Lord Ram, Laxman, and Seeta returned from 12 years of exile. And their return was celebrated by lighting diyas and lamps. The whole city was lightened in their honor. Today this day is celebrated as Diwali. It marks the return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya. Some believe it is the wedding of goddess Laxmi and god Vishnu. Others believe it is the birthday of Goddess Laxmi. Indians worship Lord Ganesh and goddess Kali on Diwali. It is a five-day festival of light celebrated across regions and religions. It is also a festival of togetherness and cleaning up. It is believed Goddess Laxmi enters the places that are clean. So, Diwali is India’s annual Marie Kondo moment. But somehow the clean up is limited to the shelves and drawers in our homes. It does not extend beyond shelves into our lives. In 2020 let us extend the moment further and de-clutter our lives. This Transformation Tuesday, let us look at how we do this:
When doing the cleaning ask yourself, how much of what we own do we need it? How much of what we own do we use? Can we do away with some of the unnecessary things? Keep what is essential, give away the rest and try to keep it minimalistic. Embrace this minimalistic approach and save time and energy. It will also save your money for maintenance. This can be applied to your homes as well as to your offices or shop floors.
Disposing of things, we do not want
The desire to acquire and hoard things, memories, and experiences. We should dispose of all the old things that we do not use or need. We need to clean up the shelf of old bad habits. For example, junk the obsession for social media, remove anxiety, loneliness, fear of missing out, reduce debt, and many more that are useless. Use cash wisely and consciously both at personal as well as professional levels.
By rethinking priorities
Rethink all your priorities. Diwali is when we want to shop all we can. This Diwali does not limit yourself to materials but widens the definition of prosperity. Prosperity is being successful in what you do. It is also a sense of fulfillment. It also means having peace in your life both personal and professional. A closet full of clothes and accessories would not guarantee this. Build healthy relationships with your family at home and your peers at work. Deep clean the clutter this Diwali. Revisit all your priorities and de-clutter your life. So, this Diwali, declutter your mind and soul as success begins in your mind and if your mind and soul are prosperous and sure, your life will be too.
Written by Mayuri Pandya