elcome to the April issue of Seattle Natural Awakenings magazine! Spring has finally arrived and cleaning out my closets is on my mind. In the last five years, I have felt an urgency to let go of stuff–knick knacks, memorabilia, household items I no longer use. I didn’t know how much I held on to until I moved for the third time and unpacked what I thought was a manageable amount of these items, but what I thought was less turned out to be a whole lot more! I know how important it is to lighten your load and to be in touch with what really matters: not the stuff you see, but the stuff you can feel. As I picked up objects while unpacking, I asked myself how each object felt. I kept some of the mementos because they made my heart open and lifted my spirits. You know, the stuff your kids made for your birthday, like a ceramic purple frog, the handmade frame with our family picture in it, or my favorite hotplate holder my son made with a shark dripping blood from its teeth that reads, “My Mom – Love Mikey.” Many of the other things I went through made me sad and I felt my energy drop, but it was hard to get rid of some of the items all the same. Some of these belongings represented relationships whith people I no longer see – in some cases, we both grew and moved on. I sorted the collection into the boxes: one for trash, one to keep and the other to pass onto someone else. When I had the items categorized and distributed them to the appropriate places, I felt free, as if a weight had lifted off my shoulders. Years ago, I had a sign in my office that read “simplify.” A young man who was a client of mine said, “the sign says ‘simplify,’ but you have so much stuff!” That statement got my attention. I really thought I had already arrived at simplicity, but I realized then I still had a long way to go. We will always have extra baggage because life is a journey, and if we are living our life to its fullest, we will run into plenty of things to hang on to. However, living consciously tells us when to let them go. This spring, I invite you to lighten your load.
Spring is about new beginnings. Let’s get this party started!
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