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For a couple of years I didn’t have a home. It was a continuous adventure in releasing attachments and living in the flow – which was deeply healing for my mind. I had long periods of “homelessness” and I stopped calling it that because people would hear me mention it in my podcast and write to me with concern kindly inviting me to come and stay with them.
There’s the thought that being homeless is a “bad” thing and while it can definitely be challenging, it can also be liberating!
My being on the road and without a home base challenged some people. People often wanted to know where my home base was. It’s amusing to me that when I said “I don’t have a home base,” they’d often ask me where my things were.
I’d tell them where my things were – in various places in storage, etc. And then I’d ask them, “why do you need to know where my things are?”
When I told folks I had no home base they sometimes found it difficult to understand. They wondered why I would choose that way of living or they’d think it was exciting and wonderful.
I don’t feel like I chose it. I feel like it was guidance and I was following along. Moving around and being in different places and environments, traveling with a little or a lot of stuff was a constant practice of non-attachment.
I felt my mind healing so rapidly through that higher intensity of practicing non-attachment because I wasn’t in the same space much of the time. It’s definitely easier to stay in one place. I don’t enjoy packing and unpacking. I do enjoy the spiritual healing and growth.
We can practice non-attachment wherever we are and it’s deeply healing.
It’s so helpful to notice each day where the attachments to routine are and to make the effort to relax the mind and let them go and try new things. Experimenting is a wonderful spiritual practice of discovery!
I encourage you to pay attention to the “shoulds” that still dominate your thinking. Examine the patterns of behavior that you have a strong attachment to. Look for your attachments to how you like things to be and how you don’t like them to be and be willing to just do things differently for a day, a week, a month. You’ll discover things you cannot possibly discover any other way.
And the bonus is, you’ll be giving yourself the opportunity to release more attachments more rapidly! Nice!
Sleep on a different side of the bed.
Use a different toothpaste.
Go to bed earlier or later and wake up at a different time.
Try something different for breakfast.
Take a different route to or from work.
If it feels really challenging then know that your healing awaits you! What a relief to let go of attachments! It’s absolutely liberating!
Routines can be great, and they can also be limiting. Routines can be a way that we find ourselves playing small and living in resistance.
My Stop Playing Small Online Retreat starts Friday, Sept 9. If you’d like support for making a shift from playing small in your heart, living in lack and limitation, getting in your own way, to living from Love and feeling more free and focused, check out my Stop Playing Small retreat – it’s online – you’ve never had so much FUN clearing out the mental and emotional clutter! Fear won’t stop us! Click here for more details.
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