Live in the Orange Zone - Day 11
30 Days of Self Study, Meditation and Reflection
Day Eleven Living in the Orange Zone
For 30 days, we've committed to doing short, small, sacred practices to help us move towards transformation and spiritual growth. We compared it to walking the Camino, doing a pilgrimage, but committing to some time, making shifts in our thinking, making shifts in our external world to create shifts internally.
Yesterday we were pruning outside. Today, I've come back inside to do some pruning inside.
Let's look at it through the lens of energy. I am energy. Older practices like Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, all understand meridians and Nadis and how we are a living being and that we have energy. Everything has energy. So to study Feng Shui we understand that this room has energy, the things in the room have energy.
We study this every year, every time we get out our book Clear Clutter with Feng Shui by Karin Kingston, we also added Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I have been doing workshops with Kathy Orr and working together on helping people clear energy that’s not working for them so they can bring in new vibrant energy into their lives, which is the same as pruning. Exact same principle energy of cutting off things that are either dead or need to be trimmed back in order to let new growth full flow through like energy through the branches of a tree or bush.
Inside, I would like to invite everyone to join me this week to look around your home and see where you need to do some pruning, where there's some dead branches or things that are stagnant that aren't growing because they're kind of stuck.
If we're following Marie's method, the Kondo Method, this is the thing I love most about her method, is she always asks us to take something and to hold it and see, do I love this? Because if I don't love this, it's plugging up energy that could be flowing and to let it go, to release it. Which is what we were doing yesterday with lots of plants and different things like that. So inside it could be books, it could be clothes, shoes. It could be the joy that you throw everything in and you realize there's just a bunch of junk that could be thrown away or discarded or put in its proper place.
It seems daunting, but if you just start with little bits, it is so liberating, like pruning. It feels so good to release things that just are stuck that you want to do more, you want to keep pruning.
So my suggestion to you is this, today just choose one little area of your house. Something that's been like “this is stuck for me for sure, this drawer has a bunch of junk in it”. Just do that one little thing today, and let that be a representation to you to just let it be in your mind that as you're going about your days, there might be something that you see and go “This. I have not put a candle in for a very long time. Do I want to still have it on my mantle? Is it beautiful? Does it bring me happiness? Do I love it?”
And if not, either put it somewhere away or give it away. Such a beautiful time to let things go and give things away, and only keep the things close to us that bring us happiness that we love. So do some pruning. Let go of the things in your life that just need to be shifted out and moved around and just notice you do one little thing today, how liberating and how good and how much energy you now have from just that one thing you did.
Then just continue throughout the day of pruning. Tomorrow you might see something else and pull that out. And it's just going to become a way of being. And during this powerful time, our 30 Day Orange Zone is going to be a time of clearing up things that aren't working for you physically, and your physical world, to bring you more energy so you can have those shifts we're looking for in your spiritual world and transformational for you, just the way that you're going to be moving into your future and living your life.
I highly recommend this book. I highly recommend Clear Clutter with Feng Shui. It’s such a great time to read these and get excited about letting go of things and moving your energy.
Day 11 Inspiration
Today's inspiration comes from Henry David Thoreau
Today, what do you see?
The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
Click the links below to find out more:
The Orange Zone - A 30 Day Practice - YouTube Playlist
Daily Inspirational Quotes for 30 Day Meditation
Blog Post: What is the Orange Zone?