How many times have you heard the phrase “Relax, and let go of all that no longer serves you” in yoga class. Maybe it was in savasana (final relaxation pose) or maybe it was in the midst of attempting challenging arm balance.
Heck it seems that “yoga” is obsessed with letting go of things, so much so that there is a Sanskrit mantra all about it! Om Namah Shivaya.
I’m guilty of saying this phrase myself when I teach my own yoga classes and I am also equally as guilty of thinking of this “letting go” in abstract, metaphysical terms.
What do I mean by “metaphysical terms?”
Well as soon as I hear those words I think, “um what emotional baggage am I holding on to that’s keeping me stuck?” or “What spiritual beliefs am I holding onto that is making my life less than happy right now?”
And the psychologist in me LOVES to play this game! Do you play this game to?
But, as I was having a little heart to heart conversation with one of my favorite yoga students the other day, it dawned on me that this “let go of all that no longer serves you” bit can be really, like really super practical.
Here’s what I mean.
What if, letting go of what no longer serves you, was as simple as cleaning out the junk in your purse? Or maybe donating all those baby toys and gadgets that your kids have outgrown? Or even cleaning out the unused clothing in your closet.
I’m fittin’ to get metaphysical on you mama so hold on!
What we must remember, is that yoga teaches us that everything is energy. Everything is made up of an energy that we call “prana”. In yogic philosophy prana is the energy that gives things life and consciousness. BUT ALL things are imbued with prana.
Living human beings have more prana (or consciousness) than a dog, which has more prana than a single celled virus, which has more prana than a rock. (Just for example). But nonetheless everything has prana or energy.
So what does that have to do with your messy closet or over-filled pocketbook?
Well, those items also are made from prana, and just like everything else, they have an effect (if only a mild one) on everything around them.
Have you ever noticed that you feel more anxious or agitated when you’re in a room that has clothes and toys spewed all over the floor? Things hanging out of dresser drawers and various items cluttering the counters? You know like a teenage boy’s bedroom.
That just might be because there is a cacophony of crap around making it difficult for the prana to flow.
On the other hand, you feel peaceful and calm when you enter a room that has clear horizontal spaces, very little clutter and lots of free space. You know, like a luxury hotel suite.
That just might be because there is lots of space for prana to circulate with ease, which makes you feel more at ease too.
So back to your messy closet!
When you have a bunch of items, all emitting their own pranic energy, it’s sometimes difficult for you to find the ease you’re looking for in your mom life. And so letting go of those items (or decluttering) is a simple and practical way of releasing things that no longer serve you.
What can you release in your life this week? Tell us in the comments below.
Here’s to a clutter-free week mama!