The summer had been lovely but suddenly it is starting to get cooler and feel like autumn at last and the days are getting noticeably shorter.
With the onset of cooler weather I have been motivated to de-clutter the house, room by room and start to sort things out – recycling or throwing away anything that is no longer needed.
A bit of good advice I read is to create some empty surfaces in the house-shelves, table tops etc; live with that for a while and then eventually put just one item back but choose it carefully making sure it is something you value, something that is meaningful to you so you can really appreciate it. That really helps give you a better perspective on what is important to you in life.
Another piece of useful advice is that every time you acquire something new, get rid of something which you already own, but which you no longer need. That way you don’t get swamped with clutter.
De-cluttering definitely gives you more energy. Actually with the change of seasons and all that brings -changes in colour, temperature, light, movement in the air and so on this seems an appropriate time for de-cluttering and simplifying life.
In Yoga philosophy aparigraha is the last of the five yamas of Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga and can be translated as ‘non-greed’, ‘non-possessiveness’, and ‘non-attachment’. It could be interpreted as not attaching ourselves to possessions or letting go of things, people, habits- even emotions and memories- that no longer serve us.
Yogis are quite used to the concept of letting go. ‘Breathe out and let go’, is a common reminder in a yoga class. We aim to let go of of unnecessary physical tension in postures and relaxation; we let go of the breath, rather than holding onto it, allowing the exhalation to be complete in relaxation; we let go of worries, thoughts and what is going on around us to create our own inner stillness while we are practising.
Letting go and de-cluttering whether it is our external or internal space helps create a more harmonious, positive state of mind and Autumn is an ideal time to start.