Man at gym dragging weight plates behind him

“To insist on a spiritual practice that served you in the past is to carry the raft on your back after you have crossed the river.”  ~The Buddha

What are you holding onto that served you in the past and is now a burden? Can you let it go?

Every day we wake up and have the chance to renew our vows to what matters to us. That could be a relationship, a job or career, a spiritual practice, an eating plan, a workout routine, or a budget.

What brought you to this point in your life may not be what will carry you forward.

I see this all the time with the objects people surround themselves with. It doesn’t matter if they are holding onto old fabric samples or tear sheets for furniture they didn’t buy or bittersweet mementos of past successes and failures.

I’m not suggesting you completely distance yourself from your past―I am suggesting you carefully examine what you are committing yourself to each and every day that you are here. Just like a contract, if you do not consciously review the terms of that contract and either renew it or cancel it, it will remain in effect, humming along in the background. In some cases, that may be fine―but in others, it could be creating tremendous drag and pull on your forward movement without you even being aware of it. Why not begin each day with a quick inventory of what you value and what you’ll use to inform all your choices that day instead of lurching forward half-asleep without clarity?

I promise you, you’ll find each step lighter and easier than you ever imagined.

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About The Author

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Andrew Mellen is an organizational expert, public speaker, and the #1 best-selling author of Unstuff Your Life!

Andrew has helped tens of thousands of people worldwide to declutter and simplify their lives while regaining time for the things that matter.

A sought-after authority on organizing and productivity, Andrew's addressed audiences from The Great British Business Show to TEDx. 

Corporate clients include American Express, Genentech, NetApp, Time, Inc., and the US Depts. of Education and Homeland Security.

The media has dubbed Andrew “The Most Organized Man in America.” He writes a featured column called “Ask The Organizer” in Real Simple. In addition, he has written for and/or appeared in: The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, America Now, The Lisa Oz Show, The Nate Berkus Show, Oprah & Friends, Martha Stewart Living Today, ABC, NBC, CBS, CW11, HGTV, DIY Network, LiveWell Network, KnowMoreTV, Better Homes & Gardens, Ladies' Home Journal, Woman's Day, Family Circle, USA Today, GQ, InStyle, All You, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Healthy UK, American Way, numerous trade and travel publications, and NPR.

He leads workshops and speaks internationally while maintaining a private practice working with clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies, trade associations, and non-profits to CEOs, award-winning filmmakers, and authors, as well as overwhelmed parents everywhere. 

In 2013, Andrew founded Unstuff U®, the world's first completely virtual personal organization training center, offering classes, workshops, and other online resources for businesses and individuals. 

Andrew is a member of the Experts Collective and serves on the faculty of the New York Open Center in New York City. He speaks frequently on the intersection of spirituality and organization at places including Omega Institute, San Francisco Zen Center, Tassajara, All Saints Church, JCC Manhattan, and the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, among others.

Previously, Andrew was an award-winning playwright, actor, producer, and director and the former Artistic Director of Alice B. Theater (Seattle), DC Arts Center (Washington, DC), and Shuttle Theater Company (New York). He is a contributing author to Yes Is the Answer: (And Other Prog-Rock Tales).

Andrew lives by his motto: More Love, Less Stuff!® 

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