Clean Your Clutter, Clear Your Life

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9780970786104: Clean Your Clutter, Clear Your Life

Our homes are so filled with clutter that it is difficult to clean them and the disorder is always on our minds making us anxious and depressed. We feel weighed down, exhausted and helpless at the thought of doing something about the mess. The author's goal is to help you to view clutter cleaning, not as a horrific chore that you constantly put off, but as a transformational experience that will in the end release negative emotions, generate more energy, and allow you to create what you want in your life. Learn how to identify clutter; Learn how to understand clutter; Learn how to assess your clutter; Discover how clutter affects you; Discover why people keep clutter; Discover how to use Feng Shui to help you. You will begin to understand why clutter drains your energy, prevents you from achieving your goals, affects your health, and even limits your relationships and opportunities.

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Gaylah Balter's years of experience in teaching and practicing Taoist meditations and spiritual healing techniques, combined with her deep passion for preserving the ecology of our planet, have resulted in a book that will be a treasure for gardening enthusiasts, environmentalists, and spiritual seekers alike.

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Chapter One

Gardening With Soul

Gardening with soul encourages the discovery of your inner self and also some ways to garden the soil of your own soul. Such a view of Nature can lead you down paths of growth and enchantment while increasing your understanding of the Earth’s resources and needs. I feel sure your garden will teach you more about yourself as you explore its unique place in your life and partake of the opportunities it offers to grow spiritually. As we care for tender plants and await the miracle of growth to take place we know deep inside how grateful we really are to have such a spiritual and mystical relationship in our lives.

We are given an opportunity to become aware of the sentient world around us each time we enter our garden spaces or for that matter anywhere in the outdoors and are reminded of the relationship that connects all beings to a divine source.

In a book about soul, it would seem advisable to explore the essence and significance of its meanings. Thomas Moore, Gary Zukov, and Anthony Lawlor have discussed the nature of soul and spirit in their writings. I agree with them that our emotions, feelings, and spiritual experiences as well as the sacred, divine, and eternal aspects of life are all attributes and manifestations of soul. We extend our understanding of the soul’s qualities to include the idea that it seeds truth and justice in the world and yearns for wholeness and connection to Nature. It is distinct from the physical body and many times describes a person’s mettle, courage, and daring.

This discussion would not be complete unless we also understand the various meanings of spirit. Spirit represents the physical body and its vital functions, the life force in all living things, and it also infuses life with activity, energy, and ardor.

In some literature the terms spiritual, innermost, sacred, and divine are used interchangeably with spirit. As you can see these are also used to describe some of the attributes of soul. In this book I have made the decision to use spirit to express the life force in all living things and soul to express the spiritual, sacred, divine, and emotional aspects of life, Nature, and human pursuits.

The soul loves active participation with beauty and desires a space of quietness and reverie for replenishing the well of joy and happiness. It also requires a space that beams up sacredness easily and with relish. These are readily available in a garden.

WAYS TO GARDEN WITH SOUL

· It is wonderful to create a sitting area or bench in your garden where you can sit with other people to resolve conflict and discuss problems. This spot can become a niche for peacemaking; a familiar place to soothe wounds and be your own therapist. Prepare your special spot and nurture it.

· We enter the world of the soul when we give to ourselves and our gardens a thoughtful consideration of Nature as we talk to our plants, value even the most trivial of tasks, and reach for that conscious place inside of ourselves that has reverence for the Earth.

· Not imposing your will on your garden but letting it reveal itself to you is one of Dr. Roma Lisa Gray’s garden-sensitive philosophies that fosters a soulful approach to gardening. I planted some cleome seeds in areas where I desired them to grow. They did not do well there and instead came up in a spot that I would never have chosen. I stepped back and decided to enjoy them where they wanted to be.

Gardening with soul will enhance your sensitivity to life and you will become aware of the magical transmission that takes place between Nature and human. "With this sensitivity, trees take on a unique personality, flowers alert you to their essential being, animals and bugs show you their private lives, and birds include you in their play," says Judith Handelsman, author of Gardening Myself.

Daily activities become paths to deepening your connection to the Earth as do caring for the environment. In your walk each day begin to notice something different or unusual about living things, such as the dry furry texture of the underside of a leaf and the smooth waxy quality of its other side. Then expand your experience by wondering what is the purpose.

There are many ways to become involved with the environment: wrap your arms around a tree; walk barefooted; feel the wind on your skin; listen to nature’s sounds; go bird watching; garden; one day a month look at something in nature carefully, closely, and intimately; join an environmental group; go to your children’s school and ask them to present an environmental program.

These simple yet profound acts valued by one person can multiply and then influence many other people and eventually change our world for the better. If each of us did one of these every month the tone and purpose of our society would begin to change and soul would again be part of social discourse and experience.

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