I was talking with my friend Regina about mindful manifestation. Regina is a professional organizer and authored one of my favorite books on the subject of "decluttering". Like me, she's also a teacher and combined we've accumulated hundreds of hours practicing and teaching different approaches to the creative process. When we get together we compare notes to see what’s is and isn’t working with our students.
We both agree that one CRUCIALLY important step when creating change is the process of decluttering our hearts, minds, and living spaces so we can experience lasting results. If we don’t make space, then where can we put something new? This applies not only to our actual living space but to our thinking and emotions too.
Have you ever had the experience of rearranging a room and making a bunch of space, bringing boxes of stuff to your favorite donation spot? Doesn't it feel like you're in a different room with a totally different feel? It took me years to get organized. What I found was the more organized I became, the more room Spirit had to play in. Now, I LOVE structure because it gives me so much freedom! (This is a great tip if you're committed to making changes with your finances.)
Here's two questions for you: what's taking up space in your life that's no longer serving you? What are you willing to release so you can experience a greater sense of spaciousness and freedom?
It's ok to clear space ... just to clear space! Regina taught me that there's no rule that says you must make room for something new, it's okay to just be open.
When I let something go that's no longer serving me, whether it be an outdated way of thinking, an unloving habit, or stuff around the house, I feel less distracted and more present to what's happening around me. And in this spaciousness of the present moment anything is possible.
Suggested Practice: Clear out something in your home. This can be a closet, a room, a drawer. As you do this practice, take note of how you feel before, during, and after. If you feel good, continue to do this process until you feel complete. See how open and organized you can allow yourself to be.
Jesse Brune-Horan is a Spiritual teacher and happy living expert. He's the co-founder & Spiritual director of Inspire Spiritual Community, a non-profit organization supporting the LGBTQ+ community. He's the host of the podcast "LGBTQ+ and Spiritual", and co-host of the lifestyle series "Super Easy with Jesse and Alison." He lives and Loves in Los Angeles with his husband Christopher and their family.