Time to face the facts–no one is coming over for Thanksgiving or Christmas during this covid year. No one will visit our little house in the woods all winter. We’ll be lucky if we entertain friends or family in the spring. Maybe, god forbid, until next summer. Or later (ominous music plays…)
The facts are such: I do not like to clean house down to the cobwebs in the basement on a regular basis. Our little house is usually neat and tidy and relatively clean, but it takes visitors to get me truly reaching every out-of-the-way nook and cranny. It takes visitors a’coming to scrub, scour, dust, wash, wipe, brush, vacuum, and declutter for maximum results.
So what’s to be done about this sad state of affairs?
Let’s think about this from a spiritual angle because, well, this is a 75 day spiritual committment.
What’s house cleaning have to do with spirituality?
The old saying goes: as within, so without. I might posit this statement can be expressed backwards as well: as without, so within.
What clutter and mess exists in our outer world mayhaps reflects a clutter and mess in our inner psyche.
Think how much better we feel when we’ve lugged boxes or bags of unused items to Goodwill or St. Vincent de Paul. It can sometimes feel like we’ve actually lost weight. Suggested book title–How to lose weight this holiday season: Declutter Your House.
When we undertake deep-down cleaning it can feel like fresh air in our psyche. We’re dusting off emotions, scrubbing floors of our soul, wiping away cobwebs in our spirit. After a housecleaning blitz don’t we truly feel like we’re somehow cleaner? More expansive, spacious, encompassing? I know I do.
Therefore…drumroll…I am making another commitment. To deep-clean this house. To declutter yet again. To make the manger of our little house in the woods ready for Jesus’ birth come December 25th. (Or you could commit to doing this for your Higher Self by the New Year, if you do not celebrate Christmas.)
The visitor is the Holy.
Because I do NOT want to clean EVERY day, let’s make Christmas the goal. Anyone want to join me in some deep cleaning and decluttering for the Holy? (Playing Christmas music while cleaning is preferred–Run, Run, you cleaning Reindeer!)
Day 33 of a seventy-five day journey to connect more deeply with God, Spirit, Holy, Love…to explore “What the Heart Knows” during the waning days of 2020.