BE WELL Time for Holistic Spring Cleaning, 20 VTBJ, Spring 2020-#26

Authorby Samara D. Anderson, Esq.
PositionVol. 46 1 Pg. 26

BE WELL Time for Holistic Spring Cleaning

No. Vol. 46 No. 1 Pg. 26

Vermont Bar Journal

Spring 2020

by Samara D. Anderson, Esq.

“If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.” ~Eckhart Tolle~

Now is the perfect month to implement spring cleaning, but with a holistic twist. Instead of merely focusing on cleaning (and sanitizing) your external environment and living space, expand into your inner space or more specifically, your mind. This is an important shift because I have found that my inner landscape is mirrored externally as my mind creates my outer perception or my reality. But, don’t take my word for it. Try it! Pick a habit or thought pattern that doesn’t serve you, let it go and see what changes externally.

“When you correlate the changes you’ve made inside of you with the effect you produced outside of you. You are going to pay attention to what you did and you’re going to do it again.” ~ Dr. Joe Dispenza ~

Here are some ways you can let go: 1. Things - As Marie Kondo says: “The space in which we live should be for the person we are becoming now, not for the person we were in the past.” So, look around your physical spaces in your home or working environment and take inventory. What is serving you? What isn’t? What brings you joy? What doesn’t? Make space for what matters most in your life.

2. Relationships - Take a look at your relationships. Are the people in your life strengthening you, inspiring you, lifting you up, and helping you grow? Or. are they limiting you, holding you back, and preventing you from growing? We can make choices about with whom we spend our valuable time, so choose wisely.

3. Emotions - If you are holding on to anger, resentment, or heartbreaks, let them go. Forgive those who have hurt you. Forgive yourself. Emotions become stored in our bodies leading to energy blockage, inflammation and disease. As the Buddha says: “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else, but you are the one who gets burned.” I have also heard that resentment is like a poison we take, thinking it will hurt someone else.

4. Thoughts - Reflect on those thoughts and habits which lift you up and those that bring you down. Are there negative loops spinning in your mind? Worrying, organizing, over thinking, replaying, etc. What can you change about your thoughts right now? Developing the...

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