Day 1: The Junk Closet

Via Marylee Fairbanks
on Sep 30, 2011
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Most people have a junk drawer. I have a junk closet.  It’s the place I toss all the things that I can’t deal with, fix, figure out what to do with, or think I might need someday.

I don’t like walking past this closet because I hear it whisper, “Deal with me”.

Yoga teaches us that we store experiences and emotions in the body.

Asanas open us up and we sometimes get flooded with feelings that we have pushed down. It’s like opening that closet door and trying to figure out where to start, what to let go of, and what is worth repairing. Our bodies give us clues as to what is holding us back. If we ignore these signs, it can lead to illness.

Listen to what whispers to you and notice the little things.

I spent an entire afternoon in that closet.  My son helped me arrange piles and toss things. Now I know exactly what is in there and have an empty shelf waiting to be filled with something new.

According to the principles of Feng Shui the things we stuff into our closets represent the experiences we haul with us in our daily life.  A messy closet can constrain choices for our future. Cluttered closets may indicate problems waiting to be dealt with. It can effect sleep, wear you down,  and even cause headaches.

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Other pieces by Marylee:   American MomThe Princess Of Garbage DaySing Out, Clara, and Letter From A Bully.


About Marylee Fairbanks

Marylee Fairbanks is a columnist for Gaiam, elephant journal, My Life Yoga, and, Her essays explore Motherhood and yoga, but mainly focus on her experiences with her young son and the many ways he helps her grow. She is a registered yoga teacher and founder of Chakras Yoga and The 24 Things. She teaches Chakras Balancing workshops and yoga classes. Prior to having her son, she performed in Broadway musicals across the country. Marylee lives in Massachusetts with her husband, son, and dogs. Find her on her website and follow her on twitter.


5 Responses to “Day 1: The Junk Closet”

  1. OK! If nothing else, I will clear out that junk drawer today. Posting this to the elephant facebook page in a few moments. Cheers!

  2. Thanks Lynn! I hope that drawer leads to further!

  3. Ha, yes I have one! Top left in the kitchen!

  4. soniarumzi says:

    Hmmm! What a great way to live. Empty the junk inside and out. Love this!

  5. marylee says:

    Thanks Hannah and Sonia! SO glad you are joining us! keep me posted on your experience and what you uncover about yourself in the process of letting go