Spring is Everywhere! The Earth is renewing and life is bursting forth. In the Christian tradition we are celebrating the New Life of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Observing these things, we can see that the old is released before the new can come forth. Leaves and flowers of the past year break down and nourish the earth and the new life springing from it.
This same renewing urge is moving within each of us, calling us to release things of the past that no longer serve us. What nature does without struggle however, we tend to resist. Entangled in emotion and error thinking, we hold on for dear life to the things that annoy or frustrate us and keep us stuck in the clutter of our mind, heart and environment.
In the Buddhist tradition, enlightenment requires detachment. "As above, so below...as in the outer so in the inner." It does not matter whether we are talking about finances, relationships, your home, car or job. It is all connected.
Do you have clothes that no longer fit? Or dented pots and pans with woogedy handles? Or broken tools in the garage...next to a car that will never run again? Do you have any anger, resentment, lack of forgiveness, guilt, shame or regret that you just can't seem to let go of? If so, that is like cleaning the house by sweeping dirt under the rug and washing the laundry with dirty water. It just won't work.
There are no shortcuts, but the change will be wonderful and permanent when we learn to let go. The reason "confession is good for the soul," is because we get it out of our heart. We can then let the Universe transform it to good.
I find that from time to time an old hurt, embarassment or regret may come up and hit me with a wave of emotion. At those times I remind myself that I've already repented (realized my error and changed the causitive factor) and given it to God. I am DONE with it. It is like looking at a photo of the house when it was messy, knowing that this is no longer the condition of my home.
If you go to your door and find a satchel of old emotional baggage, kick it to the curb. Remind yourself that you already let that go. Don't go to the Goodwill store and buy back the belongings you donated. Lighten up!
Enjoy your springtime with a light mind, and light heart as well as a home filled with fresh air and sunshine.