Keeping it Clean

Cleaning House: Body, Mind, Emotion, Spirit

A very important practice in my life at home and on the road is keeping a clean environment.  This consists of several things (not excluding daily rituals).  Keeping a clean house (body, mind and spirit): eat right, exercise, practice mindfulness and keep a clean space.

Starting the Day: Before I look at my phone or get out of bed I think about what I am grateful for, I get into a felt sense of what it is I am manifesting in life and I send love out to the world.  I clear my space by lighting a candle, burning some sage, and setting an intention.  It’s easier for me to build this into the time I take a shower.  Then I tidy anything left over from the day before (including making the bed!).  

Before bed, I light a candle, sage, shower and meditate.  Before falling asleep I clear the entire day away in my mind, both “good” and “bad” and everything in between.  I imagine letting go of completely every experience that comes to my mind and body about the day.

This leaves me with more mental bandwidth to focus on more meaningful things throughout the day.  I do the same with camper life (though it’s a bit more challenging, and oddly it takes even more time to do these things in a smaller space).

For some, it might seem quite simplistic, or maybe it seems like a lot of work, or even “hippy dippy.”  Over the last 10 years, I’ve found this routine to work best for me.  It creates a clear space for me to live and work in.  I start and end my day with a clean slate.  It leaves me open to receive more important information given throughout the day.  


I am a non-practicing psychotherapist with a graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I will be working towards licensure after our travels. During our journey through Mexico and Central and South America I’m exploring other cultural and community value systems and environmental and relational dynamics that influence mental health and happiness. I am also writing a book about anger. The book includes research collected throughout my clinical and academic studies in psychology, as well as personal thoughts and life experiences as a heavy metal musician, and other’s thoughts on and/or experiences with anger.

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