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This time of year evokes a sense of renewal. The flowers are beginning to peak out of the earth, longer days means more sunshine, and there is a “fresh start” feeling all around. This is also the time of year you may get the windows washed, car cleaned, and closets decluttered.
You’ve probably experienced exhilaration or even a sense of calmness after completely cleaning your home or organizing.
Why is that?
Since everything is made of energy, cleaning and decluttering your physical environment clears away stagnant energy making space for more room to breathe. Ahhhh! What a good feeling.
This time of year is also an oppotunity to go deeper into the idea of decluttering your mind…which is not always so easy peasy as cleaning out the garage!
What does it mean to spring clean your mind?
It means taking inventory of what is and isn’t working in terms of the thoughts, beliefs, and stories about yourself (and others!) you continue to recycle in your head and heart. It’s amazing the “stuff” we hold on to and drag around without even realizing it. Guilt, worry, stress, regret, blame, lack of forgiveness… if your emotional clutter had labels what would they be?
Thoughts literally have the power to lift or deplete our energy and as a result deeply affect our daily experience. If you deisre more joy and peace in your life, take a look at your thoughts. Think of it as a curious examination of what your mind says throughout the day. Awareness of your thoughts/beliefs/stories provides information about what is and isn’t working and is also the first step to change.
So my invitation to you this week is to pick one thought you have about yourself and most importantly ask yourself “what would my life be like without this thought?”
- I am too old to do XYZ…
- I will always have a weight problem…
- There aren’t any good men/women out there…
- I don’t see myself getting the promotion…
- I will never reach XYZ income…
- It’s always been this way for me… things will never change…
- I should just accept it.
- I can’t believe she/he did “XYZ”
- Why can’t she/he just do “XYZ”
Give it a try for the next week. When you catch yourself creating clutter internally, use that moment as an opportunity to question whether that thought is serving you AND if not, what would your life be like at that moment without that thought?
I’d love to hear how this goes for you. It’s truly transformative!