Clearing the Clutter
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris
We moved house this past weekend, and I was astounded by how much stuff there was! When we were packing up our old house, I marvelled at the amount of stuff we’d accumulated in just a few short years. We had to get rid of a lot of it – some we sold, others we recycled or gave away. Unfortunately there were also a number of items that we simply threw away.
I devised a simple rule for determining what to get rid of: if I hadn’t used it in 6 months or if I’d even forgotten I had it, it needed to go.
I was convinced we’d done a great job of decluttering our lives. But when the boxes in our new house, there was a whole lot of other stuff there that made me think – what on earth did we move with this for?
Clearly we hadn’t done as meticulous a job of ridding ourselves of the things that longer served us. Again we went through the process, getting rid of more stuff. There are still some items of furniture that we are yet to sell!
Looking at this hoarding behaviour I couldn’t help drawing a parallel with the state of my inner house. My spiritual journey has been a series of clear-outs of limiting beliefs, anger, fear and a whole lot of behaviours that don’t serve me. Like the junk in my boxes, there’s always more to clear out and clean up. It’s as if the more authentically I try to live my life, the more I see the inauthenticity in it.
In the past I used to wonder whether I would ever “get there”, to that imagined place where I would be “awakened”. But more and more I realise that there’s nowhere to get to in terms of my personal growth and development. It’s a true case of the journey being more important than the destination. The “work” is in continually living in alignment with who I truly am, paying attention to how my thoughts and feelings affect me and those around me, and being grateful for every day I get to live this journey.