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is very different, and I find satisfaction and completeness in the simple things in life, because the empty feeling has been replaced by a daily practice of self-loving acts and practical ways to re-connect with my body throughout the day.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

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

  1. I love that after completing something that supports you and your home deeply, the benefit of this was confirmed through you getting to feel the lightness and spaciousness inside your body. There is nothing so small or mundane when it comes to cleaning or clearing out that can’t have a remarkable healing affect when truly appreciated and embraced.

  2. I can relate to much of what you have shared Michael – believing that I had to be outside when it was a sunny day, making the most of it, otherwise I would think that my day was not lived to the fullest. Gorgeous to feel how your commitment to work through that which no longer serves holding on to in your house, brought an expansiveness and clarity that was also reflected through your body, that now is filled with the lightness of love. This too I can also relate to. For when we move with the knowing of the love we are within, we move in a way that always offers expansiveness and the freedom to all be all that we are in full, wherever we are.

  3. Michael a timely read for me as I have recently gone through all the boxes I have stored in my parents garage for 3 years after breaking up with my then partner. What the hell was I holding on to I asked myself? I have since done 2 car boot sales and gotten rid of an enormous amount of literally just stuff! I feel soooo much better about it and so much lighter for having made such a huge cull.

  4. I love coming back to this article, it is so inspiring and enlightening. I have several sheds around my home that have held discarded or, ‘it will come in handy or be useful one day’ items. I am gradually clearing them all and it feels so liberating. I also love how you get to realise here that we don’t have to be outside to enjoy the sunshine, the sun can shine as equally within us and how awesome that feels.

  5. ‘I was left with a space that felt much cleaner, organised, orderly, and in general, lighter’. This is in reference to your basement Michael, but it is also in reference to your body. I always feel amazingly light after a deep clear out.

  6. Oh wow. What I am getting here is that I may think I am having ‘my’ moments, doing ‘my’ stuff, but really, everything I do, every moment I breathe, it is not possible to do it just for myself, it is for everyone – and it’s not even a choice. It already is.

  7. I have recently been clearing out my home and I am loving the pockets of spaciousness I am creating. It is not something I have tackled in one day (as for me it felt like that day would never come) it has been one step at a time and it too feels much cleaner.

  8. “I now feel there is nothing to prove to anyone.” – this is really powerful because it comes with a freedom to honour what we feel instead of designing our day according to what we think will get us recognition from others.

  9. “The lightness inside me had matched the brilliant light outside, and I felt a greater spaciousness inside my body.” Beautiful Michael, and just goes to show when we are truly with ourselves it matters not where we are or what we are doing, the lightness and spaciousness that we are affects everyone and everything around us.

  10. A beautiful sharing Michael, thank you. When we are connected to the deliciousness of who we are within, no task is mundane in my experience, for as you say, we take our sunshine with us wherever we go.

  11. A very lovely feeling in the home and in our bodies when we have cleared out, made space and brought order. It’s no longer a burden in the basement but a real pleasure to walk into that room and feel the change.

  12. It is amazing how much time and energy can be used up in trying to prove our worth. And I can find myself caught in this without even realising it, but the tiredness and fatigue that follows is usually a pretty good sign that something has gone amiss…

  13. Michael this is lovely story to read – choosing to live in a way that you no longer need to prove anything to yourself or another. What joy to read of your light and spaciousness now being felt in your body and home
    “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”.

  14. It is beautiful to feel and appreciate the lightness and spacious we feel in our body when we have committed to letting go of the ‘stuff’ that we have been holding onto. A great reflection here to see the relationship between the two and how the heaviness we feel in our body from what we have allowed in to clutter it up naturally lifts when we make the choice to let go.

  15. It truly is amazing to feel the difference and clarity de-cluttering brings and the spaciousness in our bodies is notable too. Reflection and awareness for the energy in which we move also plays a large part in allowing ourselves the space and time to honour ourselves to de-clutter. It is a reflection of the level of care in which we will go to, to reveal the true lightness and harmony we hold within.

  16. Our connection to our divine vehicle can not only bring spaciousness and expansion to our movements but from those movements it offers a quality that is sunny all year round.

  17. I’m sure your old self would have looked at a project like this and thought you were absolutely bananas! But I know what you mean about the satisfaction of clearing out old stuff. It is so therapeutic, very healing, and brings a spaciousness that is so welcome. It’s also supportive for living daily life well, especially the area of the basement which is the foundation of your home. I bet you appreciated this for a long time afterwards.

  18. The connection of doing a household chore with feeling better in our bodies, is one I would reckon virtually everyone understands, yet also, most of us would not see reward in it. Which brings the question, what is a reward really, can it ever be rewarding to do something that does not make us feel better, feel like our body is truly supported. Like watching a netflix marathon, it sounds appealing to most of us, but is that only the case if we don’t discern how our body’s respond to such an offering.

  19. To leave something incomplete leaves an obstacle which prevents the natural flow and harmony that is present everywhere, all the time. It feel so good to complete things, even the smallest of details, for in doing so we are strengthening the flow of harmony which then supports us back to be able to bring flow and harmony to things that may take more effort, commitment or focus.

  20. Michael, thank you for sharing such a simple but inspiring experience on how de-cluttering can be so uplifting and energising! Cleaning and decluttering our house, home, garage, basement, cupboards, fridge etc, can be a very detoxing experience – no different to going on a physical detox program or a diet! Time and time again I have felt how unnecessary gear and disorganisation can weigh me down and sap my energy. It is something I regularly do now – clean out and cull areas as they build up and I have found that the more I do it the easier it is to keep on top of it and also not allow it to build up either!

  21. I now love clearing out my house too Michael, I feel such an ease with it, and love the order and lightness it brings. For me a weekend now is great when I get to clean my house, and I’m not shy about sharing that anymore either … years ago I would have considered this so boring and yet now I feel a deep sense of completeness in me, another level of coming home when I take care of my living space and what is in it. I now couldn’t imagine it any other way.

  22. We really can fill our lives with many many distractions, “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.” but when we fill them with connecting back to self and then living from there, the distractions are less and don’t hold onto us as much.

  23. Thank you Michael this is a timely reminder of the lightness and spaciousness felt when we commit to de-cluttering as I am planning to do this in my home over the next 2 days. Having put it off for too long I can feel the stagnation this clutter is bringing to my life and not allowing for simplicity and flow.

  24. Thank you Michael I love how you say ‘ 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. . . . The lightness inside me had matched the brilliant light outside, and I felt a greater spaciousness inside my body.’ Shining the sun inside – that is exactly how it feels to me too!

  25. Clearing our old stuff is definitely one of the best ways to prepare for what’s next in your life. I love doing a mini version of this in my bedroom every week or two, total clean out, rearrange, throw things out, I feel so ready for life after doing this.

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