“To the man who is afraid everything rustles.” Sophocles, c. 496-406 B.C.
We are living in unprecedented and chaotic times. The current coronavirus pandemic has many people living in a constant state of fear and panic. People are hoarding, hoarding things. Store clerks can’t keep the shelves stocked.
Fear seems to be running the show. People are afraid of getting the coronavirus, they’re afraid of their loved ones getting the coronavirus, they’re afraid of running out of food, they’re afraid of running out of medical supplies, they’re afraid of running out of toilet paper! The list of fears go on and on.
With fear in charge, how do you tame the chaos? How do you calm the storm? The answer is simple. You start within. You begin with yourself first. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
At this unique time in history, we are being called to take a deep dive within ourselves. When everything in nature is bursting forth with new life, we are asked to slow down and go within.
How are you using this time that you’ve been given? How are you filling your days? Where is your attention now that you’ve been ordered to shelter in place? Is your attention on your things? Remember, things are just … things. Things are not healthy relationships, they are not security, they are not strength. And often they are obstacles to enjoying the gifts of life.
Here are a few simple tips. When you practice these on a regular basis you will tame the chaos and experience peace of heart and mind.
First, make time on a daily basis and connect with yourself. Whatever that looks like to you – get connected and make it a habit. From disconnection comes fear. When we connect, strength and security replace fear.
Second, practice allowing whatever is in each moment to be in that moment. It’s what I call Allowing the Now. Our experience of each moment is what we have. When we can be in a state of allowing, we can trust and in that state we are free from fear.
Third, while we all shelter in place, this is your chance to turn your home into the calm sanctuary you have always wanted it to be. Opportunity is yours! It’s really quite simple, decluttering your life of anything that no longer serves you will bring you that calm you long for and cherish. It’s your birthright to experience happiness and abundance in every area of your life. Clutter is anything that keeps you from achieving that goal. Think about it. How many times when thinking about getting rid of an object, any object, you’ve said “I’m afraid I’ll need it.”? There it is. Fear!
So, start by letting go. Let go of resentments, fears and repressed emotions. Purge the piles that have been accumulating. Let go of toxic relationships in your life. Start decluttering somewhere, anywhere, everywhere. Make space for the magic to happen and fill your life – and leave no room for fear.
Don’t let everything rustle …
Mel Robertson is a De-Clutter Expert & Coach and can be reached at info@declutteringspaces .com.
Last modified: May 28, 2020