De-Clutter Your Spirit
by Christina Captain, DAOM, MSAOM, MSHN, MA
One of the ways to enhance our mental, spiritual and physical health is to de-clutter our spaces. Clearing the clutter that decorates our lives brings up anxiety when we consider the sheer volume of the task. Yet this task holds the possibility of truly opening our lives to new possibilities. As we let go of the materials that have been clogging our spaces, creating stagnation and negative emotion, we literally make space in our lives for fresh vital energy and opportunities to enter.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, our living spaces can be viewed much like the human body. At times, we are kind to our bodies, taking care to nourish and rest properly. At those times we feel vital and strong, ready to seize the day. Even when we consume substances that we know are not energizing and healthful to us, we still rely upon the body’s own ability to detoxify.
The body’s rhythmic activities of inhalation and exhalation reveal this beautiful dance of taking in and letting go from moment-to-moment. This dance sustains and nourishes us. If we continue to inhale without letting the breath go, we become completely restricted. There is no longer any movement possible. Clearing a space is just as important as allowing the breath to flow. In so doing, we release old attachments, obstacles and stagnation from all aspects of our lives.
Many people seek to balance the energy, or qi, of their spaces through the use of feng shui adjustments. Such feng shui cures can be amazing enhancements to one’s own home and life. However, the impact of most cures is greatly minimized by the impediment of clutter. Practically speaking, begin by asking yourself the following questions as you review your possessions.
- Is this item essential? Will I die without it?
- Will I use it, wear it, read it or listen to it in the next three months?
- Have I read it, used it worn it or listened to it in the last six months?
- Do I experience great pleasure just knowing I possess it?
If the answer to any of these questions is no, then let it go. Do yourself a favor this season and allow your space to exhale, to breath again. Let go of those piles of magazines and papers. Unload those dead flowers. Release that collection of clothes you’ve been saving for the day when they’ll fit again. Recycle those plastic bags jamming up your cabinet. Donate those piles of old shoes. Throw out those stray screws, nails, twist ties and erasers jamming up the kitchen drawer. Dare I mention the garage? Pardon the cliché, but when in doubt, throw it out. You can be sure, there will always be more and more and more where that came from.
Dr. Christina Captain is nationally board-certified by the National Commission for Certification in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She is the lead practitioner at the Family Healing Center which she founded in 2000. Dr. Captain is also an expert Feng Shui practitioner and teacher who studied under Nancilee Wydra of the Feng Shui Institute of America, before originating her own style, Essential Balance Feng Shui. Since this discipline is a branch of Oriental Medicine, she often blends Feng Shui principles into her treatment plans. Family Healing Center is located at 2650 Bahia Vista St., Suite 101, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-951-1119 or email [email protected]