Thursday, March 17, 2005


Bless Your Mess

It is empowering to realize your clutter--every sheet of paper, every collectible Pez dispenser and pair of sneakers--is there because you put it there (or allowed someone else to do so), because with this comes the realization that you can also shift it, dispose of it, or pass it to someone else. It came to be where it is because of your actions (or lack thereof). You have the power to undo the mess you made.

Schedule 10 minutes and get a stick of sage, a bell or a bowl of salt water (all purifying elements). Walk around your house and bless your mess. Look at the pile of bills you made. See the clear spot on the kitchen table! Notice your Leaning Tower of Book Piza. Check out the dust on the blinds, and the empty bathroom garbage can. Pass the sage, or the bowl over everything in its turn, or ring the bell near it to encourage the chi (energy) to flow, and to mark your acknowledgement of the item(s). Make sure to include the furniture, and the corners, open floorspace and ceiling!

Don't be surprised if this motivates you to get rid of, clean up or otherwise make big changes in your environment. I did this tonight and I can honestly say that if I didn't need to go teach in about 15 minutes, I would be knee deep in tossing and rearranging! This simple ritual energized me, and I am now chomping at the bit to get going!

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