Read This If You're Treating Your Body & Soul Like A Trash Can
Everyone's talking about detoxing, dieting and focusing on getting in shape. I personally practice an alternative way of loving life to the fullest. Although I do love my morning green juice and an awesome hot yoga session, my routine goes a little deeper.

Consider that our physical space and environment is a reflection of our internal state. What I mean is,  if you feel like crap, no amount of downward dog or vegetables, will help you feel more peace. Unlimited happiness starts from within. I learned this the hard way...

A few years ago, I was drowning in a deep depression and surrounded by chaos. 
 
Everything I did was uncomfortable. My relationships were superficial, abusive, and demeaning. My job was pointless and I couldn’t look in the mirror and see anything good. One night I burst into such an intense burst of hysteria that I was suffocating on my hot tears.
 
I splashed water on my face, stood up and said, “I can do better than this.” I looked around my ridiculously overpriced loft and saw clutter.

I saw dirty, stained clothes that I hadn’t worn in a couple of years; I noticed things that didn’t represent me or the person I wanted to be. 
 
I grabbed a trash bag and started where I assumed it would hurt the most: the closet. I pulled out everything that wasn’t working. I didn’t know what else to do but clean, unclutter, organize and remove the crap that had piled up. 
 
All I really knew was what I had been doing had not been working. Albert Einstein famously said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

Insanity had driven me to a static state of numbness piled high with stuff that didn’t feel comfortable. It didn’t take me long to recognize that my outer environment mirrored my internal state. 

Over the past years I had packed on 30 pounds by shoveling toxic sweets and deadly drugs into my body, mingling the process with obscene compulsions. 

I'd trade one addiction for the next in search of my perfect potion, but it all left me feeling cold, abandoned, and lifeless. I was treating my body like a trash can and it didn’t take long to reflect in my outer world.
 
It was obvious that if I felt unloved, lonely, uncomfortable, and unworthy, then my home, relationships, and opportunities could only reflect the same. 
 
The process of starting fresh, getting back to basics, and stripping down was the first and most critical step to helping me to regain my life. It represented a declaration that I was in control of my life and choosing to embrace goodness. 
 
When we clean out clutter, it removes the blocks to every other aspect in our lives. It becomes a gateway to let more life in. Think about your own life and where you feel blocked. If you have a door that
is blocked with junk, you can’t open it. 

The same thing is true in an energetic sense. When we have emotional, physical and material trash piled high, it drains us, slows us down, and blocks us. So the first step to playing with the world and living life to the fullest is to strip down and clear out clutter.
 
You don't have to wait until spring to do deep cleaning. Now is the perfect time to step into the new you with a fresh clean perspective on life. 

Here are tips from my book Find Your Happy, on how to embrace the good side of life by clearing out clutter.
 
1. Wake up every morning and say, "Who do I need to forgive?"

2. Practice self-love by saying I love you daily. 

3. Go to your email inbox and delete every message that no longer serves you or your path to happiness. Unsubscribe to messages/updates and magazines you no longer read.

4. Go through your closet and get rid of anything you haven’t worn in over one year. Trust me you won’t miss it. Donate it.

5. Update your picture frames. Chances are you haven’t really looked at them in a few years. Put fresh faces inside of them. This refresh will reboot your entire attitude.
 
6. Take responsibility for how you feel and how you treat yourself. If you don’t like something about your life, then look inside yourself to see how it is a reflection of your inner state.
 
7. Take inventory of your life, your stuff and your relationships. Get rid of everything that isn’t working.
 
8. Make every moment matter. When you appreciate the moment, there is an infinite amount of time.


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About the Author

Shannon Kaiser has been labeled a modern thought leader on the rise by CafeTruth. She is the bestselling author of “Find Your Happy, an Inspirational Guide to Loving Life to Its Fullest,” and the founder of the website PlayWithTheWorld.com, which was awarded Top 75 Best Personal Growth Websites and top 100 Self-Help Blogs on the internet by The Institute for the Psychology of Eating. Connect on her author Facebook Page @Shannon Kaiser Writes or Twitter.

She left her successful career in advertising to follow her heart and be a writer, life coach, inspirational speaker, travel writer and author. She is a five-time contributing author to Chicken Soup for The Soul. Shannon’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, Good Day New York, and Inside Edition. She’s writing her next book The Mental Makeover (Berkley/ Penguin Random House 2015).

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