Well, it is that time of year when all of the dreaming pieces that have been incubating during winter are now set to germinate and grow in spring. I’ve always thought that there was a brilliant sort of wisdom to doing “spring cleaning.” Today, I experienced that while cleaning my kitchen and clearing out the cupboards in my washroom. As I cleaned, organized, and recycled, I found myself learning lessons about life and my journey at the present time.
Here’s what I learned:
*Sometimes when there is grimy mess that has been around for a while, you need to scrap the cream cleansers and use an abrasive. Stuff that has been there a long time is sometimes easier to take off in layers. If you scrub too hard, you ruin the original form. If you scrub too gently, it takes forever to remove. Finding the right pressure and gently teasing it away is sometimes the better option than doing a blitz. Routing out the patterns and beliefs that don’t serve me works better if I slow down and take my time. I don’t need to bulldoze through my life and solve all the problems at once.
*So I cut myself while washing the kitchen sink. I asked myself, “What does this mean?” Well, sometimes what is required is blood, sweat, and tears to bring something new to form. In short, passion, heart and willingness are needed to bring about a dream. It was also a reminder not to throw everything out with the kitchen sink. The things I have learned on my path and the tools from the past have their value still- even if I don’t use them as often as I once did. Everything contains wisdom and a kernel of truth.
*It can be harrowing taking old stuff out of its little hiding places (closets, under beds, hidden drawers). Seeing all that crap that’s accumulated over time can be overwhelming at best. It can be hard to know where to start with it all. Putting all the stuff into piles is helpful so you can see what is there. So is taking your time going through the piles. Trying to do them all in one go can be energy draining. Sorting through things mindfully- recycling, donating, and reorganizing- is healing and energy generating. Doing life in bite-sized chunks seems to work better for me these days- just taking things one moment at a time.
*Slowing down and listening to your body is essential to avoid energy loss. Not everything needs to be done in one day. Taking time to have a cup of coffee, sit in the sun, play with kids and pets, and enjoy a walk in nature in between cleaning is rejuvenating and inspiring. These things that bring me pleasure feed me and remind me of the wonderful things about being alive in a human body. They ground me.
*Getting rid of old stuff that no longer serves you makes room for the new to come in. Trying to bring in a new dream when the tattered bits of the old one still linger all over the place is a little like bringing in new furniture into a house that is filled with old junk. Where the hell are you gonna put it all?!
*You don’t need as much physical “stuff” (objects, gadgets, thingies) to survive and thrive as you think you do. Whatever I buy/consume/own takes energy to keep sorting out and carting around with me in life. Keeping it simple and streamlined by reducing clutter is no different than keeping my only real home (my body) clean. The less stuff I take on, the less there is to clean and care for.
Don’t get me wrong; I am not under the illusion that the cleaning will ever cease. I know I will be healing as long as I am still breathing. And I am OK with that. And I am excited to see where this next journey will lead me and what I can create in this new space that I’ve cleared for myself. I am curious to see what will be there in my life to harvest at the end of summer…