3 Practical Spiritual Needs Hiding Underneath Your Clutter

and why it may occur without your knowing it

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If you can relate to having a fair bit of clutter in your life; here is an opportunity to look underneath it.

If you do not have clutter clearing as a habit or simplicity practice it just might be blocking your personal leadership vitality.  Look to the meaning or purpose behind your clutter as a way of expanding your awareness of why you might be “over-collecting“.

Have you been burying your spiritual awareness underneath your clutter?

There are many dimensions to clutter:

  1. There is the physical dimension (the actual stuff you are collecting),
  2. The mental dimension (being confused, non-clear or just too many thoughts),
  3. The emotional dimension ( all your feelings around collecting,  ignoring, having too much, or delaying releasing clutter) and then,
  4. there is the spiritual dimension of clutter.  When we talk about the meaning and purpose of your clutter – moves this type of clutter busting up into the spiritual dimension.  So today we’re talking about 3 practical spiritual needs that might be underneath your clutter.

Spiritual Need #1:  Awareness

Are you are hiding Something? (from yourself)

The opportunity here is to expand your awareness around your relationship with clutter.

Expanding your awareness of what clutter represents for you can be a real eye opener.  Once you find the meaning behind your clutter, you get to be in more choice about what to do next.

When we avoid shining a flashlight on the meaning of clutter – we avoid a major key to being able to shift behaviour.

My story with clutter evolved in my 20’s when first purchased a home, and then promptly began to fill it.    Then, right after my brother died, and my folks and grandmother moved to an island – I then experienced a period of collecting to the point of being cluttered.

I collected my folks remnants from their move,  the furniture from my grandparents early marriage and lots of ‘cluttery’ things to make my new home “comfy”.

It wasn’t until later after I began a path of personal development I realized what I was calling me being  “sentimental” was me – avoiding feeling the feeling of being “left”.

This “stuff” allowed me to feel connected – even thought I was separated by distance and death.  I was also resisting the natural changes that time brings too.

Now, over time – I more fully recognize how I was looking outside of myself for something that can only be found within.   The meaning.

Everyone’s story is different.  Are you holding on to too much?

Spiritual Need #2: Living Your Pure Potential

Who are you becoming?

Who are you in relation to your clutter? And What impact are you having on yourself and those around you?

It’s these ways of being that effect more than the tangible and intangible “clutter things”.  For example, pick one environment where you have a fair bit of clutter.

Just review it in your mind now.   You’ve perhaps not spent much time to think about how you behave relation to cluttered things.

So I’ll now invite you to imagine for just a moment that you are in an environment that nurtures and inspires you. A place where you have all your needs met, and you have all the feelings that go along with having all of your needs met.

Imagine you feel connected, loved, open, joyful and inspiring.

 If your inner critic is talking – keep he or she quiet for a moment and really give yourself the gift of just imagining your ideal environment.

Now ask yourself, has the way you have behaved in your environment  – have your behaviours been serving your soul?   Or your ego?

I find that this criteria question can help find your deepest desires for your best behaviours.  Once you find how you wish to behave and you habitually engage in behaviours in alignment with that – who you become is a byproduct.

Spiritual Need #3: Living Your Destiny.

Your legacy is how you lead yourself now. 

What is your personal legacy?  What legacy are you creating?  And when I am asking those questions – I am asking not for your perspective; but from a larger, meta perspective.    For example, sometimes when we collect physical thingy’s we have intentions for  “future use” .

I often find the details of that future use – hasn’t necessarily been grounded in a legacy framework that includes clear pictures of intentions and action steps of how they will be used and by whom specifically.

When you create crystal clarity about when, why and for whom  “things” exist in your environment – often the realization comes that “excess” isn’t really needed – because your resources have been planned to a T.

Got Brain Fog? 7 Self Leadership Techniques for a Clear Mind

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Do you ever find yourself easily distracted? Or find yourself having trouble concentrating?  Forgetting too much?   You might be experiencing brain fog.
Extreme brain fog can be a signal of a medical condition.  If you think that might be true of you – be sure to get the appropriate care from a health professional.

If you have mild to moderate brain fog, however; you might find the following self-leadership tips helpful.

Here are 7 ways for personal leaders to clear away a little brain fog.

1.Keep yourself hydrated.  In studies, dehydration has been shown to impair cognitive performance and mood.  In some studies even a 1% decrease has had a negative effect.

While you are at it, why not make sure your diet is rich in nutrient- dense foods in appropriate amounts too.  All those nutrients help to keep your brain operating at it’s best.     

 2.Try some Brain Gym type exercises:  Exercises to help your left and right brain make a better connection with each other.

A simple one?   Stretch your arms straight out in front of you – thumbs up and fingers tucked in.  Do big circles with your arms remaining out in front of you.  Follow your thumb nails with both eyes.   This is asking your eyes to follow your thumbs through all the visual access areas in addition to you using the logical and creative side of your brain.

3.Simplify and focus on less. Confusion and delay can sign that too much on your plate is too important.  Entertain the idea of simplifying.  When you simplify, you make choices of what is truly meaningful and then focus on that.  Simplifying is also allowing things to fall away – by choice.

Here is a very simple exercise:  Take a blank piece of paper and fold it half and then half again.  Open the paper and you will have  4 quadrants.  Label each quadrant as follows:

  1. Urgent AND important
  2. Important and Non Urgent
  3. Urgent and Non Important
  4. Non Urgent and Non important  

Next under each heading as appropriate list out your mental to-do list, putting the Urgent and Important items under that header, Important and non-urgent under that header and so on.   Afterward  – as a suggestion, why not think about abandoning the non-urgent and non-important items.  They don’t seem to be meaningful to you.   Then focus your energy on what falls into the two categories “What is urgent and important”  and “what is important“.

Look here for some additional ways to focus and simply in your self-leadership.

4.Take on a mental organization practice.  There are many forms of mental practices which clear the fog while giving you a sense of ease.  For example, you could write morning pages – a practice made popular by Julia Cameron in the Artist Way.  You might want to try Mind mapping, writing lists or try some simple mind clearing techniques.

5.Connect with Awareness.  There is a place, in the gap between your thoughts, where awareness of awareness lives. Slow down and allow yourself to be in the aliveness of the gap.  One of the best places I know to allow clarity to come and the fog to dissipate.7 ways to a clear mind

6.Take a time out.  Take a time out to slow down, take a nap, take a walk, listen to some slow-beat music or create a change of place or mind.  Making a change in your current state is one of the most effective ways to revitalize your thinking.  Let go of any practice of over committing yourself.

7.Shut away your committee of internal critics.  A loud and active internal dialogue can create a lot of fogginess.  Choosing to set aside the internal self-talk and have things be quiet in their can create enough space for your heart’s brain to send you a clear message.