Simplify! It's Good For The Soul By Laura M. Turner, M.Sc.
Simplify! Simplify! Is the message
of Henry David Thoreau in his
beautiful book Walden. In it, he
writes of giving up all his worldly
belongings and traveling to the
woods of Massachusetts to build a
cabin, live from the land and
meditate. We do not have to go to
this extreme to become close to
nature, of course, but what I love
the most about Thoreau's message is
his summary in this most profound
statement: “A man is rich in effort
to what he can afford to let alone.”
Think about this idea for a second.
Does its clarity ring through to
you? To me it says: Simplifying is
good for the soul. What's more? I
believe simplifying is also an
important key in keeping your energy
purified and in so keeping your body
and soul pure, as well.
With this in mind: as we head into
summer here in upstate New York – I
can think of no better time to roll
up my sleeves and shed the old to
make room for the new. The reality
is, it is hard work. Yet, I'll make
it simple for you if you are ready
to simplify, too. Here’s three ideas
to help keep your process enjoyable
Take It Slow:
In my book Spiritual Fitness: The
7-Steps to Living Well, I liken
closet cleaning to soul cleansing.
To me it’s the exercise and
meditative process of letting go
that creates space for the beautiful
fresh and new. This goes for the
garage, as well any other cluttered
up nook or cranny of the home.
Make it easy on yourself, begin by
taking an hour at a time and simply
looking through what you have. Next,
when you are inventorying your space
ask yourself – What can I let go of?
What kind of space can I create in
my life for something new? What am I
hanging onto that if I let go of
would allow something better to come
What Serves Me?
When you examine each item in
question, ask yourself how it is
useful to you. I often say out loud
to the universe: How does this
(suit, pair of shoes, stack of
papers) serve me? If I can give
myself a reasonable answer, I keep
the item, if not – it gets
discarded. It’s just that simple.
Affirm: I Already Have Everything I
The universe provides. In essence we
already have everything we could
possibly need. I can remember as a
child going to a friends house to
play and their Christmas tree was
still standing square in the living
room – it was the middle of summer!
Imagine what message this was
sending to the universe? As you
clear your space, continue to
affirm: God provides. I already have
everything I could possibly need.
Assignment: Clean Out Your Space
you mind, mentally section off your
home. I like to do this by rooms,
sometimes corners if there’s lots of
stuff in them. If there’s a space
where you have harbored items make
this its own section. Now take one
section at a time and take
inventory. Take time to look at each
item then decide if it serves you.
If not bless the item and let it go.
you find the item does not serve you
or you are unsure, keep it. Put it
in a box. When the box is full go
through each item once more. Next,
tape up the box, date it for exactly
one year from the present date. When
the date comes due, throw the box
away or donate the items. Finally,
remember this is a constant process.
And although you'll never need to
give up all your worldly belongings
and live like Thoreau, keep renewing
your space; expect something new and
wonderful to show up for the old. I
think you'll be amazed at what comes
along to take its place.
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Laura M. Turner, M.Sc., CNHP is an
author, journalist and wellness
mentor specializing in natural
practices and nutritional medicine.
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