Declutter your mind and simplify your life
In many countries, our living spaces are becoming smaller and smaller. Our fascination with owning “stuff” has grown and we have far more than we really need.
We order food more than we can consume and we buy things that we really don’t need. We confuse our needs with our wants.
Our lives can get hectic. Lots of priorities, lots of commitments, lots of things we want to do and lots to keep up with. Overtime, we become overwhelmed.
Maris Kondo’s book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” has a famous method involving simplifying your lived-in environment by discarding anything that fails to “spark joy”. This approach can work equally well when it comes to decluttering the spaces of your mind.
Using KonMarie method is unusually speedy because instead of decluttering room by room, she tackles belongings by subject, starting with what is easiest to part with. So, all the clothes, then all the books, then documents, then miscellany and, last and most difficult, photos and momentos.
Instead of deciding what to get rid of, she says, the focus should be on what to keep: which few things spark sufficient joy or are truly necessary.
Our minds are like untidy, cluttered rooms. From time to time, we all need to take a good, hard look inside our own heads and ask ourselves “What do I need to keep?” and “What should I get rid of?”.
Tidying your mind will refresh and energize you, just as tidying up your room does – but on a deeper level. It allows us to review ad rethink about ourselves.
Fall in love with simplicity. Simplifying creates a positive effect on the mind. It enhances the quality of your life and way of thinking. Things become more clearer and lively. Fall in love with less. Fall in love with basic. Fall in love with enjoying what is already there instead of wanting what you don’t have. Fall in love with creating instead of buying. Fall in love with your passion instead of material things. Fall in love with what is most important instead of everything at once. Fall in love with now instead of tomorrow.
“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment” – Buddha