April 23, 2012

Ever Met-a-Phor?

 “phor”: Person Holding Old Receipts

            You may have heard it before: “As above, so below” or, “As within so Without.”

Everything that’s comes into your life you have attracted or created, much of it unconsciously. The way you live is the perfect metaphor of who you are.

Now before going all judgmental and defensive, take a look at Nature. Do we see undeveloped land as acres of tidily trimmed lawns, toweringclutter trees, pretty flowers?  No. There are beautiful forests, yes, but more often are the barren places, brambles, weeds, dried-up streams, muddy lakes, dark, rough seas, as well as the picture postcard areas.

The concept that every house should look like something out of Architectural Digest, and every room should have that Martha Stewart touch, is a made up concept we may or may not strive toward. Most of us do not live in perfect, neat environments. It’s nice to tidy up sometimes, but anyone who devotes most of their time to picture-perfect cleaning is either very compulsive or very bored, and probably has a pretty empty life.

When you’re focused on a project, or going through an emotional crisis, or have an illness, your living space probably develops piles of papers, dishes, clothing and basically goes to hell in a hand basket, right? And because we’re conditioned to think messy is “bad,” we find another reason to get down on ourselves for being bad housekeepers.

I’m here to tell you that the more you understand how your space reflects your emotions, the easier it becomes to feel comfortable in your space and in your own skin.

Why is it that the perfectly decorated and clean house of a friend is far less comfortable than the not-so-neat house full of toys, piles of books, clothes, and projects? Which feels more inviting? The one that is more organic, no doubt!

So stop being so hard on yourself.


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