I go into my bathroom where I have a number of different and tiny sets of drawers as well as a variety of baskets for keeping things – eye pencils, lipsticks, hair ties, hair clips, dental floss and picks, etc.
In my bedroom I have sets of drawers for underwear, socks/stockings, belts, t-shirts of different styles, leggings and shorts/trousers as well as a miscellaneous drawer for jumpers and night-time apparel. I have baskets and boxes for jewellery. Even in my storage cupboard I have little boxes of screws, fixings, electrical items, etc. And I also even have a box of boxes!!
Why – I wonder? – and this sets me to thinking whether compartmentalising my stuff is a way of life that has evolved over time or if I have developed it.
In the same way that I sort my stuff into sections, I feel I am able to compartmentalise my life into sections of events, months, jobs, or years rather than drawers or boxes.
So what does it mean – Compartmentalization?
As listed in the free dictionary covering a number of subjects it has the same theme of “limiting the spread of”…… and this seems the case when we draw dividing lines or box things in. In psychology they state that compartmentalization allows conflicting ideas to co-exist without disrupting the whole.
How many of us really find the time each day to note the path we are on and the route we take as the result of the passing of a comment, a butterfly or time itself? Although we may not feel life has changed significantly over time as we proceed through life, when looking back, I wonder how many of us can see the day, the incident, the occurrence and coincidences that steered us along one path as opposed to another.
Opening each compartment we hold internally can reveal very different feelings, actions, emotions, experiences and friendships from another section. Opening them all at once could cause confusion, turmoil, frustration or pain. Of course, the major changes in our lives such as coming of age celebrations, marriages, births and deaths are more easily seen and recognised for what they are. But what about the smaller hidden influences – how do we see them?
Time out is required so that we can examine what we have in our compartments and reorganise them to suit us better in the now. Those who meditate feel the benefit of the relaxing of the mind (a box in itself) and when they can slip into the gap between thoughts often answers will appear (often when not actually sought) because the universe does not now have to fight the mind and this is where meditation can help.
If we all took a little time out each day to meditate we would have a smoother flow and not need to go to therapy in later years whenever stress takes hold. By boxing things away we only build more walls to prevent our finding the way into our true inner selves don’t we?
Better still than a simple meditation, an Inner Dance session with an experienced facilitator can take you, in the space of 2 hours, into a deeper healing place as your mind slips from the logical into the creative side, relaxing as it goes and digging deep into the compartments to dig out the pent up emotions that often hold us trapped for years and halt our progress to the next stages along our spiritual pathway.
An Inner Dance session can refresh our souls and inner psyche and help us to avoid any mental discomfort and anxiety caused by a person’s conflicting values, cognitions, emotions, beliefs, etc. within themselves.
So let’s get rid of the unwanted and decompartmentalize our lives through the truly wonderful self-learning process that is Inner Dance.