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Imagination

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I gave a workshop in Organizing with Kids for parents yesterday. I emphasized that, depending on a child’s innate learning style, organizing may look different for each child, and may look different from their parents way of organizing. As long as we can find what we’re looking for when we need it, in a reasonable amount of time, it doesn’t matter so much if we use a filing cabinet, or a “pile on the desk “system.

As long as we’re honoring our commitments and living the life we dream of, it doesn’t matter if we use a the iPhone 5, a paper planner, or the back of a receipt to track our appointments.

The question is, are we getting the results we want from our organizing system? Do we have a system that works for us? If not, we need to trust our creativity + commitment to working it out + support, if needed, will get us there.

Many people hope a professional organizer, magazine or You Tube video will hand them a perfect system that will cure clutter and time management issues. If you are working with a new system, keep connecting to it’s purpose, and know that we must continue to work a system in order for it to work. Try it for a while (90 days is a good indicator of when a new habit sets in, or old one gets let go)  before giving up. Give yourself evaluation periods to ask, what’s working? What’s not…..and never doubt your own imagination and creativity in finding solutions that work for you….

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source: Courage to Change, page 41

Creativity is a powerful way to celebrate who we are. It is spiritual energy that nourishes our vitality. It is a way to replace negative thinking with positive action.

Every one of us is brimming with imagination, but it often takes practice to find it and put it to use. Yet anything we do in a new way can be creative–building a bookcase, trying a new seasoning on a vegetable, taking a new approach to handling finances, finger painting, problem-solving, tapping out a rhythm on a tabletop. Creative energy is within us and all around us, whether we are writing a masterpiece or folding the laundry.

Every original act asserts our commitment to living… When we create, we plant ourselves firmly in the moment and teach ourselves that what we do matters.

Today’s reminder
Today I will make use of the precious gift of imagination. Thus I will turn away from negativity, self-doubt, and fear, and celebrate life instead.

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If we spend too much time looking in the rear-view mirror, we may miss the beauty right in front of us.

Students and “Thank You”

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Students and “Thank You”.

Love Is

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“Love is not something we give. Love is not something we get. Love is simply something that IS. Love is seeing what is just as it is. Love is accepting what is just as it is (although whether we choose to ‘accept’ it or not, things ‘is’ still exactly as they ‘is’.

This Valentine’s Day, let’s see if we can remember that we ARE love. Wherever we are, with whomever and whatever we encounter, let’s BE love by seeing our beloved, our friends, the world, our circumstances, EXACTLY AS THEY ARE. (And of course this means feeling EXACTLY the sensations we experience when we see things exactly as they are.)
LOVE IS. On Valentine’s Day; On sad days; On happy days; On easy days; On hard days; With people we like; With people we don’t like. LOVE IS.”
courtesy of David Friedman, founder of the “Thought Exchange”; courtesy Jerry R.

Clutter Conversations

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Our stuff holds stories.

We dialogue with our stuff.

Sometimes the conversations we have with our stuff are the conversations of the past, of stuckness, of holding back.

We human beings project feelings, beliefs and past experiences onto people, places and things.

Sometimes we experience inner conflict, resistance and fear of letting go of stuff.

What are we holding on to, really? Is it really the object? Or is it the memory, belief or ego significance it holds?

If we don’t look consciously beyond the surface, we may stay stuck.

Clare Cooper Marcus, in House as Mirror of Self: Exploring the Deeper Meaning of Home, encourages a conscious house as mirordialogue with your walls, floors and furniture. Using psychodrama techniques, we can uncover the aspects of ourselves and ego we’ve given to our environment to hold for us. In bringing these aspects out to examine, healing can occur. In speaking to your walls (or possessions), let them speak back. They may tell you something it’s been hard to hear, or wonderful to hear. Through this exploration, we may discover gratitude for the bond we’ve created with our environments and possessions. We may also loosen negative attachment to what we no longer need.

Clare emphasizes finding space for our souls to breathe in our environments.

Life is now. I’ve come to believe that when we are living in integrity, love, and in committed action toward what matters to us, the significance of our belongings diminishes.  Our dialogues may reveal actions we need to take to bring us to that place of integrity, love and committed action. Let the feedback be a guide.

 

 

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I see beyond my clutter. I see the orderliness that lies within.

—Affirmations for Clutterers from Clutterless.org

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Sometimes clutter can be an outward manifestation of ways we try to block and hide what we know for ourselves to be true, even if the truth reveals our dreams.

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The ARTIST’S WAY-A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, by Julia Cameron, page 193 & 194

“Creativity requires faith. Faith requires that we relinquish control. This is frightening, and we resist it. Our resistance to our creativity is a form of self-destruction. We throw up roadblocks [i.e. clutter] on our own path. Why do we do this? In order to maintain an illusion of control. Depression, like anger and anxiety, is resistance, and it creates dis-ease. This manifests itself as sluggishness, confusion, “I don’t know…”

The truth is, we know and we know that we know.

Each of us has an inner dream that we can unfold if we will just have the courage to admit what it is. And the faith to trust our own admission. The admitting is often very difficult. A clearing affirmation can often open the channel. One excellent one is “I know the things I know.” Another is “I trust my own inner guide.” Either of these will eventually yield us a sense of our own direction–which we will often then promptly resist!

This resistance is really very understandable. We are not accustomed to thinking that God’s will for us and our own inner dreams can coincide. Instead, we have bought the message of our culture: this world is a vale of tears and we are meant to be dutiful and then die. The truth is that we are meant to be bountiful and live. The universe will always support affirmative action. Our truest dream for ourselves is always God’s will for us…

There is a path for each of us. When we are on our right path, we have a surefootedness. We know the next right path, we have surefootedness. We know the next right action–although not necessarily what is just around the bend. By trusting, we learn to trust.”

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