Clear your space to move forward

Category: Article or Blog Published: Tuesday, 07 July 2015 Written by Sarah PJ White

Clearing space can be stimulating and rewarding. When it comes to new starts, creating optimism and having a renewed feeling of hope and anticipation, clearing space is key. Spring always brings with it an almost inbuilt need to have a clear out, spring clean and sort out to our physical space… but clearing your mind space can be just (if not more) rewarding!

Clearing your physical space

Clearing your physical space seems, on the surface, to be a simple case of removing old and unwanted items. There’s nothing better than having a good sort out and tidy up.

When it comes to clearing space, it’s always a good idea to start with one room at a time. If however, you have limited time or a lot of clearing to do, one room can seem too overwhelming for you. If this is the case, narrow your focus down even more, to one cabinet, one drawer or one shelf. You can then work up to clearing through the entire room.

A basic criteria to follow when clearing your physical space, is to ask yourself the following questions:

  • Have I used this in the last 6 months?
  • Do I really like this?
  • What emotional attachment do I have to this – and is it one that’s positive?
  • Does the phrase “well, it might come in handy one day” spring to mind?
  • Am I keeping this because I want to or because I feel I “should”?

If you answer ‘no’ to first three and ‘yes’ to the last two – you need to get rid of the clutter it refers to!

Apart from clearing physical items, having a good spring clean also helps us clear out our mindset too. Why? Each of those items will have an emotional attachment, past memory and/or association attached to them – and they’ll not always be ones we want to have and remember! This is why we also need to work on clearing our mind space too.

Clearing mind space

As clearing your physical space can make you feel lighter and renewed, so can clearing your mind space too.

Your mind is full of non-physical clutter, some of which will be helpful, useful and positive – but there’s also the other stuff that helps hold us stuck and stagnant too. This clutter can be thought patterns, feelings, emotions and habits that are either remnants of old beliefs or current live wires in your mind.

Your mind cannot hold the space for two conflicting thought patterns at the same time. If you’re currently trying to change your mindset, you’ll also have associated thoughts and feelings attached to it too. You need to clear out ALL of this old stuff, to ensure you have room for the new – otherwise you may struggle to install the newer, more positive thoughts and beliefs, as your old ones are still occupying valuable mind space.

You have to start choosing which thoughts you’d like to keep and which one you’d like to let go off.

Sometimes this can be a simple process of making a conscious choice. Other times, you need to use techniques such as Emotional Freedom Technique, affirming, chakra clearing and sway testing to help release associated fears, feelings and emotional attachments.

Free writing can be a great way to find those deeply buried thoughts and feelings that may still be lurking. Simply grab a pen, notepad and some quiet time to yourself and think about the belief, thought or feeling you want to get rid of. Now ask yourself thought-provoking questions such as:

  • How does that make me feel?
  • What does that remind me of?
  • Whose voice is saying that?
  • And then what?
  • What do I get from keeping this?

Going through your possessions and mindset can be quite an emotional experience, so remember to be gentle with yourself. Give yourself time and space to feel, experience and subsequently release the mind clutter within. This will ensure you have the space – both externally and internally – to move forward.

What one process or action can you put into place this week, to ensure you’re clearing your physical and emotional space to move forward?

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