Journal Entry #1: Decluttering For Mental Peace
Epiphanies aren’t always grandiose, that’s what I learned over this past month. Sometimes it’s just that feeling gnawing at you, telling you that something isn’t quite right. Or even feelings of angst, unfulfillment, and imbalance. Well, I kept having these feelings and though I can’t really explain it in words, I knew exactly what I had to do: I needed to declutter. For me, decluttering isn’t just about throwing out old or unused stuff. It’s a total cleanse – mental and physical. It’s about ridding myself of everything that “was” to start making space for “what is to be.”
Sometimes, we cling dearly to things, people and situations we have long outgrown, and this keeps us from growing any further. I realized that I was doing this to the point where I felt stuck. No matter how hard and fast I tried, I couldn’t seem to move forward. Then I realized I just had to let go and slowly but surely, I did. I started decluttering.
I strongly believe that the things we allow to penetrate our minds has the power to influences our thoughts, and our thoughts then manifest into our realities. When we constantly consume negative content and surround ourselves with negative people in negative environments, the negativity becomes our reality. In the words of Wallace D. Wattles, “When you see the world as declining towards its end, you cannot see yourself as advancing.”
When I made the decision to mentally declutter, I began enhance the positivity in my life by reading and listening to positive personal development material for a minimum of 30 minutes everyday. This lowered my negativity threshold and enabled me to start looking at things from a completely new perspective. Overall, I’m a much nicer person to be around. I smile and laugh a lot more now because I’m happier, and most importantly, I’m a lot more understanding of my own shortcomings and those of others.
By focusing on the negatives around us, we attract more of them to ourselves. And the reverse is also true: by looking for and focusing on the positives around us, we in turn attract them. Tried, tested and proven: like always attracts like.
Equally as important as the content we allow to enter our minds is that which we allow to enter our bodies. This isn’t limited to just the food we eat on a daily basis, but our overall physical well-being: a balanced diet, restful sleep, daily physical activities, and simply listening to our bodies.
Well, I wasn’t doing any of these and when my body told me it was time to rest, I usually responded with, “Just one more hour, please.” I pushed my body to its limit and the price I paid for this mistreatment was costly: frequent migraines, flus and cold, a serious burnout, and more.
Too often we ignore our bodies when it tells us to start doing something we aren’t, or to stop doing something we are. Ultimately, we are the same ones who end up paying the price, and it can be expensive. I had to learn this the hard way.
Whenever I feel overwhelmed with anxiety, I start cleaning out my drawers. I did that recently and wow! There was so much clutter! Things that didn’t mean anything to me anymore; things that reminded me of some hurt I experienced; things I held on to “just in case” – they were all just sitting there. I was holding on to too much of the past, and I decided to get rid of them ALL and declutter my home.
By the time I was through, I had accumulated 6 huge bags of “stuff” to give away; clothes, shoes (I’m probably going to need therapy for this), books, toys I’ve had since I was 5 years old, appliances, furniture, and the list goes ooooon. *whew!*
I truly believe that all the “stuff” we cling to have their own energy – both good and bad, and it felt therapeutic to rid myself of so much. Now, my home feels a lot lighter but the best part is knowing that someone will be able to benefit from things I previously had just sitting around.
While a physical cleanse is always great, a spiritual cleanse far supersedes it. In my experience, mentally decluttering by ridding myself of negative situations and people is a great feeling.
People and situations are sources of energy, and energy is easily transferred from one to another. It’s kind of similar to how you can’t help but feel despair when you see or hear certain stories in the news, or how you can’t resist feeling cheerful in the presence of a happy, squealing infant. You absorb their energy. In that same way, the negative energy of those around us can be transferred. The weird part is that more often than not, this energy transfer rids them of their own burden, but usually leaves us with the angst, trepidation and despair that they were experiencing.
As much as I enjoy helping others, sometimes it’s best to step back – or just let go altogether. Spiritually decluttering and eliminating negative situations and people from our lives is one of the best thing we can all do for our own well-being, which should be of utmost importance to each of us. After all, we can take care of others only by first taking care of our own selves.
My decluttering exercise made one thing very clear to me: we cannot be whole, in part. Living abundantly in only one aspect of our lives, and not in all others still makes us incomplete. It is not possible to do only some of the things necessary to function well, while expecting to enjoy the full benefits of our half-hearted actions.
We cannot be whole, in part. Living abundantly in only one aspect of our lives, and not in all others still makes us incomplete. Click To Tweet