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October in Iowa is absolutely my favorite time of the year. The beauty that spreads before us in the changing of the leaves is something that I just can’t get enough of. Today I was practicing a technique I learned as student of the Clairvision School of Meditation – tuning into living things and sensing their etheric (aka layer of life force) when something about the trees and leaves really struck me. While tuning into the colored leaves, just about ready to drop, I felt a sense of excitement from the leaves. This surprised me a little bit, so I sat and tuned in further. What I sensed was that the leaves were having their last hurrah before moving into the next phase of their existence, and they felt great about it. A part of the leaves couldn’t wait to become compost and then do the wonderful things that compost does for the other living things in this world. Then I tuned more deeply into the trunk, branches, and roots of the tree. There was a great sense of calm, and even peace, in the rest of the tree – there was absolutely no worry about what would happen over the winter, no worry about whether more leaves would grow next year. To me it almost felt like the tree was sighing, very gently letting go into the next phase of its life, easing its way into the resting period of winter. Then it struck me – this could really … Continue reading
4 Reasons to Feel Gratitude When Being Forced to Deal with Clutter Because of a Household Maintenance Project
I have a secret to tell you – sometimes I put off dealing with my own clutter too. I’d been meaning to sort out my work closet for a couple months now, but I was always able to find an excuse why I didn’t “need” (read: want) to do it. But then we decided to finally get our bathroom ceiling fan replaced, and the electrician told me he would more than likely need access to our attic in order to install it properly. Part of me cringed – the access to our attic space is through my work closet, which meant I was going to have to pull everything out of there, whether I liked it or not. But I decided to make the best of it because it was starting to become a bit more difficult than I thought it should be to find the things I was looking for in there anyway. My work closet is actually quite small, about 2.5 feet wide and 3 feet deep, plus the bottom 2 feet of the space is just a platform – not usable space. What this amounts to is that I’ve had to very carefully orchestrate how everything fits in there and be diligent about not creating more clutter. Plus, my small office serves a two-fold purpose. Not only do I use the computer, do my radio shows, and talk on the phone in there, but when I have clients come over for BEST, I have to fold down … Continue reading