Day 137/366 day Towards Self-Mastery
Confession. I must be one of the few who have not yet seen the Marie Kondo KonMari method on netflix. Note to self...
Relieving yourself of those items in your home and life that are no longer useful, their sentimental value has expired or they simply aren't beautiful and no longer suit your style is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself.
Who every thought we would get to a stage in our evolution where we'd have so much stuff, junk, that has absolutely no value at all to us and yet clutters up every corner of our lives, from our wardrobes, benches, bathrooms to our cars, offices and desks.
Today's inspiration is to clear this stuff away.
Let simplicity, order, harmony and beauty guide you.
Take your time, a room each month or each week. With pen and paper walk around your home and note those items that no longer make your heart sing.
When you have your list, then consider how you might remove these once loved items from your life.
You might deposit them at a recycle centre, give them away to charity, regift them if you know that someone has admired one of your pieces that you no longer love.
I'm looking forward to doing this again. I keep a pretty tight ship when it comes to clutter. Because I've lived in small homes for a decade or two, mainly because I don't want to spend too much time cleaning, and I've moved a lot in my life, I have a practice of removing anything that I haven't used in at least the last 2 years.
That said, I like the idea of having other categories such as beauty and sentimental value to consider as well. I definitely need to learn the KonMari method.
My imagination struggles with the stress that some people must experience as they look to their clutter and don't know where to start. (I just watched the preview of the KonMari method and I can see that some people's experiences are way outside of my own.)
The discipline of keeping only things that have value to you also means that you're going to change your spending habits. When your focus changes it has a ripple effect.
I've spoken about the clutter that is in your life being a representation of the clutter that is in your mind before. In my home I've observed the phenomena in others in order to understand what's going on in their mind at any given time. This has enabled me to support them as needed in those times. When they finally get around to clearing their clutter, I know that whatever was on their mind has now been sorted. So I guess what I'm suggesting here is that clutter is also useful data.
Your external world that you have created around you always reflects your inner reality. You might find that things free up for you, your thinking becomes clearer and life becomes a little less overwhelming when you have cleared your spaces.
366 days Towards Self-Mastery
When I considered my New Year's intentions for 2020 I had just one: To allow my heart to love what it loved...and let it lead me. (If not now, then when?)
I've spent months working on integrating my life. To live life more fully with my home life, my interests, my work, my responsibilities, all coming together, all connected. I want to give each the attention that they desire and need, and still have time and energy for the others. That means living and working from the heart.
As I was clearing out my bookshelf over the Christmas break I discovered Simple Abundance. I set it aside to explore it on New Year's Day as I lazed through another delicious day of nothingness. Sarah, the author, says this book is about living in grace. Living in grace I realised, is about Self-Mastery.
My thirst for understanding the human condition has driven me all my life, and hand-in-hand with self-mastery it has been a life-long goal. And seeing as I love to write, that living in grace is about self-mastery, and I love a bit of a challenge, then if I am truly going to let my heart lead, I really don't have any other choice. So scary as it feels, I'm starting out on a daily mission of leaning into the suggestions of this daybook and making a daily post to keep me accountable. If not now, then when?
I'm Josie. You can find out a little more about me here.
Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy: by Sarah Ban Breathnach.
This book is written for the Australian and NZ market because it refers to seasonal changes. It's available on Amazon here if you'd like to follow along.