I often felt claustrophobic as a child. When the space was too small, when there was too much "stuff" in it, I felt like I wanted to crawl out of my skin.
Today, I just so happen to like small spaces, so I've grown out of my childish ways. But I still can't deal with too much "stuff." I like my living spaces neat and tidy—not compulsively so—just balanced. Upon closer look you might even find a dust bunny or two lurking in the corners. Dust particles, yes. Piles of stuff, no.
Here's why. I like to feel "clear" inside of myself, as if the doors and windows are open for "the new" to enter freely, and for what needs to leave to exit without struggle. Or impediment. Or tripping over too much inner furniture ...
I am also a highly creative person. There are a myriad of ideas that go through my mind each day, and if there is a lot of "stuff" inside of me, this can't happen. The ideas get all tangled up and stuck in dark messy corners.
What I've noticed over the years is that having my exterior space clutter-free keeps my mind clutter-free too. When piles start to build and stuff stacks up on counter tops and dressers, my mind gets discombobulated—agitated at times, sluggish at others.
Keeping my home space clear feels like a sacred act to me. It is also an act of good self-care. As I take care of my home, I am taking care of my mind—and especially my ability to create.
Zen teacher, John Daido Loori, described the importance of such sacred space this way:
"The sacred space within your household is the heart of everything else that follows. That space doesn't need to be elaborate. It's just a place that you can go to that creates a kind of attitude of mind that's conducive to centering yourself and coming home to your practice."
It's nearly Spring in the northern hemisphere. The perfect time to re-examine your personal space. When you take a closer look at it, how does it make you feel?
Welcoming or closed off? Openhearted or shut down? Creative or stagnant?
Your personal space is truly a reflection of the inner you. And discovering and expressing the inner you--your truest sacred self—is what life is all about.
Beginning with going through that stack of papers in the corner. And the drawer that keeps getting stuck because there are too many utensils in it. Or the closet in which you can't seem to find anything ...
Clear your space. Rededicate it. Make it sacred. Find your true self again.
Join me on on Wed. April 2 for a "Spiritual Health In-Venture,"Creating Sacred Space in Your Home and in Your Heart."
It's a one-of-a-kind tele-seminar to help you reclaim the Sacred in your physical space and within yourself. Every woman needs the blessing of a living environment that feels welcoming and beautiful. As women, we also need sacred space WITHIN us; an inner landscape that welcomes in the Holy. Join me for an enlivening and practical evening where we'll tend to all aspects of your "Home" so that sacred energy infuses you AND your surroundings each and every day. I hope you will join me! Learn more and read program syllabus.
is a touchpoint. a resting place, a "remembering" of who we really are and how we can best live—kindly and compassionately with ourselves and others.
Janice Lynne Lundy, DMin
is an educator, interspiritual director/guide and retreat leader who has been pointing people back toward the Sacred for more than twenty years. She is the author of several spiritual growth books, including Your Truest Self, My Deepest Me and Portable Peace., and is the co-founder and co-director of the Spiritual Guidance Training Institute.