Tuesday, January 24, 2017

More on Sanctuary

As I pursue my word Sanctuary for 2017, another word keeps popping up.


I’ve been doing what so many other people do at this time of year, decluttering, cleaning and freshening up my house. I often find myself in good company, when I ask a friend what they’ve been up to and their reply has something to do with, “Cleaning my house and getting back to normal after the holidays. I took X number of bags to ARC yesterday!” We all get deep satisfaction from reclaiming lost space, which also means reclaiming lost time.  Less time spent taking care of things.

As I clear away books, clothing, household items that are no longer useful to me, my goal is to leave some of the space empty.  Like my time for quiet reflection each morning, the lack of clutter in the space around me gives my mind a place to rest.

The simplicity of cultures like the Amish have always intrigued me.  I used to view their lifestyle as a model of self-discipline and deprivation. Like fasting. As I find myself craving simpler surroundings and wanting to let go of too much stuff, I'm drawn to the clarity that a less complicated lifestyle provides.


Linda Hoye said...

I like your goal of leaving empty spaces as you clear things away, Karen. I need to do more of that too.

Mari said...

I've been doing the same. It fees so good!

Dianna said...

Karen, thank you for this post. I have been doing some of the same and it does feel good. I think what spoke to my heart today from this post is that you like to have the space around where you have your quiet time free of clutter. I have a little stand beside my chair where I have my quiet time...and that stand has a pile of books on it. I'm going to experiment by just having what I am currently using on it and see what it does for my experience. I'm guessing it will help me relax a lot more.

Patti said...

Karen, I just had the most "minimalist" Christmas of my life, and I loved it! It started because of my puppy and her constant getting in to things. I knew a tree would be a temptation to her, as would garland and stockings on the banister. As I determined to forego using those things, I rummaged through my Christmas boxes for what I REALLY wanted to use. I came away with a nativity scene, a plate my daughter made for me when she was in 2nd grade, some candles, and some poinsettias. Oh, and a ceramic Christmas tree (about 18 inches high) that I took from among my grandmother's things when she died. I absolutely loved the clean, uncluttered look, and I decided that it would be the new way I would decorate, even when the puppy isn't into everything. By not having so much "stuff" around me, I felt less stressed and more able to focus on the real reason for the season. (And by the way, it took me all of 5 minutes to un-decorate, and everything fit into one box.)


Melinda said...

I am trying so hard to do this but life
keeps jumping in. One day...

M : )