March 20th 2019
Bringing back one of my favorite spring topics for a little update~
Over the past 2 years, I have written 2 posts about the value of emotional spring cleaning. The first post was called Spring Cleaning for the Soul and the second was called More Spring Cleaning for the Soul, so this year I decided to make a third installment to keep the trend of spring cleaning going! Ironically, March 20th was the exact day I posted those posts too!
You don’t NEED to read the other two posts to read this one but if you want to read them, they will definitely offer you some context to this post. Well, as I have mentioned in previous years, spring is a time for rebirth and, often times, in order to invite in rebirth, old habits must die.
Like cleaning any incredibly messy and neglected space in your home, cleaning your soul can similarly be exhausting and a bit uncomfortable, but has its benefits. It has been said that keeping a clean room can help you stay more focused, creatively stimulated, and less stressed and I find that when you clean out the emotional gunk in your soul, the same thing happens.
By cleansing yourself of habits, things, and people that don’t “spark joy”, in the words of Marie Kondo, you are opening up space in your soul to invite in new and refreshing experiences, emotions, and changes.
Sometimes, in order to clean everything out, you need to dig into areas of your soul that you have left untouched for quite a while. Think of it as opening up a window and clearing out the stale air from your life. By bringing old situations and feelings to the surface, you will be better able to analyze and evaluate the benefit or detriment they are having on your soul.
You find, more often than not, that a lot of those deep buried things are things that have been buried for a reason. They are things that no longer serve you, but you remain attached to for some reason or another. Kind of like an emotional hoarder situation. You hold onto those painful memories or bad habits because you’re afraid of what letting them go might do to you. However, by hiding those things away instead of getting rid of them, you are just burying yourself in your own garbage.
Spring is the time to purge old useless pain and make room for a new and improved self that will serve you and make you feel free.
Grab a garbage bag and get out from under your pile of trash.