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"Have nothing in your homes that you do not know to be useful and believe to be beautiful."                                       --William Morris

Because we dread it, we put it off for as long as possible until we have to dig ourselves out. Almost everyone approaches the unrelenting, repetitive, exhausting work known as housekeeping like the torture of Sisyphus. After offending the Greek god Zeus, Sisyphus was punished by having to roll an enormous stone to the top of a steep hill. Every time he managed to pull off this feat, the stone would slide back down and the poor soul would have to start over again.

Feng Shui and astrologically, August is THE time for de-cluttering, editing, refreshing where you live. "Prayer and housekeeping— they go together. They have always gone together. We simply know that our daily round is how we live. When we clean and order our homes, we are somehow cleaning and ordering ourselves," Gunilla Norris tells us in her wonderful book of hours, Being Home. How we care for our home is a subtle but significant expression of self-esteem.

Let "chores" become "tasks." Stop calling your daily round "housework" and begin to call it "homecaring." Redfining our work casts a subtle but powerful spell over the subconscious mind. And, after all, caring— for yourself, your loved ones, your pets, and your home— is truly what you are doing when you dust, change the kitty litter, work in the garden, and sort the laundry.

The Chinese sage Lao-Tze (who was born five hundred years before Christ) urged seekers to "regard the small as important' and "to make much out of the little." This month, try to glimpse everything you do in your home, no matter how insignificant it may seem, as part of your authentic path to happiness and Greater Wholeness and it shall be so.

"If a home doesn't make sense, nothing does." -- Henrietta Ripperger