Recipe for Mind

This year has passed in such a whirlwind that I didn’t stop long enough to do a proper spring cleaning.  I am not what anyone would call obsessive-compulsive about cleaning, but I do recognize the power of releasing clutter – something that inevitably builds up in many nooks and crannies of my home and office.

My good friend and colleague, Dr. Mary Bryant told me the other day that “a good definition of mental health is the process of creating order out of chaos.”  I know that one of the main principles of the “space-clearing” or Western school of feng shui is about getting rid of clutter as the number one priority in creating a healthy, productive and supportive working/living space.  (Here’s an article I wrote about a decade ago on the benefits organizing through feng shui.)

So I decided that I would do a “Fall Clearing” as opposed to spring cleaning.  But I also realized that it didn’t have to be done “all at once” in a frenzy, my usual modus operandi.  It’s a fact of human nature – when we anticipate having to do something that is not our favorite pastime, we tend to procrastinate and resist.

Furthermore, we are living in a time when everyone is busier than ever before.  With so much to do during our working days, cleaning out the closets is not an appealing task for our day off.  And I truly believe that having one full day off – a true Sabbath – is essential for mind, body, spirit health:  A day of relaxation, contemplation, or just plain FUN.

The way I resolved this was by making a commitment to do my fall clearing in “manageable moments”,

  • taking a drawer or two, a bin, or a corner of my office or closet as a daily task.
  • Sometimes I would grab the bin and sit in front of one of my favorite TV shows as I organized,
  • other times I put on my ipod and rocked out to the task and
  • occasionally I would find myself fully immersed, getting into the zen of the job at hand and fully enjoying the moment.
  • If I undertook  a particularly unpleasant assignment,  I even rewarded myself with a special treat or indulgence.

During this fall clearing, I have enjoyed much better sleep, probably due to not having these tasks hanging over my head as well as the guilt that I get when I procrastinate.  Establishing positive, life-affirming habits, such as discipline and organization take time and commitment, but the rewards are more self-confidence, a clearer mind and an easy-to navigate living and work space.

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LindaJoy Rose (Academy Founder and Natural Wellness Expert)

LindaJoy Rose, PhD is a therapist, author, professional speaker, international trainer, and healthy living expert with over 25 years of experience. As the former Director of International Development for the American Board of Hypnotherapy, she is a pioneer in the field of subconscious dynamics and clinical hypnotherapy, implementing training and certification in many countries across Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Dr. LJ has appeared numerous times as the Healthy Living expert with the Tampa NBC affiliate and syndicated Daytime TV show, local media coverage, and over 100 videos on the super-information site, eHow.com.

She is the author of eight books, including Your Mind: The Owner’s Manual and Raw Fusion Living: Recipes for Health Eating, Natural Weight Loss and Anti-Aging, and contributes regularly to the popular worldwide news service, The Huffington Post.

With a grant from the Astra-Zeneca Foundation, Rose successfully launched a healthy lifestyle retraining program at one of the nation’s largest and most respected clinics. Having overcome a debilitating auto-immune disorder through lifestyle changes and self-care, she subsequently developed a practical and delicious eating philosophy and teaches popular classes with food demonstrations, world-wide.

In 2013, she launched the online and onsite Natural Wellness Academy with certifications in Holistic Health and Life Coaching and Clinical Hypnotherapy and with students and graduates in almost 20 countries.

The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Dr. Rose is also a volunteer docent at the Florida Holocaust Museum and resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and 4 furry companions.

"From training therapists internationally in the fields of psychology and hypnotherapy to being an online mentor for two West Coast Universities, to founding the Natural Wellness Academy, teaching has always been my passion, I enjoy nothing more than informing and inspiring prospective coaches and therapists."

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(2) Comments

  1. MargomargofrazierM

    Your Fall Clearing article was such an inspiration that I am dedicating a whole week to clearing in my life. I have cleaned my bedroom which is where my love is rear right side of my home and cleaned my dining room, abundance room left rear side of my home. I then cleaned out my pantry, dissolved some energy sucking relationships and scheduled so much needed self care time. Thank you for your inspiration for me to take care of my mind body and soul.

    Margo Frazier
    Houston Texas

    • So kind of you to take the time to write this, Margo! The other day I got my closet completely switched out (in abundance quadrant) and separated out piles of clothing to give away. Such a good feeling! warmly, lj

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