Book Review | Your Spacious Self by Stephanie Bennett Vogt
Behind our stress and clutter is an infinitely spacious place one might call “stillness” or “joy”. This is our natural state of being, but we usually do not experience it because we are caught in a web of material possessions, desires and fears.
Why has clutter become like another member of the family that we feed, house and lug around? Your Spacious Self: Clear Your Clutter and Discover Who You Are shows us that it’s not our stuff, but the holding on to the force that creates a force field of “stuckness” that clouds our perceptions and paralyzes our lives. Clutter is not just the junk spilling out of the closet. It is any thing or thought that prevents us from experiencing who we truly are. Clearing is not a tedious exercise of throwing away, but a gentle journey of softening our grip and letting go!
Radical in its message and elegant in its simplicity, Your Spacious Self offers a new model of clearing that combines the ancient wisdom of space clearing with the modern practicality of clutter clearing. It teaches us that clearing is not just something we do, but also a powerful way to be- one small step, drawer or moment at a time.
Your Spacious Self will help you:
- Identify core beliefs that keep you stuck in old habits.
- Discover the nourishing power of “putting away every day.”
- Learn how clearing a little bit works better than binge-clearing a lot all at once.
- Experience how self care supports release (or real ease).
Adopt a six-week clearing practice that is easy to modify to fit your needs and busy schedule. â€¢ Start your own clutter clearing support “circle” if you so choose.
Invite wonder, not worry, into your life.
About the author:
Stephanie Bennett Vogt, M.A., is New England’s leading expert in the field of space clearing. She quit a successful twenty-year teaching career in 1996, and devoted a decade to the study of clutter and its effects on people. Twice certified by internationally-renowned authorities Karen Kingston and Eric Dowsett, Stephanie is the founder of SpaceClear, a private practice dedicated to bringing homes and their occupants back into balance. Stephanie lives in Concord, Massachusetts with her husband and teenage daughter. Your Spacious Self is her first book. Learn more at http://www.spaceclear.com/.
I like self-help books and I have to say that I enjoyed this book. It was easy and fast to read and the concepts were explained in plain English. I like when things are kept simple so I can understand it better and not sit there and go “huh?”. I actually had many “a-ha” moments when reading this book and thought it all really did make a lot of sense. I have a better understanding of myself and why I tend to hold onto things that I no longer even need or want. I see now how clutter can really hold you back and I like how this book explains how to change it.
I did a few of the exercises in the book and definitely felt a change after doing some of them. When I clean out a closet or drawer and finally throw stuff out, I really felt lighter and a positive energy shift. It’s such a nice feeling to have and I felt motivated to keep working at my place, one room at a time. I’m still working on it, but I know its not something that can be done overnight.
This book is for everyone whether you are a pack rat or neat as pin. The author explains both physical and emotional clutter and how to rid yourself of both. I recommend you read it and see for yourself the positive changes you can make in your own home and yourself.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*