Simplicity And Our Mental Habits

Simplifying life isn’t about following certain steps but is in the entire mindset of the person. Our mental habits are what creates the initial complexity, which needs to be eventually simplified.

We need to look at the root cause, and it is desire. The tendency of the mind to want more and more (to be happy), and yet want less at the same time (to be at peace). The resulting conflict and polarity are what creates the problem.

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The Key Mental Habit of Simplicity : zen habits

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The feeling of having something is temporary, lasting just a day or two. What we really want in life isn’t acquired and we still feel uncertain and in deep insecurities.

Our belongings become mere toys that soothe us for a short while and then provide us with stress, uncertainty and anxiety while turning into clutter.

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We need to become super aware of our thoughts to be able to tinker with them. We can see what the harmful effects could be and stop believing or acting out those thoughts. We can make a humble effort to change them if possible.

Example: If we desire something, while clicking on the ‘order’ button on our phones, we can ask ourselves what we will get if we buy it, challenging our assumptions and beliefs while also looking at the harm it can do to us.

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