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September 13, 2010 / alunatunes

Beauty and the Beast

“A person might be an expert in any field of knowledge, or a master of many material skills and accomplishments, But without inner cleanliness, his brain is a desert waste.” Sri Sathya Sai Baba

The home I share with my significant other is filled with dragons, mythical creatures, fairies, old movie posters,swords,  Star Trek and Star Wars memorabilia and family photos.  This arrangement is more like a castle keep than a modern home. Which suits both of us fine. It’s artsy and museum-like, comfortable and to us, quite beautiful.

Our plethora of arrangements are tidy and well-kept and within reason. Acquisitions are well thought out and meaningful. Frugality lends itself to sparse displays and cleanliness and being constantly happy with things we buy or repurpose for home decor.

Our choices may seem odd to some, but we have an inner appreciation of mythology and the stuff of fantasy.  Our home is uncluttered and organized and pleasing to us and enchants visitors.

Collections and memorabilia can overwhelm a person, leading to instances of hording and gathering beyond reason. Television seems intent on bringing these individuals and the stories of their “collections”, whether it’s  animals, food, clothing or pizza boxes, to our attention.  It’s distressing to watch relatively normal people grow an environment of stuff and stuff and more stuff without concern of health risks to themselves and their families.

Beauty can turn beastly. If you’re in mergers and acquisitions and feel compelled to add to collections that are outgrowing your home,  consider the brain power these items create. Imagine a string from each one of your possessions to you. Do you often feel hemmed in or tangled? Those strings from you to your possessions can cause feelings of distress, anxiety and confusion.

Start today to eliminate clutter. Keep a paper grocery bag on the floor of your closet and commit to tossing in one item a day. At the end of the month, take the bag to a local donation site. Do not look into the bag! As you toss each item, imagine cutting the cord that tied you to it. In 30 days you’ll feel lighter and happier and more content.

Beauty can be a beast if allowed to grow out of control.  Outer cleanliness leads to inner peace.

Tammy Brackett 2010


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