I don’t have many things to begin with. Some of them are mine, some I share with my wife.
My things: Clothes, shoes, books, a guitar, photo equipment, a piano, furniture, computers, smart phone and small items collected from my travels, gifts, and relations also.
It is hard to take action and sell some of the things – photo equip, smart phone, piano, items – they seem to have a strong attachment on me – there is a saying that – “I own things and they own me”. It’s true! Thing ownership can be very strong. As for relations – be true to myself and spend time only with the ones I love giving and receiving. It becomes very clear now when I challenge my self. I challenge my history where things play a very important role – for my identity, for my relationships, for my development.
I am at the very beginning of my travel towards a minimalist lifestyle with fewer things. Less clutter, less time consuming, less fear, less energy loss, I’m in no hurry. One step at a time. I will experience miracles.
Thoreau writes “He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings.” If this is true – and I believe it is since I have experienced it already – there is an exciting future waiting – I AM THE CREATOR OF MY FUTURE!
Today I continue my travel towards a minimalistic lifestyle. The bookmountain beside my bed is gone and many books in the bookshelf to. It is relatively easy to say goodbye to books. Books that I have read years ago have left some kind of mark on me but I will not read them again. Giftbooks though – I decide to keep them – they are reminders and I can’t leave them (now).
After the books I continue to copies and stuff from courses I’ve done. I empty the binders filled with paper and slides – into the bin. From my career as musicteacher I have loads of copies of notes – In the bin. Some of the musicbooks will be nice gifts to my collegues. I feel lighter and lighter for every step I take. I become more and more skilled in letting things go. I am certain that all the stuff I have round me saddens me and holds me back. The more stuff I leave the quicker I go.
I work a lot, especially this last year but even the last three four years it´s been a lot.To much! From different reasons. Normally I can be very intense – very intense, involved and creative with ideas and activities running in my head. After these periods of high activity I enter into a zombie like state. High peaks and deep lows.. At work I have the ambition to clear the work area from clutter and paper and post-it notes…………but I realize I have a long path to walk. I will make it. I have made it. I walked the camino in spain over a few years! It’s hard to see me as a minimalist when I am busy in my life. That is maybe the reason why I want to develop a minimalistic lifestyle. Why I fell enchanted by this lifestyle. Why I will walk the talk. That is the reason! It’s difficult though. Our home is relaxed. It´s like coming back to the village after a ride in the woods fighting the enemy or hunting. I lite a fire. Read. Listen to music. Take a walk. Run. I wrote a tweet – “I’m in a tsunami! The wave is haunting me and threatens to drown me. I need air!”. Then I go to my running shoes and clothes and walked/run for 45 minutes. I was lifted from my low state of mind and saw the world with more positive eyes. Thanks to this essay from the minimalists How To Make a Damn Decision I found the clue. To walk the talk. It’s all about the small fraction of a second that it takes to overcome the threshold, the barrier, the hinder. Going from a should to a must. Once I have overcome this resistance the rest is easy. Really easy. And I have changed. Just a little – but I have changed. Well done. Keep it up. /Sten
I meditate. Every weekday morning I sit down before breakfast and on monday evenings we go to the local church for a groupmeditation. 30 minutes. I am – still after two years – a novice. Learning. When I meditate I dive into the deep blue sea called Myself where I find the most amazing and wonderful treasures – these treasures give me peace of mind, time, energy and strength
I have been reflecting – Minimalism and Meditation is a great combi.
I don’t need much to meditate – basically only myself. My body and soul. Of course there are loads of stuff you can buy – a meditation mat, meditation cushion, CD’s, DVD’s, books, meditation clothes etc. To meditate I really don’t need anything of this – I’m fine with a cushion – that’s all. The aim when I meditate is to clear my mind, to let my thoughts come and go, to avoid things to getting stuck in my mind, in the end a total emptyness. Breathing. In and out. Through my nose. I can meditate everywhere. In my home. Outside. On a mountain. By the sea, a lake. When I’m travelling -. on the train, on a bus. When I explain what happens when I meditate I make a parable to water on a lake – when I begin it’s like troubled waters in my mind and as I sit – say 30 minutes – my mind comes to rest – as the water comes to rest on the lake in the evening when the eveningbreeze subsides. This rest follows me the whole day. On days that I haven’t started up with a meditationsession I am less focused, I have less energy, I am more annoyed and disbalanced. More tired at the end of day. Here is a blog I recently found that I will follow to help me on the way to a more minimalistic life.
Take care. Remember to breath and walk slow.
I went to a seminar this day. The theme of the day was a new corprate idea – LEAN – and the main speaker before lunch had a bunch of pictures – one of them got me feeling really well – the Yoda from Star Wars says – “Try. There is no try. There is only do or not do”. Things collide. I met the Minimalists. Read their views. In one of their essays they write this: Your mission: try to pick up the chair. But this presents a unique problem, doesn’t it? You see, you can’t try to pick it up, either you pick it up or you don’t, you can or you can’t, you succeed or you fail, but you don’t try. It is impossible to try to pick up that chair. Stop trying; start doing.
This happens all the time. For everyone. But I don’t think we take it serious. When we begin to get interrested in a new aspect of life people and things seem to come to us. And we seem to be more open to seeing and beeing influenced – by peoiple and things. it Is is as we become magnets – we become magnets to our interrest. To our focus. If wee keep that focus and we feed it it will grow and grow. In all directions. Leading us into surprising roads. New heights and views. So. I say it again. Go for it. Go for it.
I’m a beginning minimalist. I understand from reading Joshua and Ryan that I should get rid of my clutter. It’s everywhere. In drawers, in cupboards, in the basement, in shelfs, beside the bed, under the bed, over the bed – yes everywhere. Grabbin’ energy. Takin’ time from me. Makes it hard to find things. Yesterday evening I cleaned the pensil bowl – I had hundreds of them. Stored in a bowl. It has been difficult to grab and to find the right one. 30 minutes later one spot in the house was cluttercleaned. My wife was surprised and positive to the result. Now they are sorted and fewer. And it’s just the beginning. The same evening I opened the drawer with all these cords. I use some of them – sometimes – most of them never. “Could be handy same day”. They come with computers, phones, cameras, mp3-players etc. They have stayed in this drawer until last evening. I spent one hour and found other things that’s been hidden – old photos that brings back memories (but that’s not the place for our photos). Forgotten and stuffed under the cord clutter.
This is a good example of doing. Read and watch the video.
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