New Year's always feels like a good time to clean the places in our lives that have become dusty and stagnant. These places might be physical, like our homes and bodies, or maybe they’re something more intangible like our minds and thoughts. Sometimes clearing out our physical spaces helps clear the clutter of our minds. One thing’s for sure when it comes to cleaning ...
IT ALWAYS HAS TO BE DONE!
Whether it’s clearing your mind with meditation or cleaning your counter in the kitchen, the work is constant when it comes to keeping these spaces clear of the debris from simply 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 make all of our work here daily rituals that honor the life 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!