Spring Clutter Clearing: A Great Way to Clear Your Mind

Spring is here and it is a great time for spring clutter clearing. When we take the opportunity to clear out the old things we no longer need and make room for freshness. In the past, I’ve written about how to live in tune with the winter and the spring in accordance with Chinese Medicine. Spring clutter clearing is a great way to activate the spring energy.

What does clutter clearing do for me?

I want to focus on the significance of clearing clutter from our lives. Cleaning and clutter clearing can mean many things to many people. But, ultimately, it means moving energy. Spring is when it is imperative to move energy mentally, physically, and spiritually. If we do not clean up and organize, we may not be able to appreciate the rejuvenating and energizing flow of Qi that comes with spring. This refreshing and revitalizing energy flow is our gift from the universe for enduring a long winter and giving ourselves time to stop and reflect.

On a physical level, people will start improving their diets and get started on fitness activities if they do not begin in January with the New Year. They will also start seeing a brighter outlook on life and personal/professional endeavors. All of this is perfect. Keep the Qi moving. That should be everyone’s mantra for spring.

Much like cleaning out the vents in our homes, we need to clean out the dirt, the junk, and the things not serving us in our bodies and minds. I am referring to “cleaning” our destructive thought patterns and habits.  These are considered clutter, too, just in a different form. Clutter, in all forms, will only slow you down and make your life more confusing and stressful.

Need some more reading?

Many resources can help with this decluttering. You can find them online, in bookstores and libraries, and possibly on your bookshelf at home. Find something that will help ease into it so it is not too stressful. A few books our family has found useful are Spark Joy by Marie Kondo and Declutter Your Mind by S.J. Scott and Barrie Davenport.

A Gift From You To You

Most importantly, be kind to yourself and appreciate the things you have kept and the experiences, feelings, and memories you have accumulated. And then take some time to evaluate. Does this bring me joy?  Does this serve my current purpose in life? If the answer to these questions is “no,” then it is time to thank them for their service and return them to the universe. You can think of that as literal or figurative recycling.

Stop and Breathe

There is no better way to declutter the mind than through meditation. Meditation allows us to break free from and clear away negative thought patterns and habitual thinking. It helps clear the dust and cobwebs in our minds and our thinking. Sometimes we find ways to do this on our own, and sometimes group support can be a fantastic way to get started. Fortunately, we have several group meditation resources available to us in the Keene, NH area. Here are a couple to check out:

Some readers may be tired of me continuously suggesting meditation, but don’t expect it to stop anytime soon. I firmly believe that if everyone had a regular meditation practice, every other medical practitioner and I would need to close our doors because of a lack of patients. It is that effective. So, let’s make a pact to ourselves to take time each day to declutter a piece of our lives to help us continue to make this a transformative year.

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About the Author - Michael Hurley, L.Ac., FABORM

Michael is the co-founder and acupuncturist at Cup of Life Healing Center. He specializes in Women's Health and Fertility--a passion born from he and his wife's own fertility journey. Michael holds a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Health and Science (formerly PCOM), one of the top-rated acupuncture schools in the country. He is nationally certified with the NCCAOM and licensed by the State of New Hampshire to perform acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. 

Michael has also dedicated himself to rigorous and extensive advanced reproductive endocrinology and reproductive medicine studies. He is a board-certified reproductive acupuncturist with The Acupuncture and TCM Board of Reproductive Medicine (ABORM). He is also certified in 5-Element Functional Endocrinology and Reproductive Medicine.

Cup of Life Healing Center has two locations: 82 Washington Street, Suite 2, Keene, NH and 400 Amherst Street, Suite 402, Nashua, NH.  The clinic can be reached via phone or text at (603) 352-3625.