Thursday, April 4, 2013

Living Simply: lessons learned

This is a list of what I've learned since the beginning of my journey to live simply. Also, feel free to read these milestones alongside the full story behind my journey here

What I've learned (in no particular order):

1) If possessions are taken from me due to situations beyond my control, waiting before trying to replace them (rather than acting out of attachment) can be helpful.

2) Material possessions should serve me, not the other way around.

3) Everything in my home should be either useful, cherished, or both.

4) Excess material possessions can hinder relationships with other people.

5) Consuming food can be a great source of enjoyment, but food should not be consumed for comfort alone.

6) Eat to live well, but don't live to eat.

7) The main purpose of clothing is for comfort and protection from the elements. However, clothing can also be worn to adorn our own natural beauty, as opposed to the sole purpose of impressing others.

8) Small, frequent positive changes are much more effective (and less exhausting) than large infrequent changes.

9) Fewer high-quality items are better than many cheap, inferior quality items.

10) Fewer possessions, less time cleaning, more time for loved ones and cherished hobbies.

11) A house containing fewer possessions and a greater emphasis on life more easily becomes a home.

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Are you also on a journey dealing with excess material possessions? What have you learned so far? What are your goals?

May all beings be happy!

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"Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul." ~ Democritus

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