I went for a walk in the woods. I was mesmerized by the presence of the trees. The trees felt like they had sentience and were watching me walk by.
It made me think about the matter-of-fact simplicity of things that matter. When something is part of my life, when it resonates with who I am now, it feels like a living thing that I'm in relationship with. I can feel the connection between us. Everything else disappears.
This is in contrast to when I feel stressed by the presence of clutter and nothing feels right. The world becomes noisy and feels intrusive. The connection with life is gone.
I like to think of clutter as a fire that needs to be put out. A fire inside of me. It gets put out by removing the things that interfere with the simplicity of my life.