I have been struggling with a few things the past ten days. So I did the obvious thing to help my mind get sorted out, which is, deal with clutter. Somewhere in my mind I aim to clear out all the extras before this year ends. Oh yes, I’ve been thinking that for several years now, but then, life is not static. Like it or not, things that take years and decades to accumulate cannot be cleared out quickly. There’s also the issue of lethargy. I start, take a few steps, slow down, stagnate, get distracted… you know the drill.
So, anyway, I thought some purging, cleaning, donating, disposing would help me regain my balance. Alas, this was not to be.
The fact that I cleaned out my kitchen itself should have had me leaping with joy.
I was happy yes, but not excited.
Then I cleaned the living room. Purged extra stuff. Still not the reaction I expected from me.
I didn’t feel like turning on my laptop to work.
I am thinking, what’s happening?
Sury teased me, asking what’s up, considering birthday month and all. I am the kind of childlike person who comes up with a zillion ideas and things to do during this time.
Then I came across this beautiful piece by Sandeep Atre titled “Homing in”
He wrote that we don’t live in bungalows, duplexes or flats. We live in our minds.
How true! I found this quite profound and just what I wanted to hear at this point.
When we throw out physical clutter, we clear our minds.
When we throw out mental clutter, we clear our souls.
Our minds are our permanent residence with no constraints that can be measured in square feet. This is a vast limitless space.
No matter how well we organize our rooms, balconies, garages…life is good only when things are sorted in our minds.
Our minds is where we keep things messy.
Regrets piling up in one corner.
Expectations stuffed in a closet.
Secrets under the carpet.
Worries littered everywhere.
Comparisons spilt on the table.
Complexes leaking from an old bottle.
Grudges stinking in a box…
We have to be mindful of this “real home” of ours, because this is one housekeeping we cannot outsource. We have to do it ourselves.
With renewed energy, I resumed clearing my clutter, this time with focus.
My mind calmed down, somewhat.
Not saying everything is okay yet, but my world is on its way to become alright again.
“Clutter is not just in your home, attic, garage or office. Clutter is also in your mind, and distracts you from the amazing things you are meant to do”
Isn’t that true?
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What a beautifully profound post! We live in our minds… How apt! Time to do some purging in the mind area Vidya.
I love that part about regrets, expectations, etc. So very true. Thanks Kalpana. Glad you like it!
I love that part too! The visual of worries littered everywhere, and comparison crumbs scattered on the table was helpful to make the mental clutter real to me.
Thanks for making me smile with another inspiring post! 🙂
It is kind of imprinted in my mind, Lee! I feel quite humbled! thank you!
Omgosh, Vidya. I have been working on this exact thing! Especially focusing on my mind and clearing the clutter thereof. It’s such a challenging task but one, for me, for everyone, that must be done. I’ve cried, I’ve laughed, I’ve been angry and I let go… The letting go has been the freedom. – Also. I have been getting rid of stuff around the house too. 🙂
So true- need to clear my mind too
Loved your post, Vidya. We do need to declutter our minds and hearts to lead healthy holistic lives!
Thank you Adite! Hugs!
Rightly said, messy minds are the ones that has to be cleaned. No matter where we live Physically.
Humans tend to run towards the materialistic stuffs, that is the things which are physically visible. I guess this is one of the main reasons behind all the struggle. To keep a clean mind, without any clutter is the only way to achieve peace and happiness. Loved your blog regarding clutter in mind and your attempt to clean it. Enjoy the peaceful and happy ‘real home’ of yours. 🙂
I loved your post Vidya. All that you say resonates with me.I too love to declutter my home and my mind from time to time.
Another beautiful one, Vidya! Left me thinking. This one is just on time.
hi, i think the original author of these words attributed to Sandeep Atre is Swami Anubhavananda Saraswati (smiling swami/ just be happy). happened to come across this beautiful quote and the search led me to find this.
Reading this post was a pleasure. Yes its true the real or the only clutter makes space in ones Mind, and cleaning it on a daily basis should be something we all must do religiously. Thank you for writing this wonderful post.
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