Much of my wellness journey involves the power of more — more water, vegetables, movement, rest, fun.
But there’s also value in clearing away the unnecessary to create space for the more.
Yoga Teaches Us to Clear Clutter
Yoga emphasizes thoughtful attention — partly by creating focus on a single point, partly by eliminating distractions.
- We close our eyes and direct our thoughts and attention to our breath alone.
- We resist the urge to allow our gaze to wander and instead focus on a single point (drishti).
- We strike a power pose and eliminate unnecessary muscular effort.
The practice acknowledges the distractions do exist and disciplines us to remove (or ignore) them in order to focus.
I’m not sure which came first: the desperation of exhaustion motivating me to clear the unnecessary, or the subtle influence of my yoga practice to simplify my internal and external world.
Either way, I’m becoming more aware of clutter’s many forms and have been removing them, little by little.
- Physical. The closet full of unused clothing. The bathroom cupboard of make up samples, scrunchies, anti-aging cream. Dear lord. How much money have I spent on stuff to organize the stuff that I don’t use?
- Digital. The ridiculous inbox. Need I say more?
- Audible. The phone that dings with instagram notifications, calendar invites, and reminders. The TV that plays in the background; the car radio. Noise. Noise. Noise.
- Mental. The busy and scattered thoughts that influence our emotions and distract our focus. This one is trickier, because we really do have to use our minds. But do we have control over our mind? Oh dear….
- Temporal. The over scheduled days without time to pause and breathe. I don’t know about you, but this does not add to my quality of life.
Some of these forms are visible, reminding us of everything that is undone. Some of the are hidden, silently stealing space and energy.
I haven’t missed one piece of clothing that I purged. I sit here in silence. My phone only makes noise when someone calls me. My inbox has five emails. I have a few unscheduled hours today. Silly examples, but you get the point.
Believe me, I’m not perfect. I have to resist the urge to check Facebook as we type. Sigh….
What does your clutter look like? What toll does it take on you? Which type of clutter bothers you the most? How can you whittle away at it? How do you clear clutter?