Peace and clarity begin first within our souls and our selves and within the spaces we occupy, but they don’t stop there. When cultivated properly, with intention and care, they grow roots and reach outwards.
If our home environment is cluttered, dirty and disorganized, that state of chaos is often a reflection of what is happening in our lives. We can’t show up fully and be present out in the world if our lives and our homes are filled to overflowing. When we struggle through life in survival mode, or if we succumb to the “I’m so busy” trend, we no longer have the ability to see clearly. But there is a way to wave away the haze! By examining what we choose to have in our space and making intentional choices, we’re able to clear the clutter, both in our physical and our mental and emotional realms.
I recently worked with a woman who struggled with both — “survival mode” and “I’m so busy” — and her home was a reflection of these challenges. It was overflowing with clutter, leaving some rooms completely inaccessible. Through our work together, she not only reorganized but decluttered at the same time and said it was like coming up for fresh air, that she had created a whole new space and a new way to live in the world that left her open to all the possibilities.
So what exactly is involved in working with me?
We begin with a thorough examination: an inventory of what you possess and what those possessions mean to you and to the world. Through the items we purchase, collect or inherit, we begin to understand and open up our worldviews, and when we begin to think more deeply about the meaning of those possessions, we develop a deeper connection to everything around us, near and far. When we learn to respect and honor all that we have and that we use, when we acknowledge what the earth has given us and can continue to give us if we treat it properly, we can begin to bring peace and clarity into our lives.
The proper implementation of feng shui means that when we look around our homes, we will feel supported and in a safe sanctuary. We have created a space where we can better ourselves, where everything has a purpose. That doesn’t mean everything has to be useful (there is still a place for the purely sentimental!), just that we acknowledge it and display it in a kind way, and that we take care of the things we have.
Acknowledging what is no longer serving a purpose helps in the process of intentional letting go (for example: photos of an ex, birthday cards with no personal message, clothing that you will never wear again, that creepy-eyed lawn gnome you got as a gift that you swear is scaring your begonias into not blooming) and is an essential step in building your soulful sanctuary. And when you add items to your home, the choice to focus on fair trade or more sustainable materials helps to honor these new items, the people that produced them and the communities where they were sourced.
Even the food in our cupboards has deep meaning as nourishment for our bodies. The value of what you put into your body is not just the nutrition for you, but its place in the world: the ways it helps to perpetuate the tradition and heritage of the cultures that discovered how to prepare that food, the richness of the natural bounty and the communities working to bring it to our homes. It’s all connected!
The practice of feng shui requires a significant effort, but it doesn’t need to be daunting. With time, it even becomes a natural part of our routine, as we make more mindful, intentional choices about what we allow into our spaces.
Think of three items in your home that are no longer serving you. Choose how to give them a better life—will you donate to an organization, give to a friend, recycle them or put them up for sale?
If you like, share this post with your community and begin a discussion around our connection to our possessions. Who is impacted by your choices, beyond you?