How to Use This Mindfulness Invitation to Better See Your Clutter
Monday, May 29, 2017 at 7:15AM
Linda Samuels in Mindfulness, Too Much Clutter, action, awareness, closets, clutter, clutter blind, decisions, let go, list, meditation, mindfulness, small step, stuff

Are you at the point where you have clutter in your life, but you no longer see it? Have you become clutter blind? Yet even though you may not notice the clutter, you can feel its weight and burden. There's a nagging sense that your "stuff" needs to be decided on and edited, but just not yet. Clutter decisions are on your "someday" list.

With one of the guided mindfulness practices that I do, Jon Kabat-Zinn explains that the meditation can be done in a seated or lying down position. Some intentions for mindfulness meditation are to remain aware, alert, and awake. Kabat-Zinn cautions that one of the potential downsides of meditating while lying down is that you can easily fall asleep. To encourage our awareness, he invites us to "fall awake."

With this idea in mind, I invite you to "fall awake" too. Instead of postponing decisions and remaining clutter blind, engage in curiosity accompanied by action. Notice your clutter. What do you see? How does it make you feel? What would life look and feel like if you had fewer piles, closets with breathing room, and clearer pathways. What would it be like to have just enough, no more and no less?

Having recently made progress on a few cluttered spots in my life including my thoughts, garden, underwear drawer, and some areas in my mom’s home, it was wonderful to prune, clear, and let go of some non-essentials. I feel wonderfully lighter and less burdened.

Facing our clutter is a process. It begins with noticing and with being aware. Take one small step. Remove your blinders. Let that lead you forward.

Have you or someone you know experienced clutter blindness?  What have you noticed? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Come join the conversation!





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