You made it! You’re more than half way through The Declutter Code. With open eyes, we can now choose our perspective from which to see the world. This is key because it determines our quality of life.
(Did you read and practiced Step 5 yet? This step comes much easier when you’re caught up.)
Step 6: Shift
To shift is to move or change over some distance. It is depth and openness to see in a new way, from a new vantage point. It’s choosing to replace one paradigm for another, one belief for another, one point of view for another.
Every moment, we bring with us a perspective. That perspective is the lens through which we view the world. It’s an attitude or viewpoint about a particular subject or object (person, place or thing). The clearer this lens is, the clearer life becomes. The easier it becomes to shift our steps toward peace.
It’s shifting from attachment toward freedom. From confusion to clarity. These subtle shifts can happen all day, with each decision we make.
How It Clears Clutter
Shifting is conscious choosing.
Every moment, we’re at choice. We have the ability to choose our thoughts, our stories, our mood and our behavior. When we shift to a thought that is easy and empowering, we stop resisting the flow.
Now that we have space in which to shift, and the eyes to bring new perspective, we can shift our thoughts, beliefs, mood and behavior toward being compassionate, empowering, joyful and kind.
When we shift, we deliberately choose different. Perhaps we need to shift in order to feel better, exchanging a pessimistic mood for an optimistic one. This is possible because it’s as if we see from a new understanding. We’ve been enlightened and can no longer act from that old place.
When we shift beliefs, opinions and mindsets, our whole life shifts to take on a new light. Our lens is clear and we’re clear-headed. We begin to respond from that place. And with that subtle change, we shift our entire life experience.
Our perspective shifts toward openness and acceptance. We become aware enough to choose life, limitlessness and love over loss, limitation and lack.
We can shift toward empowering beliefs and lifestyles. When we’re grateful for something, we get more to be grateful for. When we are generous, others are generous with us. Like a domino effect.
What This Feels Like
Shifting feels like moving from one thought to another, from one belief to another. It feels like creativity and innovation, coming up with different ideas, different outlooks, ideas, possibilities, and allowing each one to play itself out.
Shifting feels like altering our perspective or outlook on life. It feels like having a change of heart. It feels like taking a different approach and welcoming a different outcome.
Shifting feels like choosing a different response, like when you want to get angry, you think of how much worse it could be, and switch to understanding and compassion. Shifting is what’s behind forgiveness and giving someone a second chance; makes it easier to start fresh and begin again.
A Tool for Shifting: Mood
Use your mood for this one. Monitoring our mood helps us know when to shift from one belief to another, or wait to act on a certain thing because we’re not in the right mental state.
Mood is like a speedometer, letting us know if we’re moving too fast and need to slow down. Or if we need to create some space from planning and do more living. If our mood is anxious, we might need to take a break and do some breathing exercises. If our mood is happy, we might need to live it up, soak in the moment and enjoy what’s happening.
I consider my mood a gauge for what’s going on with me deep inside. When I monitor my mood, I can see where my thoughts are or where they’ve gotten me as I was entranced in clutter (e.g. limiting beliefs). When I stop and recognize my mood, I can more easily shift toward a more empowering thought. Once I shift my perspective and mood to a lens of empowerment, compassion or gratitude, I start to see everything differently. Which means I can start to act from that place of empowerment, compassion or gratitude.
A shift in your mood is a thought away. You can shift from a negative perspective to a positive as soon as you make the decision to. For example, when you’re depressed, you’re choosing a downtrodden demeanor. You choose to stay in bed because that behavior seems most accessible when you’re feeling hopeless. But with the power of the mind, you can choose to get out of bed and put a skip in your step and have the whole day turn around.
If we need to gradually force a more hopeful mood before it becomes a natural mood, and that feels intentional to you, then try it. See what happens. What’s it going to hurt? You’re not forsaking a bad mood, you’re just actively decluttering the lies that got you there.
Practice Shifting Today
Spend this week shifting your perspective toward easy, empowering thoughts. Shift away from the discouraging thoughts that leave you feeling depleted.
For every complaint that you speak, say out loud two positive things about the same subject. Clear the air of the negative comment by replacing it with two positive statements immediately.
Challenge yourself, regardless of your mood, to leave you and those around you with the echo of something more peaceful and loving.
Leave a comment below on your experience with using your mood to shift to a new perspective. What does it feel like for you?
Excerpt taken from “The Declutter Code: 10 Simple Steps to Clarity.”