Monday, August 31, 2015

MAKE SPACE

MAKE SPACE

for the Life You Dream

I was recently reminded that on this road to creating the life you dream you must make space. Where there is clutter there is no space to receive a new reality, a new life, a new way of being. Clutter is anything unfinished, unused, unresolved, or disorganized. There is emotional clutter, mental clutter, and physical clutter.  What follows is tools to help you de-clutter and make space for the new life you dream of. 

Emotional Clutter is all the emotions that you have stuffed away, locked up, refused to deal with. Although these emotions may not be right on the surface they do affect the way we interact with our daily life and they take up precious space that is needed for new emotions, the ones that attract what you dream for yourself.  

One of the best methods for emotional de-cluttering I have used and recommend to my clients and friends is the Bridging The Minds Technique. This is a writing technique that is extremely effective for those who follow the directions precisely. 

Mental Clutter is all the mental lists, random information, and the ever whirling thoughts that go on each day. There is no room for new, creative information and thoughts if your mind is packed full already. Furthermore, a busy mind is a distracted mind and a distracted mind is unable to focus on creating a desired effect / life. To create new, you must free up space for it first. 

Grab your notepad and pen. Make a list of all the information streaming through your conscious mind. Your list may surprise you. Take a look at your list and take action to move those things from your mental space to a storage space. For example, take all of the things on your to-do list and create a to-do list in a space where you will see it daily and can cross things off as you go. Back in the day I was known as the "post-it" queen. That was my method of getting the to-do things out of my head space to make it less cluttered. Today I have "sticky notes" on my computer that remind me of each days to-do list. 

Continue on your list finding new space for all of your mental clutter to reside. Perhaps the most important key to relaxing mental clutter is having a system that allows you to easily retrieve the information as needed. The next is trusting that you will find it when you need it so that you can mentally let it go. This allows your mind to relax and a relaxed mind is a creative mind, one that can see solutions a cluttered mind cannot.

Physical Clutter is all the stuff in your physical environment that is unused, disorganized or broken. The rule of thumb is that anything you have not used in six months needs to be given away or sold. Objectively evaluate anything, including family heirlooms, that sit unused. Ask yourself why you are holding on to it. If there is an emotional attachment then objectively evaluate if there is unfinished business or unresolved emotions that need to be addressed.  As you resolve old business / emotional attachments you free up space for the new life and the new things you dream for your life.

Observe any areas of disorganization in your physical environment. These areas of clutter typically represent fear. Vulnerability is something we have been taught to fear. In many cases a fear of vulnerability has been the product of our past experiences and something we learned for survival.  In truth, vulnerability is one of the greatest strengths we have. Often our disorganization which leads to piles of this and piles of that are simply outward expressions of our fear of vulnerability. We build piles of stuff around us so that we can feel protected from the outside world. Doing the emotional work to release these fears will help as we do the physical work to organize a little bit at a time.

Broken and unfinished items stored throughout your physical environment are typically a reflection of internal feelings of brokenness or incompleteness. Take time to observe anything that has been sitting broken or unfinished for six months or more. Notice where in your physical space these items are. This offers great insight as to the internal parts they reflect. Make note of what these items are and what emotions arise as you contemplate them. Now you are ready to do the emotional work and the physical work to repair or release and to complete what is unfinished.

On your road to creating the life you dream you must make space for it. Making space allows you to have the room to receive it and frees your creativity to manifest it. Make Space for the Life You Dream and see what happens :)

Be Well

~*~ Regina Ann


Regina Ann is the founder of Integrative Wholistic Solutions and a Holistic Health & Wellness Practitioner offering Complimentary and Integrative Medicines, Healing Arts, and Lifestyle Coaching to assist you in achieving emotional, mental, physical, spiritual Well Being. Visit IntegrativeWholisticSolutions.com to learn more.

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