We all like our stuff! We tend to hold onto it. Year after year it grows, and we eventually don’t know what to do with it anymore.
Maybe we keep things because they hold precious memories of days gone by, or they remind us of our parents, grandparents, past loves or childhood? To part with these precious possessions seems out of the question. There is a saying that goes, “You have to get rid of the old to make way for the new.” If you are feeling stuck or stagnant in your life, try spring-cleaning. Throw out some of that stuff, say goodbye to your past, and welcome something new.
Try these three ideas.
1. For good mental and physical health, we actually have two “houses” that need to be spring-cleaned: our physical homes and our physical bodies. Just as we accumulate “stuff” in the form of outgrown clothes, magazines, rusty bicycles, tools and random tokens, so do our bodies accumulate old food residues and toxins that need to be cleaned out.
2. To spring clean your body, give it a break from rich and complicated foods by either cleansing or fasting for one day. Cleansing means reduce your food to just simple vegetables and some fruits, lots of water and some high quality proteins. Fasting means limiting most foods and drinking lots of water, fresh vegetable and fruit juices, teas and soups. Without much energy going toward digestion, more energy is available to the rest of your body and mind. Cleansing and fasting can sharpen your concentration, help you gain insight and promote spiritual awareness. It can also bring improved immune function and better digestion. Always check with your health-care provider first, before committing to a fast. You need to ensure there are no signs of digestion dysfunction, otherwise heavy toxins will be released into the body when it is not ready, and is a heavy burden on the body.
3. While you’re cleaning out your body and home, don’t forget to spring-clean your heart. Throw away negative thoughts and habits you’ve been harbouring, that no longer serve you. A clean, open heart will allow you to receive all the good that awaits you each and every day. If your heart and mind are cluttered, there is no room for life’s gifts and surprises to enter.
Take the spring cleaning one-step further, and evaluate how your external environment makes you feel! Leave your home and then walk back inside, and go through each room. Your external environment has a direct impact on how you live, work, and feel every day.
- Notice which rooms or areas that did not make you feel totally delighted or calm? Do any rooms make you feel anxious? List every room or area that doesn’t make you feel absolutely fantastic.
- Write 1–3 action steps you’ll take to improve your external environment and therefore improve your daily life.
I’ve certainly had my fair share of clear outs over the years. It feels great to de-clutter, and create space for something new.
Are you overdue for some spring-cleaning in your home or body?