As my whole life went "Down-Upside" in 2013 (after experiencing a shift in consciousness), I noticed that a "strange" thing started to happen... I was no longer accumulating unnecessary things, relationships or foods, but instead I was drawn to clear up my giant Life's drawers, from Top to Bottom & Bottom to Top - and Oh My, what a sweet feeling that was! And so today, I wanted to share with you 3 easy ways to De-Clutter, not just your living-room, but most importantly your mind-room, which is by far the Master Room of all. Wanna know how? This way, follow me...
Clutter is anything un-finished, un-used, un-resolved or dis-organised.
When we hear about De-Cluttering we usually think about clearing up the mess in our bedroom, cupboard, drawer, garage etc, and rarely do we relate it first to the clean up of our Master Room - the Mind. But truth be told, both are intrinsically linked and taking care of the latter, will naturally activate the clean up of the formers, and vice versa. So Where do we start?
1. With the good old "Less is More"
You've probably heard this one many times before, each time thinking to yourself "Yeah right, how is that ever gonna happen with me?" And I get it, I mean, I did too have my years of owning 3 (10...?) different Zara handbags, just to be sure that I would always have one that matched the colour tone of the day... That's right, you can never be too sure with fashion thoughts, in the evening you think "Tomorrow, mustard jumper!", and as you wake up in the morning, you have this image of Natalie Portman in your head, wearing a beautiful Old Pink dress and BOOM, all your Handbag plans fall out the window, just like that! Okay, I might be pushing it a little bit too far here (or am I?), but you get the picture right? We ALL have this tendency of accumulating things that we don't actually need. For you it might be magazines, comic books, video games, empty bottles...? Yes don't laugh, this can happen. But Why? Why do we do that?
I'll have a guess and say that it's probably because we have a fear of lacking, or a fear of not looking good enough, or a fear of letting go of things and/or chapters of our lives, or all of these fears at once (good luck with that..). And so as we regret the things/moments that have past, or do not enjoy the ones the present is offering us right now, or simply doubt the episodes the future can hold for us, we clutter our Mindroom with unnecessary worries & fears, and our Bedroom with unnecessary items that no longer serve us or never really have in the first place. So How do we get out of this pattern, you may ask?
Well, maybe we can start by acknowledging that the things we pile up in our life are simply a substitute for Love. Not romantic love, but the love of One's self, the love of Life. Or by realising that filling up our cupboards with foods, clothes, gear, books, empty bottles (yes, again), is nothing more but a subconscious attempt to fill up an illusory void inside. Why illusory? Because ultimately there is no void or hole. Only a Whole that we unconsciously (or inadvertently) forget as we let the haze of the conditioned mind blur our vision, year after year, after year. And so one way to come out of this Pile of Shite, is to go "IALA"! Identify the pattern, Accept it, Laugh about it, and take Action. Small steps, one bag at a time, but the important thing is - TO DO something about it. You could for instance check-in with yourself & your stuff every 6 months or so, and see if there isn't one thing or two that could go visit The Red Cross and bring some renewed joy into someone else's life. And if it's too much for you just yet, you could just try to go through your cupboards and make 2 piles - one pile is "To Keep" and the other one is "I put this aside in a rubbish bag and if in 2 months I haven't touched anything in there, I will give it all away". Do You think you can do that? Come on, let's do it. This could be your very first step on your Attachment Recovery Journey. But ultimately, you could also simply start asking yourself these questions "Do I really need to buy this? Why do I want to purchase that magnetic bottle opener again?" And as you will start repeating this new pattern again & again, eventually there is no doubt that you will come to the realisation that Less truly is More. You will see that, as you clear up the passage ways of your home & mind, you allow the energy of life to flow more freely into your Being & your Environment, making room for bigger things to come into play - such as Creativity, Joy, Contentment and Love.
2. Or you could set Yourself on Fire
Huh? Not literally, just through a breathing technique called Breath of Fire, which is a type of pranayama (breath control), used in Kundalini yoga. Also called Kapalbhati or fast breathing, the purpose is to increase Prana (Life Force, subtle energy) in the body. In Breath of Fire, the rate of respiration is increased to roughly 100 to 120 breaths per minute - the inhalations and exhalations are deep and of equal length. It is a very powerful purifying & cleansing breath that can reboot the nervous system and bring serenity into your being in a heart beat (ok, maybe 10).
I've added here a quick video to show you how to do Breath of Fire.
Please note - if you have any cardiac problems, respiratory infections or are pregnant - do not try this technique! Thanks ;)
The Clearer the Mind, the Cleaner the House
With Breath of Fire we exhale & inhale the air rapidly, creating a giant vacuuming system that clears up the lungs, the blood cells, and any stagnant energy stuck in our body-mind organism. As we do that, we de-clutter our mind-room and create space for renewed Life Force. Breathing consciously is a magnificent way to cleanse both body & mind. It helps to get rid of toxicity, physically and mentally, allowing you to appreciate even more the things you have and the moments you are experiencing. So to sum it up, Breath of Fire is a very powerful way to clear up your mind-space, bring yourself back to your centre and to ground you in the present moment. With repetitions, a new found peace will set in, and the frenzy anguish of buying, accumulating, attaching, and overthinking will eventually vanish. The more grounded you will be within yourself, the less you will "need" (distractions, attentions, things, foods etc).
If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.
- AMIT RAY
3. Un-knot toxic links
Before my being switched into "conscious mode" I had no idea I was attracting toxicity into my life. I just thought "Oh nooo, why is this happening to ME, agaaain?!" - completely oblivious of the fact that I had probably a little (lot?) to do with it. How? Well simply because I was carrying around a shit load of toxic thoughts, conditioned patterns, unresolved family issues etc etc etc. But you did not know, I hear you say. No I didn't, but now I do. And so now I can share about it, and hopefully this will help someone, at least one person, to stop going in circles in their lives, thinking the world is a shitty place where only shitty things will happen to them. Because it is not true. And un-tangling yourself from toxic situations, thoughts, people, will prove just that to you. So How do we tackle this one?