How To Clean Up The Emotional Clutter & Clear Spiritual Negativity
Do you have a closet or a drawer that just seems to collect things? Once a year or once a season (or, if you’re my friend’s mom, once a week!), it feels good to go through that drawer or closet and clean it out. You might find something you thought you’d lost, and there will probably be a lot of things you can recycle, donate or toss. There’s a feeling of lightness without all that extra clutter. Well, the same thing happens inside your head and in your soul! You accumulate emotional clutter, and every so often, it’s time to clean out your emotional closet and do a spiritual clearing-out!
Sort Out Your Feelings.
One way to start a spiritual cleanup is to pull out a good old pen and paper and start writing. Writing out things that are bothering you, things you wish were different can help you process all kinds of stuff. Maybe there’s someone you’re just not getting along with. Write about it. Write about what’s bothering you…and try to figure out why it’s bothering you. Here’s a hint. It’s sometimes not about the other person at all. Write about what you’re afraid of and the things you’re sad about.
Dive In Deep.
The same way you might divide a closet into things to keep, give away, recycle and trash, you can do the same thing spiritually. Make four columns. What are feelings, thoughts, ideas that bring you joy? Keep them. Maybe there are some things that used to be useful to you but just don’t fit your life anymore. Give those away by sharing the experiences with someone else. And then there are things that just don’t help and even hurt us. Get rid of them! The trash heap should include anything that doesn’t make you feel good about yourself, the negative self-talk, over-worrying, piles of fear. Put those in the bin and let them go!
You can also use meditation as a way to start or work through your spiritual cleanup. Meditation is a practice of quieting your mind, clearing your thoughts and becoming one with your body, mind and spirit. Take some time to reflect on a troubling issue either before or after you’ve written about it. You’ll be surprised how much more clarity you’ll get just from a bit of quiet.
Request Divine Assistance.
Spiritual cleanup is not easy. It’s a lot of work. But you don’t have to do it alone. Call on your spiritual guide to help you. Maybe even create a “Spirit Box.” It can be as fancy or as simple as you want it to be. When there’s something you know isn’t great for you, but you just can’t seem to let it go, write it down on a small piece of paper, fold up the paper and put it in the box. You might eventually try creating a ritual to let go. When you’re ready, burn the papers, bury them in the backyard while saying a positive affirmation. However you chose to handle it, releasing those things to Spirit can help us let them go.
And when you’ve done the work, take a moment to appreciate the lightness in your spirit from a job well done!
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