“All that I have, is all that I need.”
The journey is to uncover it. It appears to be buried under layers of mistaken idols. These idols include everything I have collected and kept over all my years of living.
Marie Kondo has caught my attention. Marie’s practice takes me into an intimate relationship with the community of “things” which “live” in my personal space.
Her practice isn’t making the journey easier, but it is helping me see the essential when I ask her simple and profound question as I connect with each thing, “Do you spark my joy?”
Here is what I have discovered so far:
- Every “thing” is a sentient being.
- All “my things” live in “communities” that share a common theme.
- The journey is to gather the community of things, with their appropriate theme, into one space. One bed, one floorspace, a room…whatever it takes to hold it all. Every single member of the community within my personal living space is being held by me or worn by me while I ask the penetrating question, “Do You Spark My Joy?”
- My space includes two acres of land holding three tipis, a “big” house and a “little” house with porches and patios and a deck with a hot tub. There is a yoga/performance studio in a yurt. There is a shed and pump house, a well with a water tank, tool room, solar system and a salt water float pool inside a yurt. There is a fence all around the acreage with four gates, over one-hundred trees, a garden, greenhouse, orchard, grape arbor, rockwork, a tree swing and a medicine wheel.
Having just begun this Kondo Journey I gathered several large bags of clothing and accessories from my closet that don’t “spark my joy.” They did spark joy for some of my friends that I gave them to! Hopefully the rest find homes with someone whose joy they do spark.
I moved to California ten years ago in March of 2009. My various versions of myself came here from Illinois to the San Ysidro mountains, at 4000 feet elevation where I am surrounded not by the man-made but in the four basic elements of nature:
- A rare, alkaline, pristine well that gives me all the water I need.
- Year round sunshine in clear, open skies and night skies that sparkle with stars and the moon.
- Clean, clear gentle winds that bring amazing weather to me from the nearby ocean.
- A high-desert, oak grove with its sandy/ loamy fertile earth.
I joyously share this space with occasional two-legged ones…and ongoingly with 3 cool cats and the tree people, the four-leggeds, the winged ones, the stone people, and the creepy crawlies…you get the picture.
“All That I Have IS All That I Need.”
I am so blessed and rededicated to being a good steward to this land that I live on.
I am giving myself all of 2019 to complete this process of asking every thing on my property the Kondo Question!
Only Love is welcome here and Only “Things” that Spark My Joy! Is there a difference?