I'm participating in the Spring Mondo Beyondo Dream Lab and the objective is to "clear away the clutter and make space for the life we've always dreamed of. The lab will provide the structure needed to systematically clean out our physical space, calendar, commitments and connections for the sake of more freedom, authenticity and true joy." (I edited that just a bit from the email I received.)
Even though I don't have much clutter (Hello, have we met?!), I am thoroughly enjoying the exercises. I'm not really learning any new techniques (yet!) but the things I've always done are being validated and that feels good. For instance, one of the recommended daily practices is to make your bed every morning because the state of your bed is the state of your head. I can't remember the last time I didn't make my bed. It was probably back in high school but I seriously doubt it was even that recently. My bedroom has always been a sanctuary for me and even if the rest of my house is messy (relatively speaking), my room is always neat. I just feel better in that environment.
Our minds usually associate clutter with our physical space but I'm glad this lab is calling out all the other areas in which we need to rid ourselves of unnecessary and outgrown things. We may need to reevaluate some of the beliefs we've always had that may not ring true any longer. We need to take a long hard look at our relationships and excuse ourselves from the ones that no longer feel comfortable. We may even need to look at those things we always say we're going to do 'some day' and never get to. It's time to either do them or forget them... they are taking up valuable head space.
An older woman friend of mine always told me that by cleaning out the clutter we were making room for better things to come along. This class is reinforcing that wisdom and I'm enjoying it a lot.
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The first exercise we were asked to complete was this: Set the timer for five minutes. Let your intuition guide you as you make a quick and dirty list of the things that need clearing out right now.
My list included everything from cleaning up my hard drive to canceling some travel plans to crossing off some major life To-Do items to cleaning out my bookshelves (again!).
What would be on your list? What is it you need to remove from your physical or emotional space in order to have more energy, time and freedom for the life you deserve? What steps can you take to make that clearing?