Monday, March 23, 2009

Spring Cleaning

Ever wonder why storage units became such a big business all over the country? Yes, some people are in between moves and need to keep things there while they look for a new house. Adn some people keep business inventories and materials in them. But how many people have so much stuff that they can't live with it? Buying binges were fun, but once things were brought home from shopping, there was no place to put it. How many people have so much stuff they have trouble moving around in their own house or finding things they need?

In many cases, we have become so attached to our stuff, even old stuff we have filling up our rooms, basements, garages, and storage units, that it is a real shamanic test for some people to go through it all and really clear and clean until all that is left are the things they really use or the things that add beauty and joy to their life and uplift their spirits.

Keeping stuff that is broken or never used comes from a sense of fear that there is not enough in the world. Of course, that is not true. There is plenty of stuff in the world.

In extreme cases, that is what motivates some people to save rubber bands, string, broken toys, sporting goods they haven't used in years, stacks of old magazines and all other kinds of detritus they will probably never use again. What could you do with all the money you save on storage space rental?

Turn the stuff you can sell into cash, and trash the rest. By clearing the space, there is more room for living now. By only having things in your space that are beautiful and useful, you are able to have your life working more smoothly and efficiently. The flow of energy that comes from love, not fear, leaves more space and more energy for what we really love and what is really important to us.

Spring cleaning can be really challenging and really energizing. Being able to do this is more of a shamanic task for most people than sleeping outdoors for night or two without a tent or a supply of food. Deep cleaning really has us face our stuff and then make conscious decisions to change and prepare for the next stage of our life. We can make room for what is most important to us now. Are you up to the task?

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