I’ve always maintained that clutter clearing is way bigger than picking up after ourselves or moving unloved and unwanted possessions out of the house.
At its core, clearing is a spiritual practice of lightening up and letting go.
Most people don’t see it that way because their focus is on the problem – the stuff – not on their relationship to that stuff.
As in clinging.
What most clearing efforts overlook is one key ingredient that takes clearing to a whole new level. It’s called awareness.
Awareness means entering into the clearing experience as a witnessing presence. It means inviting your senses to inform you and allow potential resistance and physical discomfort to arise without judging it.
Awareness is a game changer.
When you insert pure compassionate awareness into any clearing task, big or small, you unlock and release patterns that have been stuck for a long time. It doesn’t matter if you’re clearing a paper clip off a chronically messy desk or moving the entire collection of National Geographics out of the attic. The practice of clearing stuck energy is exactly the same. The more you practice moving one thing or one pile every day, the easier it gets and the lighter you feel.
It’s not everyday that I see a book or an article by someone who makes the same case as I have for years about clearing as a spiritual practice. So when this piece by Geri Larkin came across my desk, I had to share my favorite bits. Enjoy!
“… We have to let go of our stuff. But we don’t, or at least we don’t want to. This is a serious spiritual issue, this clinging. We may be able to give up lovers, Facebook friends . . . even our waistlines, but do not, do not, ask us to give up the three photographs taken of us in 1996 when we looked like Kate Moss on a good day. The trouble is, these things we surround ourselves with can start to drive everything else in our lives. Our technology requires updates. Our works of art demand insurance policies. We need new shelves to hold our growing collection of vegan cookbooks—who knew there were so many good ones out there?
Added up, objects become clutter. Clutter becomes noise. And noise—in all of its forms—blocks spiritual growth, starting with an inability to simply feel happy. Happiness needs quiet. If we watch, we’ll feel its presence when we are meditating, watching the sun set, or maybe rocking the almost sleeping baby. The more noise, the harder it is for happiness to show her face…
… It’s just stuff. The happiest person I have ever known was an elderly monk living up in the mountains of Korea. Everything he owned was in his room: robes, a tea set, a futon, a hat, tea, his sandals. Not only was he deliriously happy, giving off waves of giddy energy, but his room was incredibly beautiful in its simplicity. He allowed sunlight, and moonlight, to act as artists’ brushes, emphasizing one corner now, the tea set later, the sandals another time. We can do this letting go. We can start small, giving up one thing at a time. Maybe we can take a cup of coffee to the homeless man on the corner, leaving the coffee cup behind as a gift. Or we can put something in a grocery bag to drop off at a charity on our way to buy this week’s food. The trick is to simply start.”
–Excerpted from “Close to the Ground: Just Stuff” by Geri Larkin, Spirituality & Health Magazine.
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