Last month I shared about a book that I enjoyed called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. In that book the author, Marie Kondo says,"Take each item in your hand and ask: 'Does this spark joy?'"
All month I've been thinking about this quote and it has moved me greatly. "Take each item in your hand and ask: 'Does this spark joy?'" There are so many ways we can apply this question. And in part, that is what her book is about. It's not just about tidying up our closet or a room. It's about tidying up our lives by asking the question: "Does this spark joy?"
After reading the book, I found myself asking this question when I was in a room full of people, or cooking dinner, or attending a class or a meeting. "Does this food/these people/this event spark joy?" If it didn't or doesn't, then why am I doing it? It's such a great question.
Are you inviting joy into your life not just with objects, but people, food, or circumstances? Or are you inviting sadness, misery, and guilt? And if you are, then ask yourself "where will I find joy?" and head over to that party.
Joy is at the top of the food chain so to speak and fear is at the bottom with every emotion and state of being existing in between. In order to get to joy, the movement has to start somewhere.
For me, the simple yet profound question "Does this spark joy?" is where I began. If it doesn't spark joy, then it's holding me back from that place I choose to live from. Just having that awareness can change everything.
Can you allow yourself to ask the question?
In love and light,
Is it time to undergo some spring decluttering? When I have a lot of random thoughts going through my head – a lot of clutter, I find decluttering my environment helpful. Why? I think because of its symbolic nature. When I declutter my environment, I create a nice, tidy, clean space and that feels good. So it would follow that if I set the stage for decluttering my environment, I’m also establishing a mindset that will instruct my brain to let go of its clutter and allow for new, fresh thoughts.
There are a number of ways to work within your environment. One way is to go through your cupboards and look at what has taken up residence over the winter months. Winter is a time to get cozy, eat hearty meals, and hibernate. But now that spring is here, we can lighten up those meals and perhaps shed some of the heavier items we’ve been holding onto. Similar really to clearing out your wardrobe of heavy winter sweaters and replacing them with brighter, lighter items.
Another way to do some decluttering is to go through emails and delete those that you’re no longer interested in. When was the last time you cleaned out your spam folder? Leaving those unattended is adding clutter and an energy that is well, spammy. Toss them out!
If you’re someone who has a cluttered car, clean it out and give it a good vacuum. If you have your life in your car, what’s that telling you? Is that really where you want to live? Polish off your effort with a nice spin through the car wash.
Each of these things, though they might seem mundane, is actually a way to get your brain into the swing of creating space. As you start to unclutter your environment, you can start to open to possibilities in your thinking that are expansive, new, and fresh. If you try it, I hope you will share your experience.
In love and light,
Our life is love. This life on this earth is one of love. It's Mother Earth loving us completely, from birth until death. Are you loving her back?
I love to think how Mother Earth cares for us, how she has so many beautiful ways of showing us how loved we are. For instance, have you ever thought about how you have been given, by Mother Earth, everything you need to sustain life?
We naturally have all the food we need to not only survive, but to thrive. We don't need food made in a factory, Mother Earth has given us everything we need. We have air to breathe reminding us that we are loved with each breath. She provides us with the water our bodies need.
These items are essential to our very survival and Mother Earth has given them to us simply because she chooses to care for us in the vibration of love.
Do you eat her food, drink her water, and breathe her air with gratitude? Are you mindful of how these have been given to you in love? Are you protecting these resources and Mother Earth herself by using them wisely and caring for them as though your life depended on them?
Mother Earth loves us unconditionally. She continues to give even when we act like rebellious teenagers without care or concern for her wellbeing. But at the same time, Mother Earth is a reflection of us. Humans cannot offer to another something we aren't able to see in ourselves. When we treat ourselves with love and compassion, we treat Her with love and compassion.
My heart aches when I think how much I am loved by Mother Earth, how she gives me everything I need, and how she continues to give - in love, unconditionally.
May your heart be filled with the warmth of the Mother and may the heart of Mother Earth be warmed by you.