Saucha

April 23rd, 2015

Saucha is purity in mind, body, and spirit.

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“When you’re house is in order, everything else falls into place.”

Let’s explore how we maintain purity in the home, our outside home, the roof over our heads.

Keeping our house has the obvious health benefits, but it also adds to peace of mind. I know for myself at least, life seems more peaceful and serene when my environment is tidy. However, it’s not glamorous and we all can be resistant to some of the seemingly mundane duties of life.

In my home the laundry is/was my nemesis. It’s an ever-growing pile of “to-do”. An insurmountable Mt. Everest of woe. It’s everywhere! I see socks hiding under the couch, pjs sneaking around the hallway, and towels, so many towels. (Where do they all come from?!?!?)

My approach to laundry is a bit crazy. I let it pile up, first unwashed, then washed but not folded and put away. Thinking that if I wait until all of the laundry is done, I won’t have to see any dirty clothes for a day. This has never happened. My family and I are not nudists, we wear clothes every day and there will always be dirty laundry.

I let it pile up, not wanting to accept the fact that this is a part of my work, resenting the ever-growing pile that is the result of my in-action. This may sound a bit hilarious or weird, but I am telling you, I have had a hate-hate relationship with putting clothes away since I was about ten years old.

I recently realized the laundry wasn’t my problem my attitude was my problem. So I changed it. It was that easy. I chose to change my attitude towards the laundry monster, making it just another something. I chose to be grateful. Grateful that I have two sweet children who get ridiculously dirty every day. Grateful for my loving, supportive fiancé who loves to leave his socks and pants around our home. Grateful that we all have enough clothes to wear and keep us warm, running water, and washing machines.

The next step was to create a new pattern surrounding the actual process of doing laundry. First I thought I would just do a little laundry every day. But that drove me insane, putting clothes away everyday? NO THANK YOU. So I found a happy medium. I do laundry once a week, and fold and put it away as it is finished. Sound simple? Sound silly? The answers are yes and yes.

My resistance to folding laundry was a losing game I played in my mind, every single week, for years. Resist what is resisting you. My aversion to this pile of laundry can be translated to my aversion to vulnerability, or any other challenge I face.

If I change my thought process surrounding the laundry, a seemingly mundane and inconsequential task, I can change my thought processes concerning anything. If I replace an old, damaged habit and develop a new, healthier pattern concerning the laundry, I can do that with anything.

Our samskaras are deeply ingrained patterns and habits that we adopt over the years. Over time some of these grooves become trenches, requiring intense study and practice to get out of and change. The laundry for me was an average size groove. I did it. I replaced that average size negative groove with a positive one. Now my brain is familiar with this process.

The essence of saucha starts out with the fundamentals, clean house literally. The aim is to purify all aspects of ourselves. By changing my attitude, thoughts, and patterns concerning tasks that may seem mundane, I am creating the framework for changing my attitude, thoughts, and patterns that revolve around how I view myself in the world and how I relate to others. These small shifts create even bigger shifts that allow me to express myself as a unique spark of light and love. The sparks begin to flame and soon every person I know will feel the heat from the fire of my soul. All because today I choose to do my laundry, The Laundry doesn’t do me.

 

With love, ~k

 

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