We had an opportunity to temporarily move to Maui and I find myself back at the closet looking at what I want to take and how I'm going to pack it. I decided I would only take the essentials and leave behind whatever I didn't need for the 1-2 months we'd be there.
As I stared at my extra large suitcase for storage I started to feel the same burdening feeling I am so familiar with, What could I possibly need to hold onto if I didn't need it for those two months? Where will i store it? How will I ship it to our new home when we return?
Last minute, we decided not to go to Maui. Something about it just didn't feel right for our family. However, I now had authentically chosen "stuff" I needed to address.
While there were some items that would definitely benefit us to keep (bulk consumables that we regularly use), there was more than plenty "just in case" things that was neither serving nor enriching to hold onto. It was sitting there, waiting for the opportunity to be passed up. Might as well give it to someone who will use and appreciate it.
I scrounged up a small box that I eventually took to Goodwill and realized that these possessions laid burden on me because of the state of mind, or intention, I had when purchasing the items. I noticed certain things that were thought through, waited upon, and even excessive in its counterparts (my sewing machine or essential oil collection- I have 27!) I have no issues with. However, the sale items I bought on impulse are the constant in my Goodwill pile.
It's as if that lustful, crocodile-nature tipped my negative karma onto these things. Cleaning them out of my life truly feels cleansing to my spirit. Coupled with my no-purchasing goal for the next year, I really feel like I will find myself in a place of honesty with my experiences in life and my possessions.
What are you holding onto that brings negative energy when contemplating what to do with it? Can you notice the stress that may arise when looking at the boxes in the attic or thinking about cleaning out the storage closet?