The visual chaos that surrounds me is impeding my focus. I can remove myself and go to my studio or to a coffee shop to work, but I know it’s there. I come home to it and feel instant overwhelm. Everywhere I turn I see something to do–something to pick up, repair, organize, clean, or find a new home for. There is no doubt in my mind that the disorder in my mind is influenced by the disorder in my environment. Living with 4 other people is my justification for a house in disarray, although I’m sure that, as in the chicken and the egg story, it is quite possible that my phrenetic mind plays a role in my home’s current state.
It makes sense. I am seeking direction. I am seeking an outline for my ideas. I am seeking structure for my inspiration. I crave clarity for the path to manifestation of my dreams.
And I don’t get off on house cleaning. I kinda suck at it, actually. I like a clean house, but an orderly house is less important to me (usually). I believe we should live in our homes, and that we should use all our spaces. Creativity can be messy, and I adore creativity. But when the line is crossed from “active chaos” to “inactive chaos,” it’s time to give some love to my environment. I recall one of my favorite passages from a treasured book:
“We care for our homes by making them places where we can be ourselves. If this means we keep them in varying states of chaos, that is what we need. If this means our homes are tidy, but we can write our dreams on the walls, that is what we need.
Caring for our spaces doesn’t have to be drudgery. When we stop doing drudgery housework and start doing homecare, our homes become nurturing places where we and our family-folk can build strong selves capable of walking tall in the outside world.” (Ariel Gore, The Mother Trip)
So today I am going to dedicate some time to homecare. Knowing the feng shui layout of my home, I’m sure I’ll clearly see that clutter is gravitating to areas that relate to areas in my life that feel the most complicated. Something else to consider is, what’s piled up and stuffed in corners and swept under rugs in my psyche? Is it just my own crap, or is it ideas/opinions/standards that I’ve picked up from other people, or from society as a whole? As I sort my physical stuff in piles labeled “junk/recycle/donate,” what ideas/opinions/standards can I eliminate in the same fashion?
Mindful Design of Life and Home.
This is a practice, a way of life. Looking at my deepest desires and clearing the obstacles that are keeping me from living the most vibrant and abundant life I can imagine. Creating the spaces that support my goals and nurture my spirit. When I commit to simplifying my outer world, I welcome the clarity I desire. I’m making space for my wildest dreams to take root, and with care and attention, to bloom. When there is synchronicity in the energy within my body and the energy around my body, that is when I can really soar!
Look at the Bagua Map and find one area of your life that needs some care. Look at the corresponding location in your home and see if you notice the physical manifestation of chaos, or neglect, or dis-ease. Perform some homecare in this area with the loving intention of welcoming space for healthy, prosperous, nourishing energy to flow. Your intention is key–be gentle. Be kind. Have fun!