Cleaning Out The Closet


By: Jeff Stewart  |  January 26, 2010

Hi all! I am feeling very humbled and at the same time thankful. The world feels to me as if it is very unsettled. Normal world issues seem to be larger and I am grateful that I am standing on the foundation of our Nia community. Our connectedness is grounding and comforting for me and my hope is that I can radiate my blessings to those less fortunate.

We recently had Winalee Zeeb and Denise Medved in town, co-facilitating a White Belt with Debbie. I want to thank them both for the gifts they bring. It was fun to witness the three of them working together - the studio was abuzz for certain.

As we all know, Nia is based on the science of the body; The Body's Way is our guide. Lately, I see many examples of The Body's Way merging with the science world. For example, an article in the Portland newspaper this month reported that aerobic exercise can protect the brain and improve mental agility (check out this link). Articles such as these reinforce what we do in Nia and give us the opportunity to have a bigger conversation, to share Nia with a broader audience. I would love to hear from all of you about how we can join together and message the ways Nia is perfect for our population. This could even be your 2010 resolution!

My resolution this year is to clean out my closet. This may not sound like such a big deal, but you must see it from my perspective: my closet is also Nia's closet. The physical space is a combination of three spaces, for a total of 1,800 square feet. It is also important to know that I am a Taurus - and therefore a packrat. I do not do "toss out" well at all. This a huge growth experience for me.

After I made the resolution, I believe I went into a bit of a shock. Certainly there was fear; not only do I not know how to do this, I also do not know where to start. Well the universe provided an answer: a friend called. In telling me about the changes through his past three years of spiritual pursuit, I learned he had done the same - as he says, he was "cleaning the chi." He volunteered to help me do the same. We began with the top floor - the sixth floor - of Nia Headquarters. The motto is, "Do you love it?" He could see my pain as I would pick up an item in indecision - should I toss it, sell it, donate, or store it (for what even I cannot imagine)? So you get the point: If I do not love it, it gets tossed. The transformation is profound, not only in the space but my psyche.

I am sharing this with all of you because in this process of purging, it dawned on me that I am not only cleaning my chi, I am cleaning the chi of Nia. Much of what has been collecting dust and blocking chi is the remnants of the dreams of others. Computers left behind from days gone by, business strategies we have grown out of. These things that once served us are now just a pile of "stuff" collecting dust and blocking the opportunity to create anew. Think of an old relationship: It is impossible to move into a new reality with your spirit anchored in the past. Once free of the past, the future is but a breath away.

It has become clear to me that this sixth floor space is an important part of Nia. It is the top floor of our building and my pile of un-needables has been blocking the chi of Nia, keeping it locked in under a dust pile of "stuff" that serves us no more. I am excited. I am excited to not have to think about this any more. I am excited to witness the expansion of our collective chi. I have always thought of Nia as a racehorse at the starting gate. Many elements need to be in place for that gate to be opened - and when it is, the last thing you want is a pile of stuff blocking the way. So I am now the Nia house cleaner. This is not outside of my job description; in fact it is perfect. It is my job to create, support, and nurture all that Nia needs to grow into her greatness. This could be the most important action I have taken in recent years: cleaning out our closet.