I did a big clean and de-clutter last week in my house. As much as it was impromptu its pretty common for me to do so, annually, right after the girls go back to school. Its like re-booting the house after the summer holidays and refreshing the space to start the new school year.
I believe its circadian/seasonal as well, spring cleaning in anticipation of warmer weather; and fall cleaning in anticipation of spending more time indoors.
The one thing I’ve always felt is that when I get engrossed in doing a physical de-clutter I always am able to de-clutter things that are on my mind. After taking nearly two weeks of holidays in August, I came back to my desk with a plethora of ideas and inspiration.
But when good thoughts and good energy turn to too many thoughts and begin to breed not so good energy I didn’t hesitate when I woke up inspired to stay away from my computer and focus on my home.
I’ve always likened my experience of doing a big clean as meditative or meditation-like; however when I decide to back up my claim I’ve renamed it “meditation-lite”.
Meditation is a word that has come to be used loosely and inaccurately in the modern world. That is why there is so much confusion about how to practice it. Some people use the word meditate when they mean thinking or contemplating; others use it to refer to daydreaming or fantasizing. However, meditation (dhyana) is not any of these.
Meditation is a precise technique for resting the mind and attaining a state of consciousness that is totally different from the normal waking state. It is the means for fathoming all the levels of ourselves and finally experiencing the center of consciousness within. ~~excerpt from Yoga International
I stand corrected, however, doing something physical, practical, productive and possibly mundane, it allowed me to quiet my mind and for expanses of time my dominant thought was “Okay, where shall I clean next?”
I’ve even felt I received the perks of meditation while staring out the window at the horizon or scenery on a road trip (as a passenger of course), hand washing dishes, watching a mindless entertaining tv program and during a run. Those times when time passes and you feel like you are in a hypnotic like zone and are only being present in that moment.
There is nothing transcendental about dusting shelves, however I believe its possible to rise above the thought clutter by doing something that feels easy and feels good, and seemingly contrary to what your mind was focused on.
Because when we redirect our focus and energy into something positive, soothing, productive, joyful, playful or peaceful in the short term, we can return to what we were challenged by or sifting through or mulling over and that accomplished and easy feeling comes with us.
We are able to see more or feel more clearly about what we were musing about before. And most likely we have let go of a lot of the rhetoric that was cluttering things up in the first place.
Quieting the mental chatter in whatever positive way that you are attracted to is a healthy, in all ways.
One of my favorite ways is to look at and be in my zen feeling back yard, which may not make the list of definitions under meditation, but its meditation lite for me 🙂