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Marie Condo taught us how to spark joy in our homes, but how can we spark joy in our hearts?

 

A few months ago, I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I quickly followed it up with Spark Joy, the companion novel to the first. I was so excited to get started and found myself looking around for things that didn’t spark joy in my life, per Kondo’s instructions. 

 

It felt good to declutter and move away from the things that, in some ways, may have been holding me back. There were so many things I didn’t even realize I’d been holding on to. 

 

I filled boxes with books, clothes, and the like. 

 

I found permanent homes for the things we kept.

 

As the euphoria faded and life returned to normal, I got to thinking. 

 

How often do we do these same things with our minds and hearts? How often do we hold onto memories or thoughts that don’t spark joy? How much are we weighed down by the past? Last week I wrote about accepting the things we cannot change. Now it’s time to let it go.

 

Declutter your mind. Focus on the things that spark joy and hold onto them. Hold onto them as tight as you can and find a safe place for them in your mind. Find the things that don’t spark joy and just throw them out! They’re not doing anyone any good. In fact, I’d be willing to bet that you’ll feel a million times better.

 

Now don’t get me wrong, it’s probably not possible to completely forget these things. Our brains don’t work that way. But it’s possible to control the focus of our thoughts. Does the focus of our lives spark joy? 

 

Do the things that come to mind during our days—while we’re sitting on the bus, doing the dishes, falling asleep—spark joy? Or do they bog us down? Do they keep us up at night or do they uplift us? 

 

Take a moment to think about it. 

 

To declutter your mind of the thoughts you don’t need.

 

To declutter your heart of the feelings that aren’t constructive.

 

To declutter your life of that which is not worthy of you.

 

You may be surprised the world of difference it can make. 

 

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