Breathe

These days it’s quite difficult to focus on one thing. It’s normal to be distracted, to have things muddled in your brain, to feel the urge to execute things all at once.

Being cognizant, however, is something we can cultivate. It’s a good start because there’s a space for change.

Something I noticed to be helpful is to pay attention to the impulse–to just notice, pause, and talk ourselves out.

While it sounds funny to do a monologue, it starts an honest conversation when we say, “Hey! You’re on the verge of juggling again. Breathe. It’s okay. You can do it one thing at a time.”

Focus is freedom. When we can cultivate undivided attention towards one thing, we make calculated decisions–we know where our attention is really needed. We’re more likely to get things done. We might slip back, but it’s fine as we practice and untangle ourselves from the excess and gain clarity.

 

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The Not So Minimalist Takeaways

We’ve got it all covered. We are enough. The only way to go is up and forward.

—Minimalism opens the gates to freedom. It’s not only about curating our stuff; it’s getting disentangled from how we’re told we’re supposed to live.

—Stuff has greatly improved our lives. But the most important things go beyond purchase.

—Discontent replaced with material things cannot make the gnawing go away. Neither our pacifiers ever will.

—Life is too short to be collecting things instead of experiences.

—Spending less is the best way to have more.

—Minimalism is a tool we can use in all areas of our lives. When we pause and ruminate on what’s truly important, we can become a better version of ourselves, doing only the things that bring us joy and growth.

—Digital minimalism is a sound choice. Simplifying our digital experience gives us the space to maximize communication and learning, and spend the bulk of our time actually living. I’m not saying social media is bad but it’s worth the try consuming only what betters us.

—The way to persuade people to less is to not convince them. If we change, others may see the benefits and follow along. And even if they don’t, it’s okay. It’s better to meet our values.

—Life is so much brighter and saner with intentional muscle, with mindfulness.

—It doesn’t have to be Paris or Greece. We can be at any place and feel happy. Happiness resides in us.

—Minimalism is simple but not always easy. But it helps when we constantly ask why we’re doing it. Know our whys and we change our lives. Digging intimately to why we’re sticking to a habit, for instance, is often the key to make it worth doing over and over. Hurdles become our fuel towards better.

Digital Freedom

—What freedom are we cultivating if we’re free from the leash of our brightly lit phones, scrolling and clicking mindlessly?

—What would it mean for our limited time and attention, our mood and sanity, if we intentionally choose and filter what we consume, finding sense on who we follow?

—What if we are learning with the interest to create and pay forward our own creation?

—How much freedom can we free up and make use of if we are keen to spend small time on our digital presence and the rest to the real lives we’re living?

—If we only consume the materials we deem would improve us, then what we digest can actually make us full.