Did you know? Our space, and our environment is an external representation of what is going on in our minds.
Look around you for a moment.
Is your desk a mess? Are there piles and stacks of things that you need to sort through? Are you letting others leave messes in the space you share? Does the energy and mood of the room reflect your personality and vibe?
What is your space saying about you? What is it doing to your energy, your mood and your emotions?
Just as with the physical body, when we accumulate too much stuff in our space and our environment, the flow of energy becomes blocked, creating negative emotions and disharmony in our lives.
Your environment, and the stuff in it has a powerful grip. Clutter can play a significant role in how we feel about our homes and ourselves. I believe that simplifying your environment, creating a space that reflects YOU, and decluttering everything that doesn’t add value is the key to a calmer, happier and healthier mindset. Our environment, whether it’s our home, our car, or office space – all of these are at the centre of our lives.
If we have chaos and disorder in our peripheral vision on a daily basis, it’s likely that we will feel messy and disordered inside our minds too. A messy, cluttered environment, or one that does not truly reflect our persona and style, can make us feel like we’re out of control. This results in negative emotions and negative energy that causes stress, anxiety, and frustration.
Let’s face it, on any given day, we only have a fixed amount of time, energy, mental and emotional capacity and space. When we overfill our mind and allow it to be distracted, we limit our ability to go after what we really want from life.
Messy spaces are like visual “noise”, or radio static that increases stress. The reason for this is simply because when we look at chaos and clutter, we’re never sure what it’s going to take to sort it out. And when the mess grows, the mental weight of knowing it’s all there grows too, and we constantly feel less able to deal with it than we did before.
Clutter is like stagnant energy. Scientific studies show that it impairs our ability to focus. It limits creativity and productivity by invading and bombarding the open spaces that allow most people to think, brainstorm and problem solve. Clutter distracts our mind with excessive stimuli causing our brains to work overtime on stimuli that aren’t necessary or important. It signals to the brain that our work is never done, robbing us of our sense of accomplishment.
But beyond all that, people may not even be aware of stress and shame that arises from the disorganisation. What if others were to see it? What would they think? Who wants to invite someone in to see the mess, when we ourselves can’t admit it’s there?
Here is a simple tool to help you return to your true state of wholeness, happiness, and wellbeing, and to help you let go of whatever is no longer serving you. Ask yourself: is there anything in my immediate environment that is causing me to feel a sense of unease, discomfort, or anxiety?
Your space shows you what is going on in your mind and in your heart.
Listen to it.
Learn from it.
And for the sake of your mind and emotions, deal with it!