Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Why Cleanliness is next to Godliness

Suzanne McDermott
Watercolor, 8 x 9 inches, 2011

Spring Cleaning

The Blank Page. The Clean Slate. All ready for a magical mark, the start of a new creation.

Wouldn't it be fabulous to set your life up in that state of open reception? Actually, you can. It takes work, willingness, faith, commitment and, as usual, practice.

Start where you are and clean up your crap. Clear space. Get rid of your clutter.

Any good coach will tell you that this is how to start creating change in your life. Intentional change is all about creativity and creativity thrives when you have space and clarity. Just google "clear clutter" and you'll find all sorts of supporting articles, tips and tools.

Because I wasn't ambulatory last year, I've been cutting back shrubs, pulling vines, digging roots and making a big pile of two years growth. The matured landscape is as amazing as the vigor of its wild nature.

I am simultaneously working from the outside in and the inside out. It's the perfect time for shaking out the winter dust, hosting a yard sale, donating to Goodwill and throwing away whatever is left. It's also the season for internal cleansing and detoxification. Drink lots of water with lemon. Drink lots of green juices.

Overwhelmed by the prospect of spring cleaning? So much stuff you don't know where to begin? Again, start where you are and use a timer. Set the timer at 30 minutes and just start. By the time the alarm sounds, you'll be well into your task.

The agony of procrastination is far more painful than any sorting and cleaning job.

Personally, I love order, cleanliness and clarity. Being human, I make messes and obfuscate. As an artist, I love the blank page. But if my environment is too messy, it can be difficult to make time with a clear mind to do good creative work.

I'm taking advantage of the season to do a Big Clean. The process alone of cleaning and clearing makes way for new growth, internally and externally. Cleaning up in a big way allows for big change. As you're going about your cleaning up, muse on what changes could make your life even more worth living. Make notes. Start dreaming.

God can shine through chaos but why not make things easier? Clean things up, clear things away, let the source of all creation shine through freely.

Cleanlinesswhether it is a mind free of racing thoughts, a room cleared of clutter, or a blank page awaiting its first markallows your spirit to shine right through.

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