This Diwali let’s reach within for the light. Diwali being one of the biggest festivals in India seeks prosperity, wealth & Happiness. The preparation starts earlier. It is customary and age old tradition to do the cleaning and de-cluttering. The significance of Diwali Cleaning is to welcome Laxmi (the Godess of wealth & fortune) and welcome the Guest. The de-clutter signifies ‘out with the old and in with the new’ – which means to make place to accommodate the new.
In practice we clean & de-clutter home, office and workplace – throwing away unwanted items, cleaning, repairing, repainting, refurbishing & decorating. But what about our minds?
Our true self actually reside in our minds. Unfortunately, we tend to keep things messy by keeping regrets in one corner and ill feelings on the other. Expectations are stuffed in the closet and secrets under the carpet. Our failures tend to hammer us, worries scattered everywhere. Ill feelings for people, jealousy keeps stinking in our mind. Interestingly, many of us are not even aware of this garbage and the damage it does to us.
The signs of mental clutter may not always be evident. When we live with a lot of mental baggage, it keeps creeping up silently. We may not notice the clutter fogging our mind. It is estimated that we get about 60,000 thoughts each day. And many of those thoughts involve thinking the same things over and over again. But, by rehashing the same things, worrying about them continuously, focusing on the negative – nothing is achieved. It actually sucks all our productive time and mental energy. The key is decluttering our mind like we de-clutter our homes and periphery before Diwali.
Having emotional clutter is absolutely natural. The key is to recognize and declutter these emotional baggage which is preventing us from seeing and taking the opportunities that are right in front of us. We block the path of enlightment of the new by the emotional baggages
Few ways of decluttering mind is :
- Practicing forgiveness – forgiving yourself and others.
- Releasing our frustration.
- Getting rid of the fear that lives in our head.
- Stop procrastinating – prioritizing things and delegating.
- Visualizing the bad things of past as steppingstones and learn from them
We can outsource the cleaning work of our home, office or workplace and get them sparkling clean & decluttered. But the cleaning of this real residence of ours has to be done by ourselves. By decluttering our mind, we can eliminate worry, relieve anxiety and stop negative thoughts. Getting rid of mental clutter frees us up to focus on important things.
On this Diwali – let’s clean our mind and get rid of the thinking patterns that keep us from reaching our greatest potential. Let’s start with true Diwali cleaning. This tidying up could change our lives.