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Posted on February 10th, 2014 by in Conscious Living

Mindfulness: A Guide to Getting Unstuck

by Arnie Kozak My basement was a disaster for months, a dumping ground for junk: empty boxes, retired appliances and gadgets, books, old LPs, outdoor gear. Each time I walked through the clutter, I felt anxious. I also felt stuck. And, because my studio is down there, no creative work was getting done. Perfectionism can […]

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Posted on February 6th, 2013 by in Conscious Living

Clutter Is a State of Mind; Clearing Is a Way of Being

Stephanie Bennett Vogt, guest blogger Ready for change, one paper clip at a time? In this excerpt from Your Spacious Self, Clear Your Clutter and Discover Who You Are, Stephanie Bennett Vogt traces clutter to its source (your mind) and proposes a new way of getting clear.  Change happens slowly, then all at once.—Unknown “Spaciousness?!? You’ve got […]

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Posted on September 6th, 2012 by in Healthy Living, Medical Insights

Declutter Mentally and Physically

How to clear your head—and your life—of all that stuff.

For their book, Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century, a team of researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles visited the homes of 32 typical middle-class, dual-income families in Los Angeles and recorded what they saw. The book was intended to provide, as they wrote, “an unflinching examination of actual homes amid all the joys and messiness of real life.” And messy it was:In the first house they went to, researchers logged more than 2,000 possessions—in the first three rooms alone.

Our well-documented obsession with stuff has spawned a backlash, naturally, including a movement of people who aspire to pare down to no more than 100 items—and utensils and underwear count. Many claim that among reducing the wastefulness associated with over-acquiring, a less cluttered home will lead to a less cluttered mind. But does it really work that way? Not necessarily, says Coby Kozlowski, MA, E-RYT, a professional life coach, inspirational speaker, and yoga teacher at Kripalu. “I don’t think it’s so black and white, though I do think having less stuff creates space in your life that can be supportive to reducing stress,” she says. “Stuff requires maintenance, which can eat up time and energy.”

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