Spring cleaning: Clearing space for the new

It is the perfect time of the year for spring cleaning. Your world is still structured for the old. It is so last year. Spring cleaning clears the clutter of the old to make room for the new. It helps you reformat your world.

Zen Buddhism uses the metaphor of emptying your cup. Emptying your cup of the old makes room for the new. You are reallocating your precious resources of time and energy. You are also emptying your self- beliefs and perceptions of the world that have no place in your new world.

Having a vision for the new is the essential for effective spring cleaning. It provides a basis to evaluate whether the existing things in your world serve the new. So as you hold that object in your hands wondering if you should keep it, store it or trash it, you can ask yourself, “Will this serve me in the new direction I am heading?”

And as you clean, you may encounter karma–or unfinished business. For these things, you may need to complete something before you release it. When something is complete, it no longer saps the energy of the new by seeking to complete itself. This also prevents revolving door syndrome of creating the same thing in a slightly different form over and over again.

And while you are cleaning externally, you are also cleaning internally. And while you are creating a space for your new world on the outside, you are creating a space for your new world on the inside.

So keep scrubbing until it is shiny and new.

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