Last week I talked about physical disarray, which come about when I keep things that don’t make me happy anymore or store old things that need to be given away. When I was writing last week’s article a sudden *DING* went off in my brain and I had an epiphany… “Uh oh I have mind and soul clutter too!” It can manifest itself in a lot of ways that can sometimes be much worse than physical clutter.
Here are three things I must make a clean sweep from IMMEDIATELY:
1. The Past
“I never look back darling, it distracts from the now”- Edna Mode, The Incredibles
Oh Edna, you could not be more true. Holding onto the past whether it be my mistakes or someone else’s is quite frankly the quickest way to ruin the possibility of having a more joyful life. It’s easy to begin collecting a log of the indiscretions of others and let it weigh on us. Why is it so hard to forgive the indiscretions? Holding on to the negative sentiment gives the illusion of power or protection. However, when I confront the illusion I see that it is far more powerful to let it go. Not to allow someone’s shortcomings to ruin the present reality is the hardest yet most important path to liberation. It is time to cleanse myself of the past and forgive.
2. Self limiting beliefs
Sometimes the more difficult person to forgive is myself. I store events where my limitations were apparent. Over time, they become self-limiting thoughts and fears, which turn into deeply rooted beliefs of myself that expand to many areas of my life...the way I train, the way I deal with my family, even the way I run my blog. Not forgiving my limitations causes us to be paralyzed by them. Simply becoming aware of my fears and shortcomings is the best way to rise above. It is time to let go of my self-limiting thoughts and beliefs.
Just like I throw my crap under my bed, I stuff my emotions somewhere where I can’t acknowledge them. In the moment, I think that the act of feeling is far worse than ignoring it. However, these feelings find their way to the surface and I lash out in a situation that didn’t require such an intense emotional reaction. The art of emoting is important. No matter how irrational they may seem, my emotions should be acknowledged. Giving ourselves that moment to feel helps to move forward without dwelling; ultimately, preventing emotional build up. It is time to recognize and move past negative emotions.
Everyone one of us have mind and soul clutter. Just like physical clutter, if we don’t deal with it in a healthy way, it can become a larger mess in the long run. While it can’t be seen or donated after use, we can free ourselves from taking up space in our lives. What steps are you taking now to make the much needed clean sweep?