If you wear glasses, and they’re smudged, or specked with dirt - clean them.
If you can comb your hair - comb out all of the knots in the morning.
If your hands are dirty - wash them.
I know this sounds like self-care 101. Or perhaps like a big old “duh” to many people. Consider that it’s more than that.
Have you ever felt stressed, disorganized, and overwhelmed…then looked around and seen that your physical space was in a state of total chaos as well? Of course I’m falling apart here, you think, nothing about this is conducive to being calm!
So you tidy up. And while that doesn’t magically dissolve all of the stress and overwhelm you were feeling, it helps a great deal. But why? Why in the world should what’s outside of you have any real effect on what’s inside?
I believe it’s because we are always interpreting our world. We’re always making it mean something.
A messy person equals a careless person.
A reckless driver equals a jerk.
A fast food meal equals someone who doesn’t care about their body.
We interpret and (often wrongly) make meaning of our world and other people in these really obvious ways.
And then we also do it subtly. Subconsciously. For these sly interpretations, we often don’t realize what we’ve made something mean until we’ve altered the physical and found a reverberation in the spiritual.
Once I’ve cleaned my glasses, a great deal of my confusion and distraction disappears.
After I’ve combed out my hair (for the first time in two days - don’t judge), I find that less troubles me.
When I wash my hands, I can bring my full attention to the next task.
This isn’t always the case. But for intuitives, empaths, and sensitive people (i.e. you), the connection between physical experience and spiritual/emotional health can be very potent.
So before you write off your next self-defeating thought or mood, look at what’s on you or near you that has been neglected.
What are you making it mean?