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Clearing the clutter at year’s end

Posted: December 12, 2013 12:34 p.m.
Updated: December 13, 2013 5:00 a.m.

I walked into my room the other day and some horror movie music should have started playing, because it was a nightmare in the 29223 zip code. After standing in the doorway looking at all of my stuff, I made it my mission to get rid of everything I don’t need, properly store what I’m not using and better organize everything that I use on a daily basis. I don’t know too much about feng shui, but I’m pretty sure the concept is accurate. I couldn’t remember the last time I’d opened my blinds to let some light in and my “to shred” pile, as well as my recyclable box, was overflowing.

The ancient Chinese system of feng shui is supposed to balance the energy of a room or space for optimal health. Good feng shui means good luck and bad feng shui means you need to get it together. I’m not using any feng shui techniques or anything, but I do believe that a cluttered living area is reflective of your thinking -- what you think, how you think it and how your life is going because of the two.

 I started wondering how my room got so out of control -- there were clothes, shoes, scarves, coats, papers and documents that needed to be sorted, my desk was in total disarray and a bookshelf was overflowing -- but enough was enough. “It is time to clear the clutter,” I remember thinking to myself before I took some boxes and started by dissecting my bookshelf around 12 a.m. on Tuesday. I realized, however, that not only was my room cluttered, so was my car and my desk at work; they have all been constantly cluttered for quite some time. I thought it was interesting that I had this strong urge to clean house after watching things pile up and sit for so long and not wanting to deal with it, but I’ve also been doing some mental and physical “clearing” and this is the time of year that I start working on achieving my New Year’s Resolutions. Then I remembered my intention and realized that I had already come full circle.

Throughout my yoga teacher training, we learned about intentions. At graduation, we had to make an intention -- it could be something to do with yoga or any area of our life. My intention is to be more wholehearted. Admittedly, that was my sole New Year’s Resolution for 2013 and I’ve been struggling in various capacities trying to bring it to fruition. To keep it simple I just told the class that I wanted to be wholehearted, but what I really intend is to be wholehearted in loving myself. Not in the ridiculous, “I deserve to eat this whole box of chocolates” or “I deserve this designer handbag I really shouldn’t be wasting money on” kind of way, but really showing compassion and kindness toward myself. I think that’s where I messed up in regard to my 2013 resolution, too, because I was trying to be more wholehearted in everything, which is kind of defeating the purpose.

Not to get all woo, woo here, because I really just wanted to change some things around -- and I knew a little quantum physics, or quantum wellness, would get me moving -- but I made an intention to, more or less, clean it up and act like I like myself and several things followed: I decided that I needed more vitamins and minerals than what I was consuming, I needed to get more exercise in, in addition to letting go of outdate beliefs I had about myself and the world.

So what’s my point? (Ha!) As a new year dawns be intentional -- don’t just make a resolution.

A resolution is a decision to do something; but in order to get that “something” done you have to be intentional. What are you going to do to get you there and how can you give yourself a little kick in the butt so that you are eventually busting your butt to make it happen? What are you going to do if you get discouraged? How are you going to set yourself up for long-term change? The one I really struggle with is, how do I proceed when others don’t support a personal decision or “encourage” you to do something you don’t want to have anything to do with? I didn’t ask myself any of those questions when I made my resolution last year. You don’t have to plan everything down to a “T,” but be intentional; you’ll see results faster than when you make an ethereal resolution.

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