January…after the holiday decorations come down , we start to consider the whole house “purge”. Over the course of one year, I can accumulate so much extra stuff that I just don’t have storage for ,that it can seem like overload. That’s when I know it’s time for the “big clean out”. Last year, I read Marie Condo’s book about the Magic of tidying up and was inspired to clean the whole house! This year I stumbled upon “the nester’s” blog and fell in love with her concept of quieting each room by removing everything but the main pieces, cleaning, then putting back into the room only what you truly want in there, or can I say it? What brings you Joy! I even blogged about my kitchen and cleaning “mindfully” and discovered that I really didn’t need things that I had once thought were important. So, let’s get on with a topic that I’ve been wanting to write about for quite a while. Whether you have already mindfully purged to your hearts content, or are just in the beginning phases ,because there are so many great sales going on, please take this to heart and try it. It could just change your life. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “no rest for the wicked”. Book of Isaiah. V48:22. “There is no peace, saith the Lord , unto the wicked. But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace saith my God to the wicked. “
I conducted a mini-science experiment on my dining room table. I put some mud and water into a glass mason jar and stirred it up.
This symbolizes our minds. How when we try to work with a cluttered mind – our vision is not clear, it’s cloudy, as seen in the photo.
Think of a glass of water with mud in it. When you stir it up, the water is cloudy, like an agitated mind, that doesn’t make good decisions, and is impatient, and unkind to others, and oneself. Life doesn’t go so well for the cloudy mind.
The clear water when the mud has settled, can only be achieved by stillness. When the mind is clear of agitation, our life starts to flow. We recognize the signs, and make clear-headed decisions. We are more patient, kinder to others, and are more in tune with ourselves. It takes practice, though.
Give yourself permission to carve out a corner in your home that is just for you. Carving out a place in the home ,a zone of tranquility, is a Cottage Necessity. It is necessary to our well being to have a place where you can reflect upon your day, read, craft, pray , and meditate, write your goals, and just BE. When we don’t give ourselves the time for rest and reflection, it’s easy to get information overload, and have too many thoughts, conversations, and shoulds running across our brain. I’m not sure what Isaiah meant by wicked, except that the restless, or agitated mind is disconnected from Source, and we forget our true essence of our oneness with Source , or God. Once you’ve carved out your zone of tranquility, or sacred space, make a point to spend at least 15 minutes per day just sitting with yourself, in the silence, listening to soft music, or just the sounds outside your window. You deserve it! Let’s start a movement where we make our homes a haven, a retreat from the world, where we take time to connect with Source , and send out our prayers of love and peace to everyone! Practice Ho’oponopono…. I love you, I’m sorry, please forgive me, Thankyou. To Be Continued…….Using my Zone of Tranquility….