Taking out the garbage is yucky. It requires a certain degree of effort, and it’s never fun. You usually have to do it when you’re tired and don’t feel like it. However, having a lot of crap hanging around in your life leaves hardly any space for new and wonderful things to come in. It takes up space, space that you need for other more important things.
Marichi, the Sage reflected in the Marichyasana poses in yoga, means ray of light. These seated postures are great for detoxing and digestion, since they stimulate the liver and kidneys, and are wonderful for squeezing out all those toxins. So – all that wine you had last night with that insanely delicious bleu cheese burger and garlic fries? Sure, it was fun while it lasted, but in the middle of a twisting pose, you may feel a little queasy trying to help your liver clean out the unwanted aftereffects! It’s important to see working through this process as a good thing.
On a metaphysical level, emotional housekeeping helps sweep out past wrongdoings that no longer serve you. It clears out the histories with ex-boyfriends, hurtful things a girlfriend said once (what that was even about, no one remembers), things that scared you that actually and unfortunately came to fruition. But here’s the thing: you’ve learned those lessons. So they don’t need to take up that virtual real estate anymore. You don’t need the paralyzing feelings that accompanied them. They don’t need that kind of weight in your life. You’re ready to give that space to the latest and greatest life has to offer.
We don’t even realize all the baggage we’ve got that we’re dragging around with us, sometimes all we need is a ray of light shining down to bring awareness that we can set those things down. After all, on a practical level, if your hands are full of ‘stuff’ all the time, how can they be open to embrace what’s next?
Designer/Stylist: Peggy Khoucasian
Writer: Christie Cole