Objects

Once we say ‘my car’ or ‘my iPhone’ or ‘my…` anything it becomes part of us in terms of how the mind reacts and perceives material physical objects.

If someone scratches our car or we crack the screen on our phone it is felt the same as if the attack was on us, like we wear scratched or injured. The mind brings pain and suffering.

Our everyday ‘consciousness’, which in reality isn’t consciousness but is a mind dominated dreamlike state, constantly in thought, has no energy for the background, which is always there and is peaceful. The mind is concerned with its mental objects, our thoughts, and our possessions, physical objects.

We rarely have a consciousness of the background, for example, a ticking clock, the crunch of the gravel as we walk, a bird singing, a car passing, someone singing, the music that is playing and so on. The mind and its fragile ego are too worried about the car being scratched or the fact that some other minor thing has happened, to even notice or give energy to the background. We completely miss it, unaware of its existence.

True beauty and amazing things happen in the background, there is calm, peace and stillness there, away from the suffering that objects bring us. Yet we will often spend our whole lives only being aware of objects mental or physical unless we choose to become truly aware of the moment and all that is there.

Clutter

That clutter in our house is in fact clutter in our mind too.

We are subconsciously aware of that clutter and it is a mental distraction, it is like a weight on our shoulders slowing us down. The thought of sorting it out hangs on us.

Having a clear out allows us more space to live, more peace, more calm, to see the things that we cherish instead of shit we bought that we don’t need, it gives us freedom.

Most importantly, de-cluttering frees the mind and that is a big thing for any of us. It lifts that weight that we’ve been dragging around. It calms the mind, and that then allows us space in our heads to do things that matter.