Today's focus for cleansing has been my Inbox and boy, has that been a challenge!
Most of what comes into my inbox via email subscriptions is relevant and of interest, if not right in this moment, perhaps at some time in the future, so it is really hard to cut the supply and my mind asks why should I, its all knowledge and knowledge is power isn't it?
On top of this the people behind the email are just like me, individuals with a passion to make a difference in the world, to share their unique gift and be compensated in the process. I feel hypocritical unsubscribing from others when I am wanting the world at large to be interested in what I have to say.
Layer onto this the fact that I am well aware that I have a lot yet to learn. I don't know enough about social media so the Social Media 101 email should be kept, I still shout at my kids so the parenting newsletter is still relevant, I love knowing what my stars say for the day so I should keep subscribing to that email. But this is all missing the point. Yes, the content that comes into my inbox is helpful and relevant but it is not necessarily the most important input in this particular moment and by reading all of the stuff that comes in on autopilot I am clogging the pathway for the 1 piece of information or knowing that I actually need at this precise point in time.
Most of my email subscriptions are from months, if not years ago. I have changed and evolved since I joined, my needs and thinking are quite different now from 12 months ago, there have been huge shifts in my life, some of this information is now holding me back, generating self-doubt and internal conflict as I now see the world through different eyes.
It requires a leap of faith. It requires an understanding that progress is currently being hindered by information overload and if I can defrag, unsubscribe, simplify and shed, my guiding voice will finally be able to be heard. In letting go I can make room for the few notes that really resonate, the ones that help me come alive and make my soul sing. The ones that truly give me the exact piece of information I was looking for to take the next step on my authentic life journey.
Like the oak tree there is tremendous value in allowing all my emails to shed and to pause in the moment before allowing the new ones to come through.