Gratitude
We do have a choice and that is that we can struggle with holding on to our stuff, second guessing ourselves about making a decision, leaving it in the donation bag or box by the door where it sits for weeks, maybe months. or We can decide that we will work through these challenging emotions as they come up and let the items go with grace and gratitude. Maybe the item was a gift given with good intention. It is now covered with dust, has served its purpose, it is not being used, we do not love it or need it, it’s just taking up space in our homes and in our hearts. Let it go with grace and gratitude.
Accepting Where We Are Right Now
This is all about just starting where we are now with loving acceptance. We know that clearing out the hard stuff can be challenging. And that is okay. This article might help https://spaceforyou.ca/2014/10/02/letting-go/ Clutter can be all about the past (regrets, happy or sad memories, losses, lost opportunities) and it can also be all about the future as well (worry, just in case I need it someday) We really hang on tightly to these beliefs because they serve us in some way. Clearing clutter needs to be about now. The best place to start is looking at what is going on today. We only have control over what we can do today. So we start from where we are now with compassion and loving acceptance.
Thinking About Our Own Legacy
We know we are not going to be here forever and we need to think about what we are leaving behind for others to go through. Do you want to leave behind memories of what your life was all about or do you want your loved ones to be going through boxes of items that you carried around with you for years and years and never went through. Again, it is your choice. Downsize now while you can. What type of legacy do you want to leave behind?
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What do you do as a daily practice to make space for yourself and your goals? Please comment below…….