Dear Reader: Greetings and welcome back! The first weeks of the new year, find me organizing my closet. A feat of no inconsiderable size. Not because I have tons of clothing items, but due to the fact that I store there as well boxes of books and journals, and the assortment of other odds and ends.
A type of activity that I find time-consuming but one that must be done. While I work on this self-imposed chore, my mind wanders. I mule over the fact that I do want a type of “bare minimal” closet space. I start to connect the dots through association of ideas. Old ideas I have had in mind, and some recent. What does bare minimal mean to me, besides the fact of owning only the necessary? I start to think that the phrase implies to me; order, peace, zen! Peace brought about by less chaos.
That to me makes sense on various levels. Disengaging the mind from the everyday chores, will let my brain focus. To be more receptive to the dynamics of family life, spiritual life and creative influx. It makes sense dear reader, that having an orderly home, it will leave off more time to pursue that which we want to achieve. To be able to be there, I mean..really be there for the ones you love and love you back! One of the reasons we suffer from stress, is that we tend to do a bit of everything, without committing or pouring our whole soul into one task at a time. We have so many things to accomplish, that we end up with frayed nerves, bad tempers, and worst! unfinished tasks!
I have gone through the spectrum of neatness, not so neat and sort of neat. Which brings me to the present. Finding the balance.
Now, with some wisdom added to my life belt, I can be objective and realize that in order to function well within and without, balance is needed. It is not something only the super neat have and deserve. Although I must say, it is something that needs to be worked at. Not only in mundane matters but spiritual as well. We cannot be spiritual beings, if the outside life is messy and the mind is a wreck. Like wise, we might look like a million bucks, well put together on the outside, but be a mess within us, in our souls. So it is a matter of balance, after all.
So how to achieve it right? The challenge (and beauty!) for the spiritual practitioner, is that we add just that, a spiritual twist to an otherwise mundane task. It is awesome, that we can add that bit of magic to otherwise everyday tasks and projects. So here are a few ideas that you can implement and you can add even more of your own.
Make space in your home. Move furniture around . Get that energy flowing! Get indoor plants. Create little oasis of mindfulness through out your home. Like mini-altars around your space. An altar does not need to have the whole nine yards to “be” an altar. And there is nothing that says you only need the one altar.
Keeping it simple. Not overwhelming your home with lots and lots of items. Just the needed things that make you happy.
Closets are the most obvious places where negative and old energies nest for a long while. Sometimes just by the simple act of cleaning it and bringing order to it, we open blocked energies in other areas of our lives. Makes sense. If you are organizing closets throughout the home, it is a good idea, as you work through each closet; to take out all of the stuff inside. Give the closet a good cleaning and pass incense. Let it open so that fresh air comes in before you start to organize it.
Thrifting, has become more and more popular recently. Although not something new. It is just that nowadays more people realize, it makes sense to re-use, recycle and re-purpose . It helps charity causes and reduces needless spending in expensive new items. Of course as with everything else you buy (new or used) it is always a good idea to either spray it with a blessing blend or pass a blessing incense around your (new to you if it is used) item.
Give out furniture or clothing (that is in good condition) that you do not need or use anymore to friends and family. You will always find someone who loves what you have. And in return, you can accept items that others offer you. This creates an awesome exchange of energies. Which in turn fills your own life with even more awesome energies!
Make baby-step efforts towards achieving a home where you love spending time and all is where you want it to be. Don’t stress that it has to be achieved within a day or two. That is not a realistic goal. Be kind to yourself and only commit to organizing, fixing, painting, or whatever is it that you want to do on days you have available. Every time you achieve one thing in your list, light a candle, burn some incense, and/or just be mindful and find joy in the order and beauty you are creating in your own life.
Lets face it, we are a consumers. We are not hermits, living a life devoid of needed things. But we have a choice, and we can strive to live a life, in which we don’t have an excess of anything. This is where the balance element is useful. We strive for the mindful life. We live a life where less is more. More space more energies. More energies, more joy, more peace, etc!
It does make sense, from a spiritual point, that an organized home will add balance. It will help to free our minds from the small irritations. It will allow our inner beings to be open towards a more satisfying spiritual/mundane life, and it will open our minds as well, to new challenges.
In the words of Henry David Thoreau “Simplify, simplify!”
Until I write again dear reader, may you find peace within as without.
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