New Year's always feels like a good time to cleanse the places in our lives that have become dusty and stagnant. This might be our physical spaces of homes and bodies, or maybe something more intangible like our mind and thoughts. Sometimes the clearing of our physical spaces helps to clear the clutter of our mind. There is just one thing about cleaning...
IT ALWAYS HAS TO BE DONE!
Whether it is clearing out your mind with meditation or cleaning your counter in the kitchen, you must constantly work to keep these spaces clear from the debris of living. So we might as well make a ritual out of it. Rituals are repeated actions with specific procedures and meanings. In the Miracle of Mindfulness, Thich Nhat Hanh writes about washing dishes as if you are bathing a holy baby, which is actually just an extension of you.
“Feelings, whether of compassion or irritation, should be welcomed, recognized, and treated on an absolutely equal basis; because both are ourselves. The tangerine I am eating is me. The mustard greens I am planting are me. I plant with all my heart and mind. I clean this teapot with the kind of attention I would have were I giving the baby Buddha or Jesus a bath. Nothing should be treated more carefully than anything else. In mindfulness, compassion, irritation, mustard green plant, and teapot are all sacred.”
At Upward Spiral, our mission is to create a business, healing center, and community space where we can find this sacredness in the interconnections of all life. We believe that this wisdom is at the heart of all healing work, including the work we do for ourselves so we can better serve you.
We strive to do all our work here as daily rituals that honor the life that we all share. We hope to help make the world an ever better place to be, live, and do what we love.
Onward and Upward for 2016 and beyond!