Saturday, June 8, 2013

Spiritual Practice: De Clutter

De clutter

Subtraction becomes a catalyst to gratitude.

The most important part of decluttering your life is leaving empty space. Our lives are way too cluttered with things, activities, obligations. We over fill our calendars and our lives.

Practice: I was introduced a long time ago to the art of "whatever comes up" (WCU). Every day, even in work, you leave space for WCU. This type of space is filled with unplanned soulversations, walks in nature and play time. When we allow for WCU time, we find that more time to be. More time for breathing, new possibilities, and more time for growing. Start by imagining a whole day of WCU. How can you see it unfold? What can you see filling it? Then try planning for 10 minutes a day of WCU until you can expand to a whole day.

We need openness in our life.

Spiritual Practice: Make A Cup of Tea

The art of making tea can be a spiritual practice. As the water boils, hold the empty cup in your hands and gaze into the empty space that is there. See all the room the cup has for filling. 

Now imagine that empty cup is a symbol of your being. Space for filling by spirit. Hold the empty cup up in a gesture to spirit and ask for it to be filled, filled with all the blessings and abundance that Spirit has to offer.

Make your tea and as it steeps, gaze at the cup as a full container. Full of blessings and sweetness of life. As you drink the tea notice how it fills the empty space within and notice how there is always more.

Have nothing in your houses 

that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.

William Morris

A Zen story. A university professor goes to have tea with a teacher. The teacher pours the visitor's cup full and then keeps on pouring. The professor watches the overflow until he can no longer restrain himself. "It is overfull. No more will go in!"

The teacher responds: "Like this cup, you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen

unless you first empty your cup?"

We all fill our cups with expectations, perceptions, and assumptions. We all have prejudices and opinions that we believe to be truths. We believe we know what we need or want. The spiritual practice of decluttering and making space asks us to be open for change, open for new, and open for guidance from spirit.

The greatest step towards a 

life of simplicity is to learn to 

let go. 

Steve Maraboli

How many things are there which I do not want?


  • dreams swirling in your head not acted upon
  • toleration of breaking your own ethics
  • unhealthy relationships
  • addictive behaviors 
  • mental chaos

When we declutter one area in our life, it becomes simpler to declutter all areas of life. When you declutter you clear out whatever no longer serves you. This creates space for the blessings. The simple act of beginning starts a new set of habits.