Today I’ve continued the task of going through all my belongings. The goal is to get rid of stuff. I’m an OCD kinda guy so organizing calms the quacking ducks. But that’s different than the energising feeling when clearing things away and creating space.
It’s very freeing to remove possessions that have just been piling up, that I’ve not known what to do with, that I wasn’t really enjoying but was holding on to because of sentimentality or some other story. In ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up‘, Marie Kondo suggests holding each item in one’s hands; if it doesn’t give joy then get rid of it. And for those items that don’t give joy but are still difficult to let go of, just thank them for playing the part they did in your life and recognize that its part is over now. For me, it’s a bit like honouring those items and setting them free.
By simplifying my living space there’s more energy to spend in really important areas of my life: sangha, sharing with others, athletics, working out, stretching & rolling, yoga, reading, meditating, quiet time, learning, time in nature…. IOW, just being. My experience is that each and every object in my life absorbs energy because some part of my mind or system devotes at least a tiny amount of attention to it.
In the words of Leo Babauta, “Clear away the distractions so we can create something incredible. Clear away all the obligations so we can spend time with loved ones. Clear away the noise so we can concentrate on inner peace, on spirituality (if we wish), on our thinking. As a result, there is more happiness, peace, and joy, because we’ve made room for these things.”