Something you might not know about me: I clean my own home. That’s not such an unusual thing by U.S. standards, but it really is by South African standards. After moving into my own place after getting divorced last year, I realized: 1.) I really didn’t want anyone in my space cleaning because I wanted to be by myself, and, 2.) I was capable of keeping house quite nicely myself. I’m a Grade-A housekeeper!
I know my SA friends are gasping right now. To that I say, “You don’t know what you’re missing!” In my ‘previous life’ we had a houseman, housekeeper, several gardeners and even a person exclusively dedicated to the laundry…and a chef and an au pair, not counting the chef who’d come in for dinner parties and the weekend au pair. This was not the case in the U.S. but it became the norm in my 7+ years in SA.
So it’s quite funny to me now that I don’t have any help – but SO refreshing!
Have you cleaned up after yourself lately? Regularly? Do you know how much time it takes to clean even a two-bedroom apartment? Floors, laundry, kitchen, bathrooms, garbage out, recycling, sheets washed and fresh, counters clean and shiny, drawers organized? Don’t forget to clean the refrigerator and put those fresh groceries away before you juice and clean the juicer!
You see where I’m going with this, don’t you?
Yes, the body… when you know what it takes to keep a home clean, you can begin to appreciate what it takes to keep your body clean. Your mouth is the kitchen, your body is the laundry, your colon cleansing is the bathroom and the garbage and the only way you’re going to have fresh sheets (ahem, tissues)!
I do feel an affinity for cats sometimes… they spend their days cleaning themselves, sunning themselves and sleeping, eating periodically without drawing too much attention to these satisfying intermissions. I do think I understand cats very well. This is why they purr, they hum. I also like hummingbirds and bees, which also hum and buzz. There is a topography that does this – a rainforest, for example. A rainforest has lots of water, that’s why it buzzes with life! …kind of like how you hum with life when you are well irrigated!
What do cats and rainforests have in common? Lots of water – by way of self-cleaning and rainfall respectively. This too is what my home and my body (and my dedicated clients’ bodies) have in common! Irrigation cleaning through the soap of alkalinity (green juices) and the water that removes the waste/rubbish/that which really needs to be removed. Cats, rainforests, bees, hummingbirds, rainforests, my apartment and my body – we ‘get’ natural law and we buzz with cleanliness because of it.
You know what’s funny about having a really clean home? You can have an unmade bed sometimes. Today, I left my bed unmade (shock, I know). But my house was so clean. The energy felt so good and I was running late. The unmade bed took nothing away from the pristine feeling in the inspiring space.
I thought about how sometimes I love a bite of real ice cream after a great dinner out or how I get away with a couple of glasses of a great red wine. You know what the secret is? The secret is that a clean body can do that with no unfavorable repercussions; just like a clean house can have an unmade bed… just like a really pure-hearted person can throw out a swear word every now and then and there’s absolutely no change to their vibratory field or the admiration held for them.
When things are clean there’s lots of space to play by your own rules!
The moral of the story: clean up after yourself. It pays dividends! ❤️
Photo credit: Winston Kletter Photography