Conscious Living is Also Cleaning Out Your Fridge

by mr_jeffreed at flickerWhen I read or hear people talk about conscious living it’s most often in the context of meditation, spirituality, yoga, eating vegan and other green healthy ways of living. I am all for that, don’t get me wrong, but when you are awake you also become conscious of your dirty refrigerator shelves, the dust layered under armoires, and the dust-balls, pens and paperclips stuck between your couch cushions. Or more correctly I should say the thought to look between your couch cushions will enter your awareness. You get my drift.

Living consciously and raising your awareness of your surroundings  is not only about pretty sights and light-filled abandon, wonderment and joy.  (The universal law of polarities pops its head up here. )

Living consciously carries responsibility of a more mundane sort too. It means caring enough to clean the fridge shelves- after all, no one really sees them but you. And that layer of dust that caught your eye while you were on the floor hugging your dog, well who gets down on the floor by the armoire besides you?? It’s an inner thing and you don’t have to take the responsibility until you want to. The want seems to come with living consciously.

Yup, I did feel joy while I cleaned and dusted. I found a pen I love between the cushions too. The joy came from the knowing that as I cleaned my home I was cleaning The Universe’s ( God’s ) home.  I am saying to my sacred space that is my home,” I will take care of you,” just as the Universal Source of all things (God) takes care of me.

The difference is I shut my eyes on my responsibilities sometimes and The Universe never does. 

I am putting God in ( ) because I know that not everyone calls the Great Creator, the Source of all and everything in the world, God. I do. And that’s fine, but I don’t want to force my term for my version of the concept of the Great Creator on my readers. I am wondering how best to handle the term for the universal God,  in future posts.

If you are moved to comment to tell me how you think I can most fairly refer to the universal God for the purpose of writing this blog website, I would sure appreciate it. Since I am starting now, now would be a good time to get some feedback and possible defining terms going.

I happen to love dictionaries, so if a dictionary of terms were grow from comments over time, I would take the responsibility with my whole heart, to gather and organize the terms and various meanings into a format for  download by  interested parties.  So comment away, with meaningful comments please; my first one was a spam, but WordPress caught it.

Photo Credit: courtesy of mr_jeffreed, Flickr Creative Commons

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5 Responses to Conscious Living is Also Cleaning Out Your Fridge

  1. Judy says:

    I love how you connect your spirituality with cleaning. When I feel rushed and feel like I have a million things to do I keep noticing things like dust but never slow down enough to do anything about it.

    The last couple of days I tried to be in touch with the moment and just worked on what seemed important at the moment instead of working from a “to do” list. I got a lot more done that way.

  2. Susan says:

    Kim, your picture says it all. I tend to get out of balance with the spiritual and physical. The spiritual is fun, exciting, adventurous. The material leans toward the mundane. Consiousness does make one aware that these human bodies, Mother Earth, and all things physical are gifts. Thank you for the renewed balance.
    Re: “God”, how fun would it be to use them all interchangably? “God, Goddess, All That Is”, Source, The Universe, Guidance, “He”, “She”, Creator, Allah,
    Christ Consciousness, Bhudda, the One, Grace, the “Still Small Voice”.

  3. Roz says:

    There truly is holiness in cleanliness…You’ve nailed it, Kim.

  4. sueokieffe says:

    it’s interesting to me how the woman in the graphic is taller than her refrigerator, as if she were taking charge of it….this is one area in my life where i know i am out of balance. i am working on it in little steps. i do well when i can approach it with mindfullness.
    ~sue

  5. Gayle says:

    cleanliness is next to Godliness…being awake to even seeing the dust or the “science” experiments in the refrig is GREAT!

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