broom indiaFreedom comes when we are not so easily impacted by what is happening around us. It is what is happening within us that matters most. In the past, when something got me down, I would be down for months. I also failed to acknowledge what brought me down and tried to push it away. Eventually, everything I pushed away caught up to me. I was forced to take action and pick up my dirt.

While in India, I was fascinated with how people clean with Indian-style brooms. They are handmade using firm grass of some sort. When people cleaned the areas around the storefronts, the lobby of my yoga school, or even the area on the street where people would sit, they used these brooms. It amazed me and I always took time to observe them sweeping with brisk movements. One thing stood out. They just pushed the dirt away from the small area. I never saw anyone use a dustpan to pick up the dirt. You can imagine what happened to the dirt. It found its way back to the same spot for people to push it away again.

Pushing dirt away…. hmm, made me think about my own life. How often I did not want to deal with things that were too painful. How often I denied that maybe my decisions were not the best ones for me. How often I blamed others for my own emotional challenges. I pushed lots of dirt away and it kept coming back.

I still push dirt, but it has been a lot less once I started to trust my intuition and listen to myself. Only when I started to admit that I did not have all the answers was I able to learn and grow. So my friends think about this for a moment. Is there any dirt in your life that you keep pushing away? If so, take some time to confront the dirt, pick it up, and throw it in the trash can once and for all. If you don’t, it will continue to find its way back to you.