Clutter is suggestive of disorder and mess, a negative phenomenon which needs to be identified, understood and then eliminated. The different kinds of clutter that can significantly deplete the quality of life are not just on the physical plane but also on the mental and spiritual planes. Normally, there is awareness of clutter only at the physical level as it consists of tangible, perceptible articles and these are relatively easy to deal with.
Whatever we have in our possession, over and above what we need, is clutter. Clutter is accumulation of redundant items that need to be sorted out and done away with. According to Feng Shui, unwanted stuff that crowds living spaces and work spaces can be a major inhibitor in the flow of positive energy. Clutter is the result of indecisiveness, laziness, greed and excessive attachment to material possessions. It is a good idea to give away all surplus and obsolete things to those who have use for them. Much time and energy which is dissipated in managing the unnecessary mess, can be directed towards cultivating higher aspects of life.
Mental clutter is the most complex, harmful and also the most difficult to deal with.
It can be in the form of a jumble of negative feelings, emotions, attitudes, prejudices and perspectives deeply embedded in one’s psyche, acquired from one’s surroundings, interactions and life’s experiences.
A large chunk of our mind is shackled by our past. Unpleasant past experiences, involving people and events, cloud the mind with grudges and hostilities. Another clutter-effect can be when past negativity is directed towards one’s own self, resulting in self-pity and low self-esteem.
Another part of the mind is clouded by future uncertainties. We constantly and needlessly worry, brood and get anxious about imaginary problems in the unseen future, adding even more clutter to an already burdened mind. As a result, beautiful moments of the present are totally eclipsed by the mental clutter of past and future. Life stagnates.
In essence, clutter is confusion. Another common mental blockage is lack of clarity, that leads to confusion regarding life’s purpose. An entire lifetime is squandered in frivolousness, drifting aimlessly, indulging in mindless pursuits.
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