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Cluttering Meditation Primer

Making a daily meditation period part of your decluttering routine energizes you, helps you focus and accomplish goals in your personal and business life. At first, ten minutes of meditation will seem like an eternity. Eventually, twenty minutes meditation will be about standard. You don't have to do it in the morning. Whenever you have uninterrupted quiet time will do fine.

This excerpt is from Mike Nelson's book, Clutter-Proof Your Business, which oddly enough, has a chapter on Feng Shui and was translated into Japanese and Korean.

I start every day with a short meditation, asking for guidance on whatever projects I may have planned. More importantly, I ask my inner, authentic self, to speak to me through the day to keep me on track. It's like having a personal coach with me through the day. My authentic self will tell me when I am doing things that are outside its paradigm. It doesn't chide me, or blame me, it just asks something like, “Is this what we want to do?” At first, you'll confuse your inner-self-talk with inner-guilt-talk. The difference is that your inner self will not ever say “should” or make you feel guilty. It will be gentle.

Close your eyes and relax. Breathe slowly, deeply, through your nose. Pull the air all the deeply, all the way down to the bottom of your lungs. You'll know you've done this right when you feel your rib cage expanding at the very bottom. Exhale from the bottom of your lungs by contracting your stomach muscles and pushing the air back up through your lungs, and out your slightly open mouth. You should both feel and hear the exhalation.

Do this several times until you feel pleasantly relaxed. Release the tension in your neck by rotating it left to right, right to left. Shrug your shoulders, imagining them touching your ears. Let all the tension leave you. To relax even more, imagine that waves of relaxation are flowing through you, like ocean waves rolling to the shore as you inhale. As you exhale, see those waves rolling back to the sea. Using your dominant learning skill, you may want to visualize the word “Relax,” in front of you, or hear the ocean flowing through you. You may wish to chant (silently or in a low voice out loud), “Relax” or “Peace” or whatever word feels right to you.

Feel each area of your body, your neck, chest, abdomen, thighs, legs, feet, relaxing in turn. (If you get distracted, merely note it and move on. Let the distraction evaporate like smoke). When you are sufficiently relaxed, feel yourself sinking into your chair, the floor or wherever you are. Your body will be supported. You don't have to put any effort into maintaining your body.

Go inward to your quiet, calm center. You can visualize yourself as a light beam going deeper into the center of your body. Deeper inward. Direct your vision to your day ahead. (Whether you do this in the morning or evening, it's good to look forward). Without directing, ask for peace and guidance on living this day according to the principles of your life. You may get visions of specific actions, or you may just get feelings of “doing the right thing at the right time.” Other people may be part of them: family, coworkers, bosses, strangers. Whatever comes to you is authentic. Notice the feelings that dominate. If a person with whom you are having a conflict appears, bless them and bathe them in a glow or warm, loving energy. You will be amazed at how they become less of a challenge in the real world. This may happen immediately, or it may take some time, but their negative energy will dissipate and your conflicts will dissolve.

Make these feelings real. Pull them into your inner self. Make them part of you. What you have done on this spiritual, psychic level is real to your inner self. Make those feelings strong enough and you can call them up during the day whenever you lose focus, get angry or scattered. Sometimes you can do this immediately and sometimes you'll need the brief visualizations below to help you.

When you feel ready, slowly return to the room and sit for a moment with your eyes closed. Feel yourself integrating with your surroundings. Slowly open your eyes and take on your day, or have a peaceful sleep.