When we're feeling anxious, we need to express . . . to release pent up energy, to allow for creativity. We are seekers of expression . . . and when we don't find healthy release or expression, we form unhealthy habits or addictions. We might smoke, eat, work, exercise, shop, curse, drink, or sleep to numb painful emotions. The mind needs to be busy so why not help it out by finding healthy expression? You might like dancing, piano playing, artistic expression or connecting by playing a game or doing some type of physical release. Cleaning and cooking are effective ways for releasing pent up energy but doing too much for others or too much of anything, for that matter, without recharging and nurturing the self, can leave us completely depleted . . . feeling frustrated, unappreciated, and stuck.
So, when we're feeling overwhelmed or cluttered, it's a good idea to purge. Just start purging your personal space. Take fifteen to thirty minutes to scan or look through your clothing, your books, and your personal possessions. Get an idea of what's what so you can decide to keep only those things that truly give you joy. The rest -- simply release. Thank those things that have been with you up until now and just let them go. Donate or have a yard sale.
As you begin releasing material attachments, you will feel lighter. Tossing the old creates new space for more closely examining what you've been covering up with stuff. Stuff muffles your true heart's desires. It's difficult to reveal how we're feeling when we're so overstuffed. Stuff keeps us trapped, it makes us feel stuck, frustrated, and maybe a little angry. When we are so looped in a negative cycle of saving or hoarding and organizing and re-organizing our stuff, we're left with no space to be -- to think clearly, to dream, to create, to feel. Instead, we feel irritable and blame ourselves for feeling low on energy, scattered, overwhelmed, and disorganized -- which can lead to feelings of sadness, anxiety, and depression.
Depression is the opposite of expression; it's pushing down what you really need to expel and express.
Our society, especially our schooling system, teaches suppression. Suppression of thought, emotions, and imagination are byproducts of living in a power structure with a system that must control the masses. Transcending today's oppressive forces can be quite overwhelming. But by learning how to focus within, by doing daily work to stay ahead of the clutter, you can get back in touch mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, realigning with your true Source of power to feel alive and in control. It's the little things that help us get back on our path, to get us back feeling attuned, back to feeling balanced and joyful -- It takes intentional effort. It's a simple step-by-step process. With willingness and determination to step into your true desires, you can feel in rhythm with life.
Life brings challenges or problems. . . . problems are opportunities to grow. Obstacles can oppress and agitate us or motivate and inspire us. If we can become of strong mind, especially by keeping our mind fixed upon God, we can learn how to focus upon those things that He wants us to do. We can begin doing all things -- in our mind, in our heart, with our hands, and with all of our energy - to align and attune with our higher Self.
God wants us to find happiness living on this earthly plane. Joy can enter in if we just let life breathe through us. By continuing on non-reactively, by not responding to every little thing, we can learn to send love to fear.
Love starts with slowing down and learning how to be gentle with ourselves. Love can help us overcome fear. It's only with self love that we can ease up and overcome the small stuff.
Every day is another test. Sometimes we get the lessons, sometimes we don't. If we don't judge; if we don't worry; If we can simply shut the mind off for just a little bit, we can start to begin opening the heart so that love may enter.
If we could try to live each day as though it's our last, we might better deal with each issue at hand. Each circumstance can be less haunting, every moment can be lived as though it's the only moment that matters. If we could open up our heart to the “present,” we might live more willingly, more excitedly, more passionately, without judgement and expectation, filled with hope for allowing life to unfold and lead the way.
Today, start tossing some old stuff. Begin by breathing consciously . . . allow positive thoughts to fill your mind. Find gratitude and appreciation. See each breath as a gift. Allow your breath to calm and ground you. Feel anchored in your truth. Feel calmer and be present for others. Become a silent witness. Listen for your inner voice, the whisper from Spirit. With patience and practice, feel the breath of life support you. Allow life to completely unwrap itself. Open up. Fill yourself with the highest energy, complete acceptance and appreciation.
Life is richly delicious. Refuse to waste precious moment stewing over the past, stirring up regrets, or anticipating unnecessarily about the future. Instead, step into faith, stay in the present and meet life right from where you are. For where you are in this very moment is to be fully alive.
So if you feel like it, purge. If you don't, breathe. Accept things as they come. Allow. Savor it all. Taste the sweetness. Taste the bitterness. Taste it all.
Open your heart. Open up and enjoy the"present".