Were you aware of a change in your energy level? Were you aware of how the room feels? Were you aware of yourself being aware? No one would argue that most of us do too much or have more possessions than we need. Or both.
Your Spacious Self Clear the Clutter & Discover Who You Are
With our lives swept up in a swirl of attachments, worry, and endless, mechanical "doing," our minds become fuzzy on what stays and what goes, what matters and what doesn't. As humans, it is in our nature to experience clarity and spaciousness all the time. The problem is that we lose focus, get off balance, and forget how.
So how do we dial it back or even begin to reduce the noise, release the stuff that doesn't serve and support us, and connect with that which makes our hearts sing? No matter how minuscule the task or effort, the fact is that clearing anything consciously and gently, as this book teaches, creates an energetic opening—a spaciousness—that will work on you slowly and surely to soften your attachments to things, beliefs, and outcomes. Whether your clutter challenge is the stuff spilling out of the closet or the noise spinning around in your head, or both, here's what I know for sure—distilled to its bare essence:.
In the end, it is not about tackling the unsightly messes, the boxes of whoknows-what mildewing in the basement, or the clothes that don't fit. It's not about the mountain of mail, the emails that invade your inbox, or the pile of medical bills that the insurance company refuses to cover. It's not about the car that needs new tires, the crazy-ass housemate who won't turn her music down, or the neighborhood dog that barks all night. It's not about the despair you feel over the dishes that no one bothers to wash and put away, the to-do lists that get longer by the second, or the fact that you have zero time for yourself.
It's not about the hopelessness you feel, your inability to say no, or the fear of someone discovering your dark secret. It is the space between the problem and the solution where the real juice is, where the real clearing happens. And the only way to release what isn't working for you is to enter that sometimes-scary zone called feeling. We do not need fixing. The core of our being is not broken. We humans are simply out of touch with our true selves and out of balance. And, by extension, our homes and world are out of balance because we are. Not the other way around.
When you can allow feelings to arise in all their messy glory without fixing or judging or personalizing, that is when the clutter you experience "out there"—in your home and life—magically melts away. No matter what your clutter challenge is, as you practice clearing in this way, you'll begin to notice some shifts taking place in your life. Who knows what that might look like for you.
It might start as a tiny peephole of space that wasn't there before. An ah-ha. A kindness. A quieter dog. A surprise check in the mail. Less junk mail. Fewer pounds. A job offer.
Fewer buttons getting pressed. Better sleep. More energy. More joy. To the degree that you can see clearing as an adventure—a Hero's Journey, of sorts, that will take you places within yourself that you've never experienced before—here are some ways to gain the most from your experience. As you probably already know, or will soon discover, clearing anything has a sneaky habit of pressing our buttons and bringing up what I affectionately call the "weather.
The Clearing Practices and the open-ended statements in the Clearing Journals are designed specifically to pinpoint and "needle" areas of stuckness, limiting beliefs, and resisting patterns in your life so that you can name them, feel them, and let them go —for good. If you are a take-charge, "doing" machine, the practices in this book might take a little getting used to. Don't be fooled by their simplicity.
If the slow-drip model offered in this book feels grossly inadequate next to your Mount Everest of stress and stuff, take heart. The heart knows. The chattering, grasping mind—what the Buddhists call the "monkey mind"—is not equipped to deal at the level that is required. It will help a lot to set clear boundaries: Limit the time you spend on each lesson and practice; stop immediately and exercise self-care whenever you feel tired and hungry. Drink a lot of water, as clearing is very dehydrating. Set a timer if you need help managing your time and energy level. Most of all, keep it simple and follow your "knows.
Writing down your experiences dreams, synchronicities, ah-has is one of the most powerful ways I know to acknowledge and mark the shifts that are occurring in your life as you clear, especially when it feels at first like not much is changing. As one of my students shared: "I have a hard time having my journal by my side, taking myself seriously enough to do the lessons. Today something clicked. I wrote and wrote. All the questions leading to one answer— It's a way out! Start your journey with a brand-new journal, notebook, or blank book. Use it to complete the daily contemplations, set intentions, integrate key principles, explore questions, gather your thoughts, and brainstorm ideas.
Your Spacious Self - SpaceClear | Home to Your Spacious Self | Stephanie Bennett Vogt
Best of all, when you use it especially at the end of each chapter or day to download, vent, wonder, noodle, integrate, reflect upon, off-gas—anything that is going on for you—you will be releasing loads of mental and emotional clutter! In this journey, there are two things you can almost count on: First, there is no way to predict what will happen as you clear; and second, no matter how good your intentions may be, if there is a monkey mind lurking in your head space, it is easy to fall off the wagon, get discouraged—or plain lost.
For that reason I am including these reminders to help bring you back. Write them down in your journal or on a Post-it note. If you can remember to adopt these guiding principles as part of your daily practice, I can almost guarantee that you will clear more stress and clutter than you ever imagined possible. Enter your life with wonder and curiosity.
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Behind our stress, clutter, and confusion is an infinitely spacious place one might call stillness or joy. This is our natural state of being, but we usually don't experience it, because we are caught in a web of material possessions, desires, and fears. Our clutter often becomes another member of the family that we feed, house, and lug around.
In Your Spacious Self , author and professional space clearing expert Stephanie Bennett Vogt shows us that it's not our stuff but the holding on to it that creates a force field of stuck-ness that clouds our perceptions and paralyzes our lives. Clutter is not just the junk spilling out of the closet. It is anything or thought that prevents us from experiencing who we truly are.
It teaches us that clearing is not just something we do but is also a powerful way to be--one small step, drawer, or moment at a time. It takes those daily and sometimes annoying tasks in home tending and transforms them into an experience that will open your heart and feed your soul. Stephanie Bennett Vogt's kind, wise, and honest teachings will guide and keep by you for a long time. Her clearing practices are worth the price of the book.
I highly recommend it.