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Regina Leeds Regina Leeds zen organizer. author. inward seer.

Author, speaker, and zen organizer Regina Leeds brings order to home and work environments across the U.S. Her clientele runs the gamut from movie stars to business people and housewives. [www.reginaleeds.com]

When we complicate our lives with chaos and debris, they represent more than the stuff we see. They represent the chaos and debris of the past traveling with us, usually as a pain or wound. If we clear that out, we can do what we were born to do. Helping people with that process is my great joy in life.

Growing up, I was organized because my mother was very organized and if you lived in her home, you had to be organized too. But I discovered that being in control of my environment unleashed my creativity and gave me a way of expressing myself. That’s how I learned what my mother never understood – that being organized is a creative outlet and part of a spiritual life. She was organized because she wanted to impress other people. Her focus was outward. Mine has always been inward.

Last year I went back and found a terrible wound from the first two weeks after I was born. Even though no one consciously wanted to hurt me, I had a medical problem when I was born and was put into isolation in a room by myself. The hospital had decided I was going to die, so my mother went home without me and I wasn’t cared for by the hospital. My grandmother discovered me there alone, lying in my own waste products, crying for help, and she saved my life. Now, as an adult, I see that every mistake I’ve made, certainly in the area of relationships, can be traced back to that little infant who’d been abandoned and thought she was going to die.

Babies come with an avalanche of stuff. They need so much. It helps to be organized and conscious about how you use the time that frees up to pay attention to else that’s important, like your other important relationships. I wish my parents had done that. They died when I was in my 20s. I’ve also wished I could sit down and talk with them as adults. I’d like to understand them better. If we could take blame off the table, maybe they could explain to me where so many of the decisions they made came from. I’d like to have appreciated them, and I wish they’d been around long enough to understand who their daughter was.

“This is who God sent to you, Mom. Let’s get with the program.”

But if I hadn’t been hurt, I wouldn’t be here, on this journey, which has made me a richer, deeper, better person, and I’m so grateful for that.

– Regina Leeds

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