The Power of Giving Away ~

This weekend I am doing a “deep clean” in our second bedroom/office/art space/Kim’s closet to get ready for my husband’s parents to stay with us.  I won’t scare you with pictures!

Now I’m not a huge pack rat, but I do love keeping things.  As a young girl I LOVED combing through my Mom’s clothes and as I grew it was really exciting to try them on.  So I’ve collected a lot of clothes with the idea that one day a young girl will go CRAZY HAPPY playing dress up with my closet.

But in the meantime – what is all this energy that I am holding onto?

* Future energy:  Some person I haven’t met is going to appreciate my eclectic style?
* Past energy:  Evidence of how cool I was?
* Bargaining energy:  Ooh!  I might need some of these clothes for costumes!
* Money energy: Can I make some money on ebay?

Ok, even as I wrote those out I could think of PLENTY more reasons and social engagements to keep it all.

In order to break up the energy of “holding on” I dug deep yesterday and released a lot of clothes that “defined” me while I was living in San Francisco from ’97 to ’06.

That Kim…she was a whole lot of fun.  And in a way, it was like I got a boost of energy from the Me in my 20’s and early 30’s.  What I felt so strongly was that I have always had a strong sense of belief.  Belief in following our dreams, belief that you can live how you want and don’t need to suffer in a box, and belief that you’ll grow more heart muscles being yourself than worrying about who loves you.

This morning I have so much gratitude for being able to inhale the purity of that San Francisco Me.  I took it in deep into my lungs, deep into my heart and deep into my bones.

The clothes?  Bags are already in the car!  I realized that it was time to free up my NOW.  Not only did I need to release the material parts of my past, but my home needs the open space to support what is being created in the present.

Giving away not only opens up space for us, but releases the energy of what our things mean to us.  As some else picks up my skin-tight pinstripe pants I don’t have any say in how their power erupts.  And I feel the most gratitude for this aspect of the deep clean – I DON’T HAVE TO KNOW THE STORY.  Oooh, that feels good!

Whether you are cleaning or gathering for the Winter ~

Here’s to your Thriving Life!