Surrounded by Symbolism


“Come with me… Don’t look at me like that, look. Look at this! You have way too many clothes!” Xavier urged me down the hallway to the spare room I’ve been turning a blind eye to since we moved into our new place 4 weeks ago.
“I started sorting through it, I even gave a whole bag of clothes away yesterday to Serena!” I hoped to make it look like I had the situation under control.
The truth is, I’m astounded at how much shit I’ve carted to this new house. Everywhere I look there are mountains, mountains of stuff. I find myself turning in circles feeling overwhelmed by the escarpment of clutter that is the current landscape in our new home.
“Are you getting rid of them?” Xavier asked what seemed to me like a silly question.
“No. I am getting rid of some of them, but I’m loosing weight and don’t want to throw away my skinny clothes, because I’ll be back into them soon” I tried to make a valid point.
“So that means you don’t ever have to buy clothes again.” Xavier snookered me. The look of triumph on his face said it all, there’s no getting out of this one.
For the rest of the day I’ve found myself pondering how I would feel about getting rid of a large portion of the escarpment that’s filling our house and making it hard to move. Every time I think about getting rid of it, I feel freer, less constricted, able to breathe. And not just that, it’s a feeling of becoming lighter.
Which is interesting, because it’s this thought that’s got me thinking…
I’m noticing a correlation between the steady accumulation of my ‘stuff’, for lack of a better word, and the accumulation of my weight. Come to think of it the last time I had a good clean out of my belongings, I lost weight. Don’t get me wrong, it didn’t happen over night – although how awesome would that be? Throw out your stuff and wake up 15 kgs lighter!
I think it’s more about the cathartic process that happens within, when you’re sorting through that which you still need and use and that which no longer serves any purpose for you. The “getting rid of stuff’ ritual is more than just about the actual physical objects that you’re getting rid of, it’s about the spiritual symbolism of releasing these burdens from your life.
To put it another way, look around you.
Look at the things in the room you’re sitting in, choose an object, sure it’s pretty, you like it, if you didn’t it wouldn’t be sharing the room with you right now, but look deeper.
Is there a memory that you have associated with that object? Now look around the room again, how many memories are in the objects that surround you right now?
This, my friends, is what I’m talking about – the accumulation of the symbolic memories that surround you.
Now that I’m looking around me, it’s really hit home just how many of these symbolic memories that I have been carting around for so long that they’ve become a burden. A burden that I am now ready to let go of. Funny how “having a lot of emotional baggage” can become a physical manifestation…
I have to say, I am ready for the next chapter in my life. Perhaps all of this stuff is why I’ve been feeling so stagnated, despite all of the outward movement in my life. Perhaps this excess of “stuff” is the reason my weight has refused to budge in spite of my healthy eating and exercise.
Maybe, just maybe, I have to give my surroundings a good trim in order to give my waistline a good trim. Although that’s not the only reason I’m embarking on this new mission, I really feel like it’s time to let go of some of the stuff currently inhibiting our movement around our new home.
My new mantra is “I am ready to release the burdens from my past”.
Yes, it’s time for a good ol’ fashioned clean out. In a couple of weeks I’ll be heading to the markets to release my burdens and hopefully replace them with an abundance of cash! Stay posted and I’ll let you know if it has any impact on my waistline…

May your week be filled with Love, Light and Laughter!


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