For the past few weekends I have been on a quest to get rid my house off stuff that I have collected over the years. I have already cleared bags of clothes, shoes, magazines and other household items that no longer are of use to me but were just adding to the clutter in my house. There are still several items that need clearing but the purging gets harder as it gets down to personal items – diaries, cards, presents, soft toys, DVDs etc. In order to make space for new items, I need to make some arrangements: either organise the current stack better or let go some stuff.
This afternoon I wasn’t particularly keen to do the de-cluttering. As I tried to put away the book that was lying on the bed for the past so many days, onto my bookshelf, the stack of books on the topmost rack of the shelf got disturbed and a lot of books toppled down. It was high time I organised the bookshelf ! I have now managed to get rid of some old books and journals, organized the remaining books and I have made space for new books. Currently, the house looks a bit cleaner and spacious and there is room for some new stuff.
The same principle applies to human mind too. There are certain times when the mind gets piled up with worries, disappointments and pain. It can push us to the edge that one more harsh word, a rude comment or disappointment can bring us down completely. Just like how our surroundings need a bit of purging from time to time, sometimes mind also needs some cleaning out. We need to defuse negative energy and let go off anger, unpleasant memories and pain and gather ourselves and welcome positive energy. A calm and clear mind is the key to peace and happiness and it enables us to stay focused on the bigger picture ahead of us.