Let’s start at the beginning. Why do we have so much clutter in our homes? Why do we accumulate all the “stuff”? From clothing, shoes, books, magazines, art supplies our homes are filled to the brim with things we don’t need, we don’t use and often store “for later”. Except the later never comes and we continue to buy stuff that ends up absorbing us more than the people in our homes.
But, if you were faced with a catastrophic situation which items would you grab while running out to safety? For me, it would be my pets, my loved ones and my phone. My phone, not because it’s a shiny material object, but because it holds pictures and phone number of my family and friends.
So why do we feel that we “need” all the stuff we consume? When I started reading Yamas and Niyams, yoga’s ethical guidelines, (for the lack of better explanation) one of the first yamas that resonated with me was Satya. It’s the guideline of truth. I needed to explore this Satya, before I could understand why I do the things I do and how they impact me. I needed to be truthful with myself before I could start “fixing” what was wrong. Satya required me to take a deep and honest look at myself and the things that I did. Why did I have the need to buy expensive purses and shoes? Did I want to fit in? Did I want to reward myself for working hard? How did the item I bought made me feel?
After studying yoga I realized that these material objects, don’t define me. I like nice things, but that’s not what makes me happy. Happiness comes from within, no amount of lipsticks, make-up, purses or shoes can do that. External things bring temporary satisfaction, but they don’t bring happiness. Happiness came from within, there was nothing that I could externally manipulate to feel contentment. It’s a decision I consciously make every day to live presently to the beauty around, the gratitude that I feel when I wake up. Things shouldn’t define us and we shouldn’t use them to define others or use brands as value lens.
Truth was that I didn’t feel any different after buying something, I was still the same person. What satya taught me was to listen, to be honest with myself. To realize that I am whole with and without all the sh*$# that I bought.
Once I figured that out I realized it was time to purge and purge I did. 🙂
Tell me about your experience, why did you decide to get rid of all the clutter in your life? Was it an event that prompted you to change your ways? A book maybe? Or was it the study of yoga that made you look through a different lens and evaluate what importance you place on things?
In my next blog post in the #vabloggerspeacefulhome I’d share some insights on how I got rid of my physical clutter, although some might say that my apartment hadn’t been cluttered before.
Don’t forget to check out:
Karla smalltownrambler.com (home décor)
Shanna http://meandminnie.com/end-of-summer-swimsuits-sales/ (fashion)
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