I am in Pre-Passover cleaning mode. The kitchen has been scrubbed and the food swapped out, and it is such a great feeling once it’s all ready for the holiday. The rest of the house doesn’t motivate me as much, but running the vacuum does grant me time to mull over what Spring cleaning is all about. And it is about SO much more than just dusting and decluttering. Spring cleaning is a great time to re-evaluate our needs, both materialistically and spiritually. It’s time to peek inward and take a good look at what’s going on inside our minds. Here are 5 tips for spring cleaning your spirit/soul.
1. Let’s start with forgiveness. We shame ourselves with negativity all the time. We blame our bad habits for our social ineptness, or acceptance of abuse (any kind). Take time to identify the causes behind your behaviors and beliefs, and try to figure out if it stems from your past or current life situations. If it is way back in the past, it may be time to let it go. If it’s a current kind of thing, you need to address this. You need to figure out how to make your peace with the situation, or how to erase it completely from your life. Forgive yourself. There are incredible health benefits to forgiveness, you can read about them in this article from John Hopkins about healthy ageing and forgiveness.
2. Grace. Give yourself some. Nothing happens overnight, even the house cleaning. Your spirit needs time to make those fine-tuned adjustments, so plant the seeds of intention, and let them grow. Begin with one simple thought, one habit to change, and let it happen. Breathe it in, and sure enough, your soul will thank you. So, if you’re making life changes of any kind – stay focused on the intention (just one) and it will become a reality.
3. Clean your inner mental space. This involves some serious positive energy. Try being creative – read a new book, take up a new hobby, spend 10 minutes meditating or free writing. Creativity is inspiring and a known cure for cleaning out the spirit.
4. Sweep out the cobwebs and toxic relationships. There will always be people who have the ability to hurt you, wrong you and make you feel bad. Sweep them to the curb. Start with your social media. Once you unplug, you’ll see how good real life feels. One of the hardest things we have to learn in life is how to let people go. It’s rough, but if you pay attention to the relationships that actually give you something, you’ll feel spiritually bright and new!
5. Practice Gratitude. I know, I always say this, but it helps to keep those negative emotions at bay. I know, we are annoyed at life, our jobs, financial status, etc. I can’t tell you to just think positive and it will be better, but I can recommend practicing gratitude for what you do have. Grateful people sleep better, are more empathetic and have more resilience and self-esteem. It’s a win-win. Check out http://365grateful.com/ for inspiring stories about gratitude, and maybe download the Gratitude365 app to record your own stories of thankfulness.
And now my lovelies, it’s time to return to the dust bunnies and the mopping. Enjoy your holidays and remember –
Stay motivated and caffeinated!😉☕