Hello SOTGC community,
Here is another amazing post from Jenn Laurent.
As I prepare to move and downsize once again, I find myself in the midst of the clutter that I seem to have somehow again built up around me. This is the third time I am moving in the past two years, each time into a smaller space, and yet I still have so much stuff to dispose of. As I think about the amount of things I must have had before that first move I can’t help but laugh at myself, as well as get this feeling of freedom for all I have let go. In all honesty, I can’t even remember what most of these material items that once seemed so important to me even were.
I walk around my house now and there are things that fill the shelves and closets that I have not looked at in years. There are certain items that remain in the boxes they were packed in almost 2 years ago. There is stuff everywhere and most of it, completely unnecessary. Even though I have gone through this process quite a few times thus far, I am still finding some difficulty in parting with my stuff. So, me being the person that I am, I have decided to take a deeper look at why this might be.
How do we seem to collect so many things and then somehow convince ourselves that these are things we need and cannot live without?
I think that it all comes down to our dear and good friend yet again, the ego. Our egos love to take over and convince us of the importance of the things around us. As we acquire and attach to material things, our egos begin to feel more important, somehow seeing these things as validation for positive feelings, success, and achievements in our lives. Maybe it’s a feeling, a memory, or some sort of definition from society we have grown to believe, but fears can start to arise about losing whatever it is our things represent. We need to hold on tight otherwise…
The very thing we are trying so hard to hold onto is actually present within us.
As we begin to have the courage to let go of attachment and remove the clutter from our lives, we begin to see that everything we held so tightly to was truly not necessary. Everything that truly matters and all that is important is forever imprinted in our hearts’ eye. Memories, emotions, transformations, hopes, and dreams are all there for us any time we choose to access them. We can find peace and quiet, close our eyes, and center on our hearts to connect with the truth behind the clutter. We simply do not need these things, as everything we need is right there within us. And maybe, just maybe, this clutter actually serves as a barrier, disconnecting us from the authenticity waiting to be felt in our hearts.