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Minimalism & Mindfulness

Discussion in 'General Discussion Subforum' started by Simplicity, Oct 20, 2015.

  1. Simplicity

    Simplicity Guest

    I'm just starting to learn about Mindfulness but I've been practicing Minimalism for years and I think the two goes hand in hand. For me living in a minimalist way means getting rid of all unnecessary things in my life, both possessions and habits.

    I started by going through my possession and selling off things that I didn't need, keeping only the things I truly loved and cherished - making sure to think twice before buying anything new. I took time to organize important things from my life and I now have a big box full of memories in one place. I know that every single item I own is something I need and want. It makes a huge difference.

    I also learned to prioritize, not lending my time and effort to useless things. This meant enjoying the simple things and really being in the moment with my family, when I cook, when I garden. I think it's a pretty enjoyable way of life.

    Now I just have to declutter my mind... that is a bit harder! ;-)

    Has anyone here done the same?

    The Minimalists:
    http://www.theminimalists.com/start/

    I found this awesome lady a few months ago, Diana of Innermost House:



    //Simplicity
     
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  2. mike2014

    mike2014 Beloved Grand Eagle

    Hi Simplicity,

    That's a great idea and I think practicing minimalism is actually one of the many elements of mindfulness. It stops us from clinging onto obsessive behaviours and patterns and focusing on what's in the now. Now the challenge is, to apply all of the principles of mindfulness to the real world.
     
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  3. Walt Oleksy

    Walt Oleksy Beloved Grand Eagle

    Minimalism is wonderful. I keep remembering movies set in Japanese homes. They have very little except the bare necessities... they don't even have chairs. They sit on the floor to eat. Pictures on the walls? Nope. TV, stereo, computer? Nada.

    A friend has her table so cluttered with old newspapers, stuff that comes in the mail, etc., it is high as a mountain. And don't look in her basement! It looks like ten garage sales wouldn't clear it. Her husband once told me that my uncluttered home was an "oasis of tranquility."
     
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  4. mike2014

    mike2014 Beloved Grand Eagle

    That's right Walt, it also stems from Feng Shui.
     
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  5. Simplicity

    Simplicity Guest

    Yes, exactly, I really love Japanese gardens as well. How peaceful.
     
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  6. Walt Oleksy

    Walt Oleksy Beloved Grand Eagle

    That's an amazing video. Thanks for posting it.
     
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  7. Simplicity

    Simplicity Guest

    You're welcome, Walt. :)

    I'm very interested in minimalist living and tiny houses. I think her way of living is fascinating. Sadly she's no longer living in the house, but she's now touring, speaking about how it was to live out in the woods for seven years.
     
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  8. Simplicity

    Simplicity Guest

    I would also recommend this lovely documentary: Into Great Silence. Interesting and beautiful.

     
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  9. Simplicity

    Simplicity Guest

    I forgot to mention this site, it's one of the best when it comes to Minimalism & Mindfulness.

    Zen Habits
     
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