HOW TO BEGIN CLEARING OUT THE OLD TO MAKE WAY FOR THE NEW TO REDISCOVER THE JOY IN YOUR LIFE
“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it”
- Do you often find yourself in a whirlwind of activity or conversely slowed down by low energy or lack of motivation?
- At the end of the day, perhaps you find that your day was so filled with busyness that you’ve avoided or forgotten to attend to what is dearest and closest to your heart?
In the jumble of ideas, things, people and pursuits that call for our attention every day, it’s so easy to lose touch with what is most Entrümpelung Düsseldorf important to us and it can begin to feel as though life is passing us by. This has definitely happened to me. I can find myself running through my day from one task to the next, checking items of my many to-do lists and yet rather than leaving the scene with a sense of accomplishment or fullness, I somehow feel frazzled and tired. Something is missing from this picture but what?
De-cluttering the space in your life
Today, I’d like to invite you to take steps towards de-cluttering the space in your life, both your physical space and your mental, emotional and spiritual spaces. This year I have consciously chosen to make joyful effort a central theme in my life and I would like to invite you along on the journey with me!
Perhaps one of the reasons we usually
Perhaps one of the reasons we usually feel tired and/or frustrated when just “busy” is that in approaching life this way to tend to search for solutions using a linear approach. As Einstein said (in the quote above) in order to resolve a problem, we need to first evolve the level of consciousness with which we approach the situation. So, I think a lot of the time, moving forward in our life and getting UNSTUCK requires that we GROW and that is what I am calling you to do!
The old habitual patterns or ways of seeing and approaching problems simply keep us on a type of merry go round (which may be fun at first but gets old soon enough) bringing us back to the same place again and again. We need to and begin to break free of those patterns and an important step in doing so is CREATING THE SPACE within and without for something NEW to emerge or be born.
You may choose to begin with de-cluttering your office, your living room area or it may be a matter of clearing out some of the ways of thinking or presuppositions that tend to keep you thinking small or turning in circles. The important thing is to be engaged in the process. They say it takes about 21 days to implement a new habit or transform an old one and that means, three weeks of consistent practice, morning and night.
That is why we start with ONE aspect
That is why we start with ONE aspect at a time and so I invite you to choose that one area of your life in which you want to CREATE SPACE for what is really important to you. You will likely find that working on one aspect will impact other areas of your life but to keep focused and assure consistency, we keep our eyes on our initial goal.
Okay, now I’d like to ask you about the goal you may have in mind when you focus on de-cluttering. If you aren’t sure, then I invite you to choose an area of your life intuitively or without thinking too much, say you just feel like clearing space in your bed-room or you’d like to have time to take a walk outside every afternoon.
You may have a goal such as writing a book or project or becoming more fit, or re-orienting the mission of your business. Say, you’ve wanted to write for a long time but the project always seems to be relegated to the “back burner. Perhaps it’s time to clear off a part your desk or your dining room table
You may also need to slot in the time to write every day, even if it’s only 15 minutes to begin with. Many people find it useful to start out their day with the activity that is most important to them so you may want to carve out that 15-30 minutes or more first thing in the morning before you get caught up with everything else you need to do that day or it may work better for you to take extra time during your lunch hour.
De-cluttering is essentially creating the space to listen and yet it is also a commitment to yourself to move forward in the direction of your own choosing. It’s an act of valuing yourself, your time, your environment and ultimately what matters most to you. It starts a virtuous circle in which you become more aware of what you truly value and in which you give importance and priority to your dreams and dearest wishes (you value yourself). So, as you clear the clutter, you will begin to gain clarity as to what you are clearing the space for!
Part of clearing the clutter
Part of clearing the clutter of your mind may be to forgive yourself for not reaching your goals right away and to remember to let go of perfectionism (which only keeps us trapped). If you want to move forward in a way that respects and values who you are and what you want to achieve, you need to be patient and kind with yourself (as that’s what it’s all about). You are ultimately creating the space for YOU because you and your dreams are worth it!!
I’d love to know more about how you approach de-cluttering and what you feel most called to clear space for in your life? What have you found most useful when attempting to create that space and what changes has doing so helped you actualize in the past? I’d invite you to share your comments and your insights below.