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Spiritual Housecleaning: Healing the Space Within by Beautifying the Space Around You Paperback – May 1, 2001
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I often felt that some of the exercises brought me through emotional pain, which would have been entirely welcome to me if I weren't left to hang without any sense of forward momentum or resolution. The irony in this is that the author makes a big point early on about caring for a crying child with an invisible boo-boo, yet she leaves her readers hanging out to dry. This book would probably work well for someone who just wants to add a little bit of creative thought and reflection to housekeeping tasks, but doesn't have major reworkings to do with regard to housekeeping. Related books that are built on a stronger spiritual foundation include: Everyday Sacred by Sue Bender and Being Home by Gunilla Norris.
This is about being mindful, about "practicing" (service to the soulful) everyday of your life. If that kind of thing doesn't make sense to you, you probably won't enjoy the perspective.
I love the way the author goes through each room of the house and describes their significance. Then she leads you through exercises where you learn what is important to you about those rooms. Knowing that, you can then focus on what to highlight. Because highlighting what is valuable to you is what makes a space healing.
A lot of energy here is spent on healing, it could be long term healing (making your own place of home) or short term healing (getting over the stresses of the day). As the author states: "Healing has many pathways. Generally, it builds on the view that physical health, mental health, emotional stability, and spiritual well-being are connected, because healing is wholeness and wholeness is, well, all of you."
Running through the energies of the day (living the day in sacred space), being in the transitions (waking, engaging, socializing, transitioning to time with self = sleep) are very sane ideas for a society that has lost touch with these. All healing is challenging, so if you aren't willing to look at things, this may not be for you either.
"The main thing is this: When you notice you are feeling, thinking, and being negative, you recognize that something's up for you and you spend the energy to use it for healing, destroying only that which needs destroying and constructing only that which wants constructing."
"So, whether you're done or not, you should cherish yourself with pride. You trudged, slipped, or fell to the basement and climbed back up, finding your soul expressed in everything you do, more powerful, more yourself than before, and with all the promise that a cherished soul is entitled to."
This is how the author writes. This is a book about spiritual and psychological health, it's not about using ammonia, or baking soda, or...(Debra Lynn Dadd's the source for that). This is a wonderful book that goes through the spaces you occupy and the effect they have on your being, how you feel. I would also recommend the book "House As A Mirror of Self" if you find "Spiritual Housekeeping" useful.
But don't assume this book is just about spiritual matters or that it omits the how-tos of housecleaning. The author also includes valuable tips such as "Always vacuum and dust your windows when you clean your floor" and even suggests you enlist helpers when tackling larger tasks. Finally, she urges readers to actually make sure they have time to just "putter" or do nothing - so that when they do get back to work, it is with a lightened, refreshed spirit.