The Practical Psychology of Cleaning Your Room!
Natural Wisdom Principle: “As within so without.”
The environments we create are mirrors of our inner state of being. Besides being good hygiene, a ritual cleaning of your space is a way to send a message of dignity to your system. Consciously generating self-respect leads to a state of awesome deportment that positively impacts our communities.
Usually we think of self-care only as eating well, getting enough exercise or rest; or service to others as working at a soup kitchen. But maintaining an upright environment, inner and outer, is the way to authentic happiness, which radiates out as genuine public service in myriad forms.
Take a survey of your personal space. Is it lacking attention in the form of organization? Have you unconsciously contributed to the safe harbor of a horde of dust bunnies? Is that pile really serving the purpose for which you originally indented it? How about beautification? Living amidst beauty has a deep impact on our psyche. We may not all have the luxury of palatial mountain-view estates. But, we can all decorate with flowers, art, nice incense and a touch of care and attention.
The qualities of our environment impress upon our senses. We are in a continual, mutually informative relationship with the spaces we occupy. Modern architecture and psychology have recently discovered what many ancient cultures (Vastu from India, Feng Shui from China) have carried as the backbone of their living schemas: environments can be a source of enlightened inspiration or enable our unsavory karmic proclivities.
The spaces we inhabit can inspire us to feel more whole, sane, relaxed and unencumbered – or the opposite. The natural law of “like attracts like” is always at effect. Meaning that dense, cluttered, disorganized spaces invite dense, cluttered and disorganized body-minds (and from a more shamanic perspective, spirits). Light, clean, beautiful spaces invite and inspire similar states of being.
Considering this, give your room, office and house a good dusting. Better yet also take the time to empty the trash, fold and find a proper place for everything in the room. Make a vow to make your bed in the morning and wash your sheets at least once a week. We suggest taking it a step further and consciously ritualizing the maintenance of the space you inhabit, making it into a home. This simple practice, upheld consistently, will pay amazing dividends for your peace of mind and enjoyment of life.
* When addressing your own personal space it might be interesting to consider the interaction of the 5 elements in your room/house and in your body-mind. For that I refer you to Yogi’s article: Health and Happiness: Harmonizing the Five Elements.
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