Bringing Sunshine inside my Basement by De-cluttering

Recently, on an absolutely gorgeous sunny day in the fall here in Vermont, I made a decision to do something that in the past I would have never dreamed of doing… I took the whole day to completely clean out and de-clutter my basement.

You see, in the past I would not have been caught dead doing something like this in a dark basement on a sunny warm autumn day in Vermont. I would have been outside first thing on a 10 mile trail run, probably followed by a long mountain bike ride in the afternoon with friends, and a cold beer to finish off the day to make it feel ‘complete’.

The thought of being inside on a day like this, cleaning and organising a basement utility room and closets filled with boxes and boxes of various things that take hours to go through and sort out, would have felt like a nightmare to me back then.

After attending a number of Universal Medicine presentations, I came to realise a few years ago that my drive to fill my time with activities like sports was just a way to distract myself from feeling an emptiness brought on from not feeling like I was enough as I was. Thus I used these activities to ‘prove’ myself and identified myself by them. But today my life is very different, and I find satisfaction and completeness in the simple things in life, because the empty feeling has been replaced by a daily practice of self-loving acts and practical ways to re-connect with my body throughout the day. This has naturally brought about a greater acceptance of myself no matter what is going on in my life. I now feel there is nothing to prove to anyone.

So right after breakfast I set out to go into the dark, virtually windowless part of our basement and slowly but surely sorted through every box filled with various home and electronics equipment, junk drawers of desks filled with ‘stuff’, cleaned, organised, threw away things not used in years, and cleaned again, until at the end of the day I felt like it was complete for now.

I was left with a space that felt much cleaner, organised, orderly, and in general, lighter. Later, I would refine this even more to match my level of commitment to the project, and, I feel, to life in general.

To me, the power of committing to doing these simple and loving tasks that bring order and spaciousness to our homes is directly correlated to the level that we commit to serving others in our communities. If we can make a decision to change one simple thing about our homes, and feel how it helps things flow better in our household and lives, then maybe we can start to see how helping other people around us is both a needed and an enjoyable activity.

So on that day I was able to bring that outside glorious golden sunshine inside my basement, and more importantly, inside of me, filling my body with light and a different kind of daily purpose. It almost felt like cleaning out my basement was also clearing out space inside my body, so I was able to see how such a seemingly mundane task could hold a greater purpose in my life. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole process without for a minute feeling like I’m missing something by not doing some activity outside. The lightness inside me had matched the brilliant light outside, and I felt a greater spaciousness inside my body. I finished the day with an herbal tea with my wife, as my drinking days are forever gone. This whole experience of de-cluttering my basement has led to bringing more order to the rest of our house, and therefore a deeper spaciousness to our home.

I deeply thank the inspiration of Serge Benhayon and the offerings of Universal Medicine for showing me a way of living that has finally shown me what being LOVE truly means.

By Michael Goodhart

608 thoughts on “Bringing Sunshine inside my Basement by De-cluttering

  1. “So on that day I was able to bring that outside glorious golden sunshine inside my basement, and more importantly, inside of me, filling my body with light and a different kind of daily purpose.” Beautiful. We are so stuck on what to do when according to the weather, the day of the week, the time of day etc. and with that negating our natural sense of what is truly good for us and needed.

  2. Brilliant Michael, I love your sharing about the de-cluttering process, it is a powerful quality to live with order and simplicity every day.

  3. It’s such a great feeling discarding stuff – not only does our environment feel more spacious but I’m sure we feel lighter in ourselves and much more ready for what is next. Hanging onto stuff never works.

  4. It is amazing when we begin to re-connect to the truth of who we are within as we realise and can feel that it is our connection to our light within that brings light to our day, wherever we are and whatever we do. The more we honor this connection, heal what does not belong to this truth the more space we create for more of who we are, the light of our Soul to shine through.

  5. I used to be irresponsible and galavant around the neighbourhood. My home was disregarded. NOW, I love being home. I clean, continuously order and anything that does not feel right is questioned immediately if it belongs in my home. Its no mistake when you start to take care of your body you naturally take care of the environment you live in.

  6. Serge Benhayon is supporting people to expand their awareness of ways they can live their lives. To see that there can be more to life than meets the eye, and we have more options than we think. This is a simple straightforward example of this – to feel what is needed and not what you think you should be doing or is ‘right’ to do based on a beliefs.

    1. It is so true Sarah without meeting Serge Benhayon I would have given up on exploring the sense I had that there was more to life than what we see. Re-discovering that there is a vast world within us all, that through our connection to our essence, our Soul, we have much greater and truer sight to know what is needed, that honors the truth of our body and being, and all equally.

  7. We are going through our house to de-clutter inside out. It is a huge job but we are doing it a bit at a time and shifting 5 years of accumulated junk, building materials and items we no longer use. Every time we discard a load we feel lighter, more spacious and clearer.

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