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Clean House

September 30, 2013 1 comment

Daily Prompt: Clean House

Is there “junk” in your life? What kind? How do you get rid of it?
Photographers, artists, poets: show us JUNK.

5S

The Japanese introduced the 5S into their work culture to periodically maintain a clean workplace and remove clutter. This includes Seiri (Sort), Seiton (Shine), Seiso (set in order), Seiketsu (Standardize) and Shitsuke (Shitsuke)

Truly, we also need to perform a 5S on our mind every morning as a daily exercise. We need to see that there is no cluttering of thoughts, we need to set our goals, align our goals to a higher purpose and improve the quality of our thoughts.

This cleaning of our mind helps us to maintain equipoise, appreciate what we are gifted with in our life and also to show empathy towards others!

Other interesting posts in this category:
1) http://3rdculturechildren.com/2013/09/29/too-much-clutter/
2) http://cagedbutterfly1.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/deep-cleaning-for-the-visual-and-impaired-soul/
3) http://theeyelife.wordpress.com/2013/09/29/a-cluttered-life/
4) http://bluejbluej.wordpress.com/2013/09/29/daily-prompt-clean-house/
5) http://suhaaandiaries.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/cleaning-out-my-closet/
6) http://grandmadrivesmecrazy.com/2013/09/29/out-of-sight-out-of-mind/
7) http://adityaviyer.com/2013/09/29/clean-house/
8) http://venomsblog.wordpress.com/2013/09/29/daily-prompt-clean-house/
9) http://shreyapunj14.wordpress.com/2013/09/29/a-junkies-mind/
10) http://teepee12.com/2013/09/29/daily-prompt-clean-house-i-tried-i-failed/

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Dreams

June 1, 2012 5 comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A gathering of familiar faces
Of relatives and of friends
A vexing thought revisited
In the canvas of my dream

From the inner recesses
Out of the blue
Objects, characters and emotions
Enact the play in my mind

Screams and sighs
Echoes of laughter
Chased by a tiger
Fights with that school bully

A medley of thoughts
Hidden desires
Resurface and unfold
In a whole new world

A reverie to remember
Or a nightmare best forgotten
Lost in this maze
Of my minds kaleidoscope

The alarm ring resonates
And I wake up with a start
Befuddled by this conundrum
That they call ‘A Dream’

© copyright skm, 2nd June 2012

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Spring cleaning

June 11, 2011 1 comment

Once in a while we need to take stock of the things that we collect in our store-rooms and in various corners of our home and work place (an inventory check).  Today, morning was one such day.  I set about clearing some of the things that we had just kept over the years and did not really use.  Such things keep on accumulating and it can become quite a mess.  It can be your workdesk or the kitchen table or the cupboard or the bookshelf.  We look at it and postpone the cleaning until after a few weeks it becomes a mess.  Some of the stuff can be recycled, some can be given to charity and some books can be sold to second-hand bookshops.

The Japanese did a regular inventory check as part of their work.  They termed this as 5S – Seiri (sorting), Seiton (arrangement), Seiso (cleaning), Seiketsu (standardisation) and Shitsuke (self-discipline).  A well-organized workplace results in a safer, more efficient, and more productive operation.  It boosts the morale of the workers, promoting a sense of pride  and ownership in their work.

We also need to do a regular spring cleaning of our mind.  This can be done by reducing the quantity of our thoughts, improving the quality of our thoughts and directing our thoughts towards a higher ideal.  This clears the dirt on the mirror of our mind and we are able to see a clearer reflection of our inner selves.  Contemplation and meditation also help us to keep our focus and to dispel distracting negative thoughts.  All this helps us to live in the present without wasting time brooding on the past or worrying about the future.

A spring cleaning can help us to think about our goals, align our energies towards these goals, plan, let go of self-limiting thoughts by letting go of the old and bringing in the new.  Sometimes, a weekend retreat is a good time to take a break from the chores and recharge.

So, when are you starting your spring cleaning?

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