What kind of state is your home and work space in? Does it look like a tornado has gone through? Do you have flat-surfaceitis like I do? Is it neat and tidy?
So often, I find that the state of my home, work space, car, etc. is a direct reflection of my mind and I see this with my clients, as well. A clean and tidy area means a calm and peaceful state of being, and a cluttered place means a scattered presence. One seems to follow the other, but which came first: the cluttered physical area or the cluttered mind?
Quiet your Space and Quiet your Mind
So what to do when it’s all so overwhelming and finding a place to start seems just as easy as scaling a mountain for the first time? There are two options, depending on how defeated you’re feeling. If you are super-motivated and gung-ho then start with the area where you spend the most time. This may be your car, your work space, your kitchen, etc. If the thought of all this sends you to the couch to hide under a blanket then you’ll want to start small with just one spot, maybe your nightstand or your bag.
Clear it out, wipe it off, shine it up.
Then keep going. Not right away, not all at once, but keep plugging away at it and watch not only your physical space get clean and organized, but your mind space as well. Bit by bit, you will be able to think more clearly, your temper fuse will grow, you will be happier, and you will find peace.
The Flip Side
And then there’s the other side of the coin. Are you overly focused on neatness and tidiness? That says just as much about your mind space as being a dirt ball.
Chances are, if you’re holding on so tightly to having a clean and organized space then you’re also holding on too tightly to other things. In this case, you need to loosen up a little.
To start small, play in the dirt: either in the sand or do some gardening. To really get going, let one thing go that would normally make you anxious. See how long you can forget about it: it will always be there later.
No matter what side of the fence you’re on, the problem and goal is the same. A balanced living space gives balance to the mind.