The 24 Things
Letting go can be a challenge. We hold onto what we know because change is frightening and staying with the familiar, even if it makes us ill, and unhappy, feels better than venturing into the unknown. We sometimes feel that we are defined by our possessions or are the sum of our experiences.
Over-identifying with feelings or things can cut us off to life's bountiful possibilities.
When you let go and create freedom, in the home, mind or body, you create a sacred space.
Inside this sacred space, you can develop the faith that you will be provided for and cherished without the aid of material things.
24 Things is more than just cleaning house. It urges introspection, gratitude,
and consciousness, and like any good yoga practice, it is done slowly, with a gentle nudge,
and with Ahimsa (kindness).
Join a 24 things group or work your own. Let go of or tend to one thing every day for 24 days. Do it once a year or once a month but let go, release the past with reverence and intention, create room for the new, and cultivate faith in the future.
"The day I entered my first yoga class I was under the impression that I had
"something" to acquire; a fit body, a spiritual path, like-minded friends.
But I have not attained, I have let go; releasing beliefs that do not serve me,
forgiving myself and others for mistakes, and relinquishing control
over life’s moments, allowing them to flow through me,
as they are, not as I insist they should be.
I am not so enlightened that I can let go of all my memorabilia
but choices strengthen my connection to the things I decide to keep.
Somewhere between the cobwebs and the keep box I realize
that if everything is “important” then nothing is."
Excerpt from The Princess of Garbage Day
WHY ONE ITEM PER DAY?
Removing one thing each day creates a ritual effect. Repeating the behavior, taking a moment each day to infuse your action with intention changes the energy in your life.
Consciously letting go and making room for the new creates a sacred space. In that space you can create anything you want for your future.
There is no purchasing during these 24 day cycles. Necessities like food, medical care, pet or child needs are fine but if there is something that catches your eye or that you think you need, start a list.
If you still want or need that item at the end of 24 days then it's up to you. Conscious consumerism is the goal.
WHY THE NUMBER 24?
I started my first 24 Things on April 1, 2011. It happened that Easter fell on the 24th that year so I picked that as my end date. It was that simple. But, I have researched a little bit on the number 24 and here is what I found.
The number 24 represents harmonious equilibrium.
It is the cyclic mechanism of nature, 24 hours in the day.
In numerology it is said to be the combination of individuality and energy of the Cosmos.
24 is the symbol of the double harmony of sky and earth, and in multiplication of four, it represents all the elements earth, water, air and fire by the six days of creation.
24 is also the number in the runic alphabet; each one represents a magical power.