My husband mentioned that with every move, we are acting in the unknown. We pack your stuff and expectations, oblivious of the new life that is awaiting us. We like that, because we like new horizons. Mindfully moving house, to my husband, is therefore about being open to the sounds, sights, and the new life a new place offers.
I’ve asked my daughter what she thought to be the spiritual or mindful part of moving house. ‘It is a transition’, she declared.
Mindfully moving for me -at this moment- is still about packing. I’m eager to observe what I put in boxes and what I can donate to our local charity. It is a good meditation to disconnect the memory an object holds, from the object itself. Memories exceeding one kilo are carefully scrutinized.
Moving house is a shameful confrontation with attachments, clinging, useless connections and, above all, stuff. Practising mindfulness while moving house is a confrontation with your ego, that has itself cleverly materialized in a place and all the belongings and attachments that come with it.
People often felt sorry for us when we stay in expatriate hotels or temporary homes for a few weeks. I smile hearing that, because the same people feel happy living in similar minimalistic equipped holiday homes. Having little belongings means there is little to lose, which makes you feel free and happy.
Moving house means a part of your life is pushed from actuality into history. Letting that happen, and letting go memories and processions, is mindfully moving to me. We aren’t our belongings, and not even our memories. An event like moving-house offers an opportunity to see that.
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