Thursday, 11 April 2013

The Joys of Traveling Light

This week I realised that I hang onto too much junk that I do not need or use. Books that are half-read, clothing that I haven't worn in ages. Keepsakes that could have gone to the trash long ago. Strangely enough, I also had lots of unused toiletries - courtesy of the Product of the Year Awards in 2011, 2012 and 2013 - the winners get a goody bag, and I still have a lot of the goodies! Its time to start using them  =) 

In two months I am moving out, putting my things in storage and traveling for the summer. When I am back in August I'll find a new place to live and move in again. Do I really need to take all of this excess baggage with me to my new apartment? Not really. There are things that have sentimental value and I do want to keep them. Others cost and arm and a leg and I don't want to throw them away. Then there's the gray area in between - things that I haven't used but might need in the future. What to do?

This week I went through my cupboards and my closet, pulling out clothes and books that could be donated to Oxfam. It was really hard to do. We get attached to things, at least I do, and I hesitated with a lot of them. Like a sweater dress I bought at Banana Republic four years ago. I haven't worn it in ages, and when I do, I don't like how it looks. Why keep it? For some reason I wanted to, but then decided to give it away. I also threw out two big bags full of trash.

Funny thing is today I feel so much better about my apartment. It feels lighter. I feel light. None of this was visible to begin with, it was all stashed away in cupboards and closets. Out of sight but somehow not out of mind. I think the same is true for our emotional and psychological baggage. We might think it is neatly out of the way, buried in a corner of your subconscious. It still weighs on us and if we do a little self-cleansing and purifying, we will feel much better! 


I may need to do some of that as well. Reiki helps, as do journaling and guided meditations. I might look up a few cleansing and realising techniques. If you have any please let me know what they are! 






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Reiki hugs, Regina



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