“Cleanliness is a state of purity, clarity, and precision” Suze Orman
There was a metallic shelf in my house, standing in the kitchen which contained all sorts of food including things I dump when I’m too lazy to put them in the appropriate place. And it bothered me, perhaps not enough, but it did. Maybe a little more that day, than other days. So my big mouth spoke about it to my partner, and we took out that one shelf which gave an entire new feeling to the kitchen. That outcome stayed in my mind all day, and also during my daily routine of taking a relaxing bath.
“Cleanliness and order are not matters of instinct; they are matters of education, and like most great things you must cultivate a taste for them” Benjamin Disareli
And now I wonder, what if we took so much care of our minds as much as we did with our bodies and environment? what if we felt unclean when we harbour negativity in our minds? What if it bothered us so much (like that shelf), when we put others down? Or we were burdened when we don’t forgive and let things go?
Can de-cluttering unwanted things from our lives clean up our circle? can we protect our happiness and space as much as we would shield our bodies? can we ….
Yes we can! Cleanliness for me is another form of therapy; one that has worked so well. It’s no wonder some religions see this “cleanliness” as next to” godliness”. In the world we live, It is very easy to have our minds contaminated by the things we see and hear. The question is- which do we absorb? What is clean and unclean? I think the answer for me is now more clear. What does it bring to you? Does it disturb your peace or it soothes your soul? Can you do something about it or can you live with it?
“Begin to see yourself as a soul with a body, rather than a body with a soul”Wayne Dyer
The ritual of “clean body, clean mind” is a matter of balance. But we can start somewhere, perhaps from the physical. Removing our clutters and making space in our lives that can create new possibilities. As the saying goes- “you never know what you have until you clean your closet”. The same goes for the inside; letting go of unnecessary emotions instead of layering them up, protecting whatever brings you joy. And it will radiate from inside-out.
“Leaves fall in fall, they rest in winter, and the space they leave will flourish in spring. S.Bullaert
I hope we find the courage to practice the simple act of “letting go” our accumulations.