At SpaceClear we believe that clearing your home and life is not just something you “do” to lighten your load. It is way bigger and yummier than that. Clearing is a journey that delivers sparkling clarity and spacious ease when you slow down, quiet the mind, let go of attachment, and cultivate gentle self-care.
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Stephanie brings over 35 years of teaching experience to her programs at centers worldwide including Kripalu, the New England School of Feng Shui, and Insight Events. Her passion is transforming a program that "you take" into one that "takes you" on a nourishing and revealing journey of your most clear and spacious self. From lectures and workshops to residential retreats and online courses there something to support everyone in feeling lighter …
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Her popular 28-day course. CLEAR YOUR HOME, CLEAR YOUR LIFE offers a one-minute oasis and toolkit designed to help you simplify, and quiet the mind.
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Your Spacious Self integrates the depth and teachings of the original award-winning book with all-new nourishing lessons and daily practices in slowing down, simplifying, and self-care. If Anne Lamott and the Artist’s Way took a clearing journey together, it would be this jewel of a book!
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Homes are not just these empty boxes that we fill with collections of stuff, life experiences, and unique personalities. They are alive and dynamic places that respond directly to our attentiveness (and lack of it). Our homes and workplaces are extensions of us: they affect us, reflect us, support us. There is no separation...
It doesn’t take much for me to feel at home. Give me a comfy chair, surround me with beautiful objects, simmer …
"Do you love it? Do you use it? Does it have a home?"
My favorite three-part mantra for clearing works like a charm every time.
Unless, of course, you don't see the stuff that you are trying to release (shed, untangle, move, restore, change up).
The stuff is right in front of your nose creating dust bunnies like crazy, but you don't see it. You don't see the things you once loved (past tense), the clothes that once fit, nor the files you feel obligated to save "just in case."
Because "seeing" them would mean feeling …
"There is no getting around the past when everything in the home points to it."–sbv.
Some of you may have noticed that there was no summer newsletter. That's because I was up to my eyeballs in clearing stuff!
Yes, believe it or not, I still have stuff hiding in plain sight.
Like the thousands of slides I've not looked at in years because it means setting up the projector, the screen, the clicker, and the stacking thingee that always gets jammed.
This latest round of clearing comes on the heels of a six-month …
"Added up, objects become clutter. Clutter becomes noise. And noise—in all of its forms—blocks spiritual growth, starting with an inability to simply feel happy. Happiness needs quiet."–Geri Larkin.
I've always maintained that clutter clearing is way bigger than picking up after ourselves or moving unloved and unwanted possessions out of the house.
At its core, clearing is a spiritual practice of lightening up and letting go.
Most people don't see it that way because their focus is on the problem – the stuff – not on their …
"Whenever you are sincerely pleased you are nourished." –Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Most of us think of caring for ourselves as an extra-curricular activity – something we squeeze into our lives at the end of the day, or when everyone else in the family is taken care of, or when we’re sick.
As I see it, self-care is not optional. It is not just something you do when you're on vacation, your circuits are fried, or you need a special treat after working really hard. Self-care is something you cultivate and practice every day because it is as …
"Change happens slowly, then all at once."–Your Spacious Self.
No sooner had my husband and I returned from a six-month sabbatical in Mexico than we went on a top-to-bottom tear of reorganizing our entire home. We had barely unpacked our bags.
What prompted this sudden and unexpected musical-chairs makeover became very clear: spending time away from home has a way of changing your perspective.
Things just didn't feel right. Energetically we had expanded, while the house and its contents had not budged an inch.
A lot …
"Whatever your passion is, do it! Do it not because of some desired outcome, but because your soul depends on it."–Stephanie Bennett Vogt
I put together a short video that tells my story of what let me to quit a successful twenty-year teaching career at a preeminent Boston school and find my true calling as a writer, teacher, and healer of spaces. My intention in doing so was not to brag, but to remind me how far I've come over the past two decades. I did it also to inspire us all to follow our dreams as we get older.
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It is considered the end. Or the beginning of the end.
If you've hit a certain numerical marker, you're over the hill.
Certain body parts aren't moving quite as fast as they used to? Over the hill. Crows feet and gray hair? Step back, you're over the hill. Can't keep up with lightning-speed changes in technology? Move over slow-poke, you're over the hill. Are you a 40-year old Hollywood actress? Sorry, the two spots reserved in this category have already been taken by Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep. Never mind that you're supremely gifted …
This is a photo of my wedding shoes. I wore them just once on my wedding day 29 years ago and I've kept them neatly in this box ever since.
Because these grass-stained relics remind me of the joyful day that I walked across a grassy knoll on the coast of Maine to marry my sweetheart and best friend. (Never mind that they take up space and no longer fit or feel good on my feet.)
The bigger question to ask of course is this: Is it possible to remember that magical day without carting a box of shoes (I never open and will never wear) …
Marianne Williamson posted a beautiful prayer on her Facebook page recently in response to an email she received from a woman in the Ukraine, grieving for her people.
Wow. What a prayer. It is as simple and potent as any I have heard (and easy to adapt to any situation or loved one who might be hurting).
As I started reading and invoking her words out loud, I noticed a big energy, almost alchemical, shift and opening in my own heart. Perhaps it will work for you too.
Let's keep the love going shall we?
For those who …
"Look for the order within the chaos...
Moving into a new house has created a sort of upheaval and chaos. About a week ago I decided to take one drawer in the kitchen and make it beautifully and functionally organized. When I open it, it reminds me that more and more order and structure will emerge from what sometimes feels like chaos. And then it dawned on me – this is a good lesson for approaching any change or whatever feels uncomfortable. If we can recognize some order and purpose within it, then we can move forward with greater ease …