Towards the end of the Pavones Yoga Center yoga teacher training we had a session spent in conversation on tips for leaving a retreat, in order to help us transition back into the realities of the present state of the world. It helped to understand ways that the energy of the sacred vessel of love we co-created at PYC for the past month could expand and come along with each of us. Through this new energy we would notice shifts in our interactions with others and in our environments. One part of our conversation was recognizing what things we can let go of; material things that we attached to for sentimental reasons. There was an invitation from Indira (she offered this as the extreme of the process of clearing out) that we take everything out of our home and feel through the process of letting go of things that aren’t necessary to hold onto anymore, letting in the things that allow room for growth. The idea of doing this seemed overwhelming, thinking about how much stuff there was back at home waiting for me.
When I came home from Costa Rica my mom was having painters come to change the color of my room from a deep, vibrant, red to a more soothing and peaceful, pastel yellow. This arrangement basically set me up to take EVERYTHING out of my room.
This was my time to reevaluate my belongings or excess baggage. The amount of clothes was overwhelming and stuffy, but more than the clothes, as I went through things I realized how much of it was actually garbage!!! Things I never used. Papers piled up! Things that didn’t work. Gadgets I no longer used. Wires to- who knows what! These things filled up bags and bags…. And BAGS of garbage.
I started to feel more focused and serene in this process of clearing out my surroundings that I had no true intention of living with. I felt like I could finally allow the stuffiness to dissipate, stuffiness that has been crowding my space physically and emotionally. In the transition period, I started to treat my newly painted room as a sacred space. I sprinkled a special secret fairy dust in each corner to uplift the spirits and create connectivity. With attention to my intention (something else we practiced a lot at PYC) I started bringing things back into my room, I was aware of the purpose it was going to be serving, being mindful of the energy I want to surround myself with daily.
I’m not going to act like this was easy. It was not easy, and it took me weeks to do. I was sleeping on the couch or in my sister’s room just pondering the value of having the lifestyle I have, feeling so much gratitude for my mother who I live with.
Did I want to store things away in my room anymore? I knew I was doing myself an emotional favor by saying no to that… no more hiding things or suppressing. This clearing out became an expansion of my being.
Your environment really does effect how you show up day to day. Reflecting on how this spoke to my emotional attachments shows me what areas of my being need more love and silence to work through. I do feel that clearing out as much as I did definitely gifted me with room for new wisdom, space for growth and sacred changes. I hope this helps you take steps toward clearing out the old to make way for the new at this time of the new moo