Today, I did something many people dread doing.
Instead of getting any significant work done on my usual projects — including BigSkyRise —I spent the day cleaning up.
Oddly enough, I actually enjoyed doing it too. (Learning to enjoy cleaning is a story for another day though.)
A few times each year, my wife and I do a deep cleaning of our living space. Generally, these times are Chinese/Lunar New Year, spring, fall, and before guests visit.
Of course, we also do a deep cleaning when we move in and out of a place… which we do frequently. (We like to explore our world.)
Culture’s message on cleaning
Most cultures have various times where it is customary to clean up.
In the US the phrase “Spring cleaning” is well known.
In Chinese tradition, you clean up before the Chinese New Year to clear out all of the built up cruft, allowing you to start the new year fresh. (This is what spurred this post)
Clean up your world, clean up your mind
Regardless of the culture and the social bases, there is a very good reason for each of us to thoroughly clean up… at least every once in a while.
The short of it is, your environment impacts you. It alters your emotions, mind, and outlook in subtle and profound ways.
Of course, through mindfulness training we gain control of the environment’s impact on us. While we train though, altering our environment for the better helps us in numerous ways.
In a sense, cleaning up is showing respect for your environment, and also showing respect for yourself.
Through cleaning, you take control of an aspect of your environment and world. You give yourself a reset, and a point of refreshment.
Cleaning up your environment cleans up your head.
By cleaning, you create and then enjoy a fresh, open, relaxing feeling and cast away the built up baggage in your world.
My clean up story
Post cleaning, my environment is now fresh, lighter, open, relaxing, and inspiring to be in.
Breathing feels easier, I’m refreshed and more energized.
The results are a pleasure to enjoy.
At the same time, the process itself holds many benefits when we learn the proper approach and perspective to cleaning. Plus, at the very least, it’s a good way to get some exercise and burn some calories.
When we take care of and clean up our environment, we take care of ourselves.
Our environments affect us in great ways, and often on subconscious levels.
While training ourselves in mindfulness helps us gain control of the environment’s impact on us, altering our environment for the better helps us as we learn.
Plus, it can be enjoyable, and is good for us to do.
Actions to take:
- Take care of your environment.
- Take care of yourself.
Fellow Journeyer @ BigSkyRise
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