Is Your House In Order?

Impact of water in a water-surface

Living a happier spiritual life isn’t difficult. All you need to do is pay attention. I hear so many people that can’t “keep their house clean” and those are usually the people who seem to be always complaining or grumbling. Their house, their life, everything seems to be chaos all of the times. Their expressed gratitude about their life seldom, incidents of its greatness few and far between.

Keeping the house clean both physically and spiritually, is easy once you know where everything goes. And as long as everything has its place, we’re okay. I have revisited this myself several times. And it gets easier every time.

In a desperate attempt to get our daughter to understand what I mean when I ask her to “put something away” I said, “ Moving something from where it doesn’t belong to another place it doesn’t belong is not cleaning up!” Zing…the lights go on…Zing again…I overhear her telling our son what she just learned….verbatim! Zing the lights go on in my head…wow this works for our thoughts on spirituality too!

Do you know where everything is supposed to go in your spiritual house? Or are these things just getting moved from place to place obscuring the view of the things you need and things you need to reach? Are we cluttering our spiritual shelves with garbage?

It is not hard for our spiritual shelves to get cluttered. Often, focusing on the differences in spiritualities inadvertently muddies our own waters. Why? Because we keep dividing, trying to micro organize many things that we needn’t be micro organizing. Micro organizing spirituality is like trying to organize sand. You’re going to lose some of it, it’s going to make a mess and you may lose that one grain you need. That one grain that ties it all together for you!

The second aspect of spirituality that can be a challenge in keeping house is that it is fluid. Spirituality is like water running over you cleansing, hydrating and renewing.  Spirituality is like a breeze constantly flowing through your being. It is refreshing our spirits constantly, amazing us with realizations and insights that come sometimes everyday.

When we organize by whats in common and don’t try to keep those things so separate we find a few things happen. We find that some of those grains of sand come together and form a rock that we can hold onto with certainty and put on a shelf of honour. Ready to be taken out and utilized at any time. We find that our community is larger than we thought it was, we find there are more people like us to share with and learn from. We find practices that are ancient that we can utilize today. We find our faith strengthening.

“Asking, Believing and Receiving” is to me the same as “Ask and it shall be given”. There is no need to separate these things just because the terms are different or they come from different sources. When it leads me to a greater understanding and faith in my belief’s then I can be truly grateful for the wisdom that has been imparted to me for my understanding. When I look at a labyrinth or Buddhist Monk in meditation and find a way to be closer in my relationship with the Divine I can be grateful for the wisdom of these ancient methods of meditation that bring me greater awareness of my relationship with the Creator of all.

We all need to do spring cleaning. We all need to do a little organizing now and then so that we can clearly see where to put things on the spiritual shelf. Sometimes things don’t need to go anywhere but in the circular file. But sometimes it will find a place of honor, sometimes it will be that one grain of sand that binds with others to form a rock of solidity for us to hold on to. Because everything has it’s place and we will always know where to find it.

© Adrienne McLeod 2011


About Adrienne

I am Canadian born, for those of you needing clarification. I was raised in Minnesota, The Land of 10,000 Lakes, Multiple Musical Geniuses, Lake Wobegon, and really, really cold winters. Writing, Music and Photography are my passions. My current companion is my camera though my guitars and the piano are always close by and often consulted. Inspiration is everywhere and so is beauty. I now reside in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada. I love to write, ponder and give back what I have learned in my journey with the hope that it will benefit others.


  1. Pingback: Everything Has Its Place « Ariadne's Muses

  2. Thanks for sharing your perspective and insights. A spiritual life surely is a possible reality in a relationship with God. One important truth that your post resonates is the importance of removing the clutter in order to maintain focus.

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