I have been on a de-cluttering journey the couple of weeks! It is spring time, and so I have taken to spring cleaning! According to Ayurveda, Spring is a wonderful time to de-clutter the home. The reason being that spring is characterized by the kapha dosha. Kapha is composed of the elements Earth and Water. You can observe this dosha all around us now with the frequent rain showers and the earth blossoming before our eyes each day. I have loved watching the trees, plants, and flowers come alive over the past few weeks!
One of the emotional qualities of the kapha dosha is love and attachment. Like most things, these qualities have a light side and a shadow side. The light side is obviously sweet love; the shadow side is attachment, or clinging tightly onto things that no longer serve us. To create balance when we are faced with the shadow side, Ayurveda says to introduce the opposite. The opposite of attachment is letting go. One way that we can practice non-attachment is through de-cluttering our physical space. I like to call this a “Spark Joy” process!
I read Marie Kondo’s book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up” a couple years ago, in which she describes the process as only keeping things that truly spark feelings of joy! So that, essentially, it is not really about the seemingly tedious task of getting rid of things, but it is actually about getting to keep only things that truly inspire you!
It is such a beautiful practice that I wrote a blog about it two years ago right after reading the book so that you can learn the exact process that I use. I love the process so much that I now go through it at least twice a year! And so, my message for you today is that this is a beautiful time of year that nature invites us to practice letting go. Physically, mentally, and emotionally, we are called on to spark joy our lives by keeping only what inspires us and letting go of the rest!