SPRING CLEANING YOUR CLUTTER
There has been a reoccurring theme that the past 39 years of nutritional consulting has revealed to me from time to time. It is a subject I have struggled with when exposed to it. I don’t know if I
will ever have the all of the answers but I wanted to share what the past 39 years has taught me.
The scenario goes something like this: An individual telephones about a health condition he/she has or a family member or neighbor has. As I listen, several questions will present themselves to me–have they been to see a medical health practitioner? If so what has been recommended? What foods are they eating in their diet? Tell me about your lifestyle, has there been a recent trauma, illness, or situation?…and the list goes on.
I sense their frustration, fear, depression etc. from not feeling well but when the question comes up “are you ready to change?” (Change can be physical, emotional, or spiritual. It is the body, mind,
spirit connection. ) I get several revealing answers. Those answers go something like this: My neighbor suggested I do this so that’s what I’m doing right now (I think to myself what training or experience does
this neighbor have to make safe, realistic, life changing suggestions?). The next question I ask myself is (why are they calling me if they really have no intention to listen or change?) The next
question I ask myself is (are they calling me so that they can get someone off their back and truthfully say they called me?). (Then I think if they are getting worse, doesn’t that indicate that what they
are doing isn’t working for them and they need to make some changes), or the rationale that I will continue to take this until I am out of it even though it is making things worse. (I ask myself why are they on a path of self destruction and beating themselves up?)
So what is it that propels an individual to seek out help but then find all kinds of excuses to deny the help? One of the biggest reasons is DENIAL AND LACK OF SELF LOVE that refuge to acknowledge there is even a problem (I’ll just continue doing what I am doing or taking and when I’m finished I’ll get back with you and hope it will all go away.) I always think to myself (if what you are taking is not helping you feel better, or supporting the body for better heath than why continue doing what isn’t working?) 39 years of hearing excuses, rationalization, procrastination and faulty logic.
A summation of 39 years of questioning individuals’ behavior came to me when a medical doctor contacted me about his wife. As a medical doctor he had done everything he could think of to do from his medical training. He then went outside his medical training to look at nutrition and additional therapies mentioned on the internet that possibly could contribute to solutions for his wife’s condition. His attitude was refreshing, honest and open. His reaction to his wife’s condition brought forward a belief I have held for many years. He was willing to do whatever it took, even going outside the comfort of his box of beliefs, actions, and behaviors, because he was COMMITTED to his wife and her well being. He knew how to love and go outside of himself for someone else. Commitment to self! The individuals who deny themselves the help they need are not committed to themselves. They don’t think they are worth it. Others’ needs are more important. The WANT that another has, is more important then the NEED of the individual. Over the years I have felt sorrow, sadness, and heartache for these individuals. Years of meditating and prayers offered in their behalf brought me to the reasons why this behavior exists. I hope that some of my answers will help you if you are struggling or know someone who is struggling with a lot of clutter. Perhaps some of the suggestions will help calm, and help rid the clutter that is holding you/them back from more satisfaction in life, solutions for your life, better health, better self esteem and progress.
Why We Can’t Let Go and feel comfortable with change.
1. Write down your concerns: Get them onto paper and out of your mind. This lessons the burden and fear that you have. It can literally remove some of the “weight” you are carrying that could be behind pain and inflammation.
2. Identify what is essential to you and what is not essential. Eliminate as much as possible by asking yourself “Which of the things worrying me and cluttering my mind are not truly necessary or important to me?” A list of “NOT TO DO ” list may open up time and energy to “DO LIST” that gets you back to the essential basics.
3. Go slower. Learn to take life at your own pace and not be rushed by others or outside things. Single-task. Research has shown that multi-tasking doesn’t save time or increase efficiency. Instead it fills the mind with a lot of clutter, low productivity and frustration. Focusing on just one thing at a time and completing it brings a feeling of calm, and satisfaction as you enjoy the “fruit of your labor”.
4. Breathe deeply. The mind can form destructive habits of living and thoughts that can interfere with our ability to calm them down. The mind becomes overrun with too much information and not enough stillness. Place your fingertips on your forehead, above each eye and press firmly for 3 to 4 minutes while taking some deep breaths. Repeat in your mind that you are okay no matter what happens. This will help bring blood back into the frontal part of your brain, which is the part of your brain that knows the solution to your life’s situation and helps calm you down.
5. Watch less TV. Much of what is on TV simply fills your head with noise, without the redeeming qualities of music, reading, or good conversation. Research has shown that vegging out in front of the TV is not relaxing to your mind or body. Relaxing conversation, peaceful reading, soothing music, meditation and prayer help the mind begin to quiet.
6. The blessing of letting go. Worrying about something? Angry with somebody? Frustrated? Critical or judgmental? These are emotional “dis-eases” of the mind and clutter it with negatives. Learn to let go and release. Not an easy thing to do but well worth the effort. Life Zone’s June Reese, has the the skills and training to teach individuals how they can release their clutter.
7. Focus on improving your overall health. “Live a Meaningful Life”. Focus on diet, exercise, proper sleep and loving thoughts which all can help mental clutter release and clear away; an important step in taking care of your brain, body and spirit.
8. Finish what you start. Don’t debate and waste time deciding if it’s the “right” thing to finish. Just do it now. Visualize yourself as a focused, reliable individual who puts action into place and can be “counted” on.
9. Release your clutter. It can be very profound releasing all of your brain clutter. June Reese at Life Zone is head of educational training and teacher of Release work. Learning how to Be in charge of releasing your own clutter and being educated in the steps to achieve this is an amazing experience. June is an experienced facilitator, educated to assist individuals “Live Life Connected” through their own personal empowerment which releases their false beliefs and clutter. It is an experience that brings an individual into more love and appreciation for who they are. You can contact Life Zone (801- 593-0325) for more information about June.
A cluttered mind can be a hindrance if you can’t see what is right in front of you. It can compromise your well being and set you up for failure. Be kind and forgiving to yourself. Show respect to yourself. Avoid criticism–don’t degrade yourself. Ask questions that invite positive conversation and support change. Control your anger. Anger drives away intuitive feelings and thought. It can destroy fragile relationships. Keep trying, stay teachable and strengthen your physical relationship with your emotional and spiritual
Be willing to spring clean your clutter, release it, and go forward with confidence and the knowledge of your self worth.
Happy Spring Cleaning
Dr. Janeel Henderson