Declutter Your Life. Declutter Your Mind. - Darius Foroux
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Summed up, it goes like this: you go through every possession you own, hold it in your hands, and keep it only if it evokes some kind of “joy”.
The theory is that any possession that gives yo...
So it makes sense to carefully consider what we keep in our homes.
Most of us own lots of things that make us feel bad (unused gifts, clothes we don't like or that don't fit, books we’ll never read, etc). And if it’s normal to have hundreds or thousands of possessions, then we are each, at all times, bearing the weight of hundreds or thousands of these relationships.
Getting rid of stuff can be quite liberating. Much of this process is about deciding who you are and who you’re not going to be.
You can’t move forward when you’re trying to keep a foot in every door.
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Minimalism is not about what you own. It’s about reducing the things in your life that aren’t providing value, so you can have more space for the things that truly matter.
Minimalist could be about silencing the noise of an increasingly loud world, about calming the millions of thoughts that flow through my monkey mind and giving yourself permission to slow down and take a breath.
In part, the new minimalism is a kind of cultural aftershock of the 2008 housing crisis and banking collapse. At the same time, minimalism has become an increasingly aspirational and deluxe way ...
Many people have minimalism forced upon them by circumstance. Poverty and trauma can make frivolous possessions seem like a lifeline instead of a burden.
Although many of today's gurus insist that minimalism is useful regardless of income, they target the affluent. The focus on self-improvement is more about accumulation.
True minimalism is not about throwing things out, but about challenging your beliefs in an attempt to engage with ideas as they are, to not shy away from reality or its lack of answers.
Underneath the vision of “less” is a mode of living that heightens the miracle of human presence.
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Minimalism is a way of eschewing the non-essential in order to focus on what’s truly important, what gives our lives meaning, what gives us joy and value.
It’s a way to escape the exce...
It’s living without an obsession with material things or an obsession with doing everything and doing too much. It’s using simple tools, having a simple wardrobe, carrying little and living lightly.
....and materialistic things can’t provide that. Indulging in a certain degree of hedonistic pleasure will do you good, but happiness comes from feeling at peace with who you are and how you s...
It’s hard to feel peaceful if you punish yourself for making mistakes. You may even end up avoiding risks and new experiences to escape the pain of your own self-judgment. But trying new things not only opens up avenues for you, but also brings a sense of fulfillment in life.
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Humans have an inbuilt drive to belong and be accepted. This makes us care about what others think of us.
Out of novelty and boredom, we started being part of 'imaginary' groups just because it is cool to do so. There are groups in social media, or in clubs/bars, in which people join due to desire to be accepted.
If we have our friends, family, a career and a few hobbies, we don't need to attach our identity to a group.
Discovering your core values, and having a vision is key to finding your mission.
You have to know where you want to go (Vision) and create a road map that takes you there (Values). Having these foundational pillars in your life makes us less susceptible to what others think and do.
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... that no longer inspire you. Just because something made you happy in the past doesn’t mean you have to keep it forever.
Your life has moved on—maybe it’s time for the decoration to do the same. Keeping just the items that mean the most to you will help them to shine.
There are certain places in our homes we tend to leave items out for convenience. By leaving these things out, we think we’re saving time and simplifying our lives. That’s the convenience fallacy.
W might save a couple of seconds, but the other 99.9 percent of the time, those items just sit there creating a visual distraction.
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The right frame of mind, and thinking about positive things to happen goes a long way to improving your life. Focus on what you want.
You can't just think good thoughts and assume your life will be better.
We can't just think something. We need to act on it.
Be an originator of the action, of new ideas and be the first to start something new.
Set an example. No matter what it is, be the first one who does something.
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