“When we clear the physical clutter from our lives, we literally make way for inspiration and 'good, orderly direction' to enter.” ~ Julia Cameron
I am not a hoarder, I get rid of stuff. I clean my closets once a year; usually during April I go through the closets and get rid of things that no longer bring me joy or I don’t use. I was raised in a “neatnik” house and we couldn’t do anything on the weekend until the house was cleaned first. I have given up on that philosophy of living, but I don’t like clutter and I like to keep things clean and see the top of the desk and tables.
This is true everywhere except when I am in a creative mood. When I paint or cook I am in the zone and things are a mess with stuff everywhere and I just keep adding as I get further in the flow. When I am done cooking, I clean up the hurricane of a mess and put everything away because this is a space that is lived in. I do not usually clean the art studio because I know I will be back in a day or so and I will want all of that stuff out again, so I just leave it out.
But, during April, I only do one task as a time and I finish each task, which includes cleaning up after each task, even in my art room. And what I am learning is that I like entering my creative space each morning without the clutter and mess. I feel that I am coming from a clean slate, a place of peace and it easier to connect to inspiration. It is important to clear the physical and mental clutter and let inspiration into our heart. I clear the mental clutter with meditation, going slowly, being mindful and finishing each task completely before moving on the to next.
How do you deal with physical and mental clutter?
Peggy Steffens is an artist and Chopra Certified Meditation Instructor
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