When people normally talk about decluttering their space, they generally refer to the physical clutter that surrounds them. It’s everything lying around making a house look untidy. But is that the only type of clutter we have to deal with? Isn’t there more to it than just the physical side?
Clutter /ˈklʌtə/ according to the dictionary means “cover or fill (something) with an untidy collection of things”. Synonyms of clutter are – only to name a few – litter, make untidy, make a mess, throw into disorder, disarrange, jumble, be strewn or scattered about. Life has many facets and is comprised of loads of different areas, and still, physical clutter is the most obvious and most visible. However, there are a couple of areas worth decluttering.
Thoughts and how we talk to ourselves
The thoughts we have, have an impact on how we see the world. It’s the glass-half-full or glass-half-empty attitude. Our thoughts are a form of energy, able to express kindness or rudeness for example, depending on the mood we are in. Positive thinking creates positive vibes, which have an uplifting effect on us and our emotions. Negative thinking or negative self talk on the other hand does the opposite. Masaru Emoto’s pictures are living proof of that. Please click here to watch a video of his work.
So how to declutter thoughts? The first step is awareness. Because: No awareness, no change. It’s important to be aware about what we are actually thinking. It means to observe our thoughts and to catch ourself in the act, so to say. Once we are able to monitor negative thinking patterns or negative self talk, we have the opportunity to replace those thoughts either with neutral ones or positive ones.
One example: Instead of waking up every morning, thinking nothing, or something like “oh boy, another day at work in front of me”, try to be grateful. You could say something like “thank you for another wonderful day”. It’s not an instant fix. However, it’ll send out and set energy for a day of gratitude. You may want to try this for a month and see if it makes a difference.
Language and how we talk to others
Our thoughts – negative or positive – eventually find their way out into the world, as we are producing sounds to communicate with others. Here, it’s the same as with our thoughts. These words can express kindness, love, rudeness or anger, depending on the mood and situation we are in. However, the energy we give out is always a matter of our choice.
Any idea of how to declutter this area? It’s the same as with our thoughts, awareness is the first step. (If you’ve started working on your thinking patterns already, you’ll find that it’s easier to raise your awareness about what you say to others.) It’s important to acknowledge, that it’s not about changing a person. It’s more about decluttering vocabulary, actively listening to yourself whilst talking to others and taking action by changing the way you speak. Sometimes, it even pays to say nothing and to stay silent.
If your tongue is still quicker than your thoughts, it can help counting to ten before responding. It gives time to gain control over an emotion. Concentrating on your heart chakra while you are talking to others is another possibility, as it will give your words a loving twist. It’s worth trying it out and to see if it makes a change.
…. to be continued ….
There are definitely way more areas worth looking at. Please feel free to engage by leaving a comment to spark new ideas about areas worth decluttering.
Love from Kritara