I’ve recently been examining my life on many levels and feeling the need to simplify and pare down. A big impetus was working through Lisa Baldwin’s course last month – The Gentle Art of Clutter Clearing. I signed up thinking I’d do some decluttering, but I came away with a much needed new perspective. And yay for that!
One of the many helpful things Lisa encourages one to think about is finding the treasures in your life. The things that truly enhance your being, either through beauty or function or meaningfulness.
With the mantra “only treasures” in my mind, I recently finished painting a bedroom in luscious colors that delight me. And before bringing anything back into the newly painted space, I carefully scrutinized it. Was it a treasure? Only those things that passed that heart test came back in.
The space is truly lovely now. Not just with the colors that charm my senses, but the energy of a space where everything brings pleasure. I’m committed to approaching each area of my home this way.
And isn’t this truly the way we want every area of our lives to be, not just our homes? Sometimes we hold on to stuff way past the time it serves us – we do this with objects, with relationships, with patterns of thinking. But when you come right down to it, is there any reason we shouldn’t have only treasures in our life?
Releasing objects is easiest. And hopefully they get recycled to new homes where they can be treasured anew. Releasing relationships that aren’t treasures is harder of course, but your heart knows when it’s time, and you can do it with grace, and love, and blessings. Releasing patterns of thinking is hard too, but it’s the kind of good challenge that leaves you feeling so much more expanded afterwards.
So maybe it’s time to blow some fresh air through all of your life . I certainly know it’s that time for me. What will we find? Do you recognize the treasures in your life? And do you have time and space to be grateful for them? And what are you ready to release?