I am (oops, I mean was) one of those kids that would say good bye to all my stuffed animals in my room before leaving for a weekend or family trip. It was because I felt bad for them, being left in the dark, in the stillness. It's part of the attachment I have to things, specifically things I've lived around for a while. An old thinned tee shirt that has a story, or use to be my favorite, or was my Mom's when she was much younger, and I liked the picture of her in it, these are the things that take up real estate in the corners of my dresser drawers. Then I get to thinking about furniture, old blankets, the chipped coffee mug...on a daily basis these things surround us. They work. And the interesting thing is if we weren't on such a tight budget, we might be getting new things all the time, replacements, upgrades!! However, interestingly enough, the budget saves us money, and saves the landfills too! We were so close to getting a new highchair that didn't look like a Mummers Viva Las Vegas rig as our free ~ hand me down one currently does. The new one was $20 from IKEA none the less. But after thinking about it, the highchair wasn't something we really *needed*. I can't help it, I just think in this way, when I consider buying something, I think about the packaging, about the quality, and the functionality, and whether it's going to end up in the garbage sooner than later.
It is quite refreshing to get away on vacation, stay in a simple, empty hotel room, with no attachments, no clutter. Often I've wondered about ridding ourselves of everything that isn't essential. When we move back west eventually, I've daydreamed about selling everything, and starting fresh. But that brings me back, full circle to my attachments, and then to my feelings of guilt for creating more waste.
Side note ~ There is evidence that all things have a vibration! "Science and Metaphysics agree. The essence of all things is vibration. Science reveals that everything in the manifest universe is ultimately composed of packets of energy; quantized units vibrating at specific frequencies. Esoteric wisdom reveals that in the beginning, all things were created through sound (i.e. vibration); whether it be the "OM" of Eastern mysticism or the "Word"/Logos of Western spirituality."
Our thoughts, feelings and actions also have their own particular rates of vibration. These vibrations will set up resonance with whatever possesses identical frequency. In other words, your thoughts are inseparably connected to the rest of the universe. This is why it is so essential to be a close observer of yourself. As you think, feel and act, so you create the primary vibration of your being. This fundamental vibration then creates resonance with identical vibration frequencies in the universe. The result is an attraction of circumstances, people, challenges and opportunities in exact vibrational resonance with your own dominant vibration frequency."
By keeping my old stuff, saving money, being conscientious of my contribution to landfills, what am I attracting to myself? I'm not sure yet, but I will let you know. In the meantime, maybe cleaning house in the new year means mentally, emotionally and spiritually......
ps- Remember Baby Beans! (pictured above) Wish I still had mine. ;) I loved her.