There comes a time in every person’s life, where one must do some spring cleaning where you dwell. Not the typical once a week (or once a month tidying up for some of us), cleaning but a pull out the heavy duty chemicals and tools need to do some serious deep cleaning. It’s the second quarter of the year and it’s Springtime in most parts of the United States. So I decided to recently do some “spring cleaning” in the following areas of my life: mind, body and soul. Here are just a few ways that I have dug deeper into each of those areas and decluttered some of my ways of living and thinking.
Mind: Now as far as spring cleaning my mind, I’ve been literally wrapped up in reading self-help books lately. I just embarked on a new season in my life and wanted to make sure my mind was in the right direction, so what better way than to clean out my “stinking thinking” as Joyce Meyer calls it. I have literally changed or cleaned up how I think about my life and others who are connected to me and it has made such a difference in how I view my everyday life.
I have boldly made the decision to spring clean my bank accounts (I didn’t have much cleaning to do in this area lol). The books I’ve been reading, also shared a similar message: Change how you view your money. You should’ve seen the light bulb come on in my head at that moment. I’ve always viewed money as something unattainable through my lens. Well that stinking thinking, has ended! I’ve been researching FICA scores, how to pay off your high interest debts and then save money, IRA vs. 401k, etc., up until last week, I had no clue what none of these financial terms meant. I encourage each of you, according to financial guru Suze Orman, “You need to stop spending money on wants but more on your needs and pay off your debts!”
Body: My body is God’s temple and it’s about time that I start taking care of it, better because I’m not getting any younger. Now the good thing about my diet is, naturally I’m more drawn to foods that are healthier for you like fruits, veggies and meats that are baked. I’m not a junk food queen, I rarely go to fast food restaurants, I really don’t care for ice cream or candy. But what I don’t do is exercise weekly like I probably should. While spring cleaning my thoughts, I figured that I would probably be more physically fit if I exercised more instead of depending on two cups of coffee a day just to stay sane and out of jail (I usually cuss people out in my mind, hence my freedom).
My idea of exercising would be riding my bike to the local coffee shop (it’s not located that far away from my house). I’m currently NOT showing off my push-ups or planks on Instagram at Planet Fitness or drinking green blended juices for breakfast. One of my best friends suggested via Twitter, to try some easier exercises at home that can be found on YouTube. I’m sure that once my mind changes about how I view exercising, and actually start exercising and seeing some progress, I’ll become more physically fit and living a healthier lifestyle.
Soul: The bible says in Proverbs 23:7, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” With spring cleaning my mind and body, of course that analogy opened up my soul even more to receive all of what God has in store for me. I have been making room in my mind and my spirit to receive more discernment, more insight on my life’s goals and dreams, and my soul is opened more now just to be spiritually aware of God’s presence in my life. All of this occurred because I changed how I thought about my mind, body and soul.
I’ve gotten back to posting around any space I’m in, words of affirmation or speaking bible scriptures over my life and circumstances, watching videos on YouTube of my favorite pastors and television evangelists, and listening to Bishop T.D. Jakes podcasts as I’m walking through the park, taking a hot bubble bath or while I’m getting dressed for work or while I’m washing dishes. By doing doing these aforementioned things, I am constantly cleaning out my soul, because the mind is the devil’s playground and if he’s playing in your mind, it’s only a matter of time, before he will seep into your soul, trying to steal, destroy or kill your soul.
My suggestion, is make small changes in your everyday life and you see how much space you will have for so much more. Get honest with yourself and clean out the “stinking thinking” ways of how you think about your life. No matter your past, race or culture, we all can use some time to do some spring cleaning in our mind, body and soul.
In what ways can you do some spring cleaning in your mind, body and soul?