It has been almost two years that I’ve been decluttering, and earlier last week I had a breakdown of impatience and frustration. I couldn’t believe that this process was still going, and I was wondering why I hadn’t arrived to my full expectation of what I wanted my minimalist life to look like. It is so crazy how enjoying the present moment, and giving yourself credit for how far you’ve come doesn’t even become part of the picture when all you are only focused on is the end result. I am learning that there is a balance between focused intention and having peace and serenity in the now.
The first thing that happened during this journey was getting rid of bulky unnecessary furniture. I must have given away at least five pieces of furniture to make room in our one bedroom apartment. I can’t believe all of that furniture was in here at one time! Then I moved onto smaller items, clothing, and the crazy world of miscellaneous. I don’t miss anything at all, and each time this process goes a bit deeper.
I will admit is that I never thought that the process of becoming a minimalist would change my life so much. A minimalist lifestyle is as drastic as becoming vegan in that the majority doesn’t even think to live this way. Well so far so good and I’m going to keep moving through it. In the midst of decluttering I found some wonderful quotes that had inspired me that I wanted to share. Now that they are posted here I can release the notebooks that I wrote them in.
Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light.
The universe will perfect that which concerns me when I surrender control.
—Acts of Faith by Iyanla Vanzant
Women need these three things to live a healthy life:
You don’t need endless time and perfect conditions. Do it now. Do it today. Do it for twenty minutes and watch your heart start beating.
All inner urges that do not find their fulfillment in the Self, in its oneness with the Universal Self, will be left unfulfilled. These urges are meant to be fulfilled creatively, through expressions of generosity, love, oneness, wholeness–you get the idea. Otherwise, they will seek fulfillment in consumerism, an ongoing unmet craving of wanting to want.
—Spiritual Liberation by Michael Bernard Beckwith
Side note: I’ve been really getting into Ayurvedic beauty and health so expect more info on Ayurveda coming up. Have a beautiful day!
Peace and Sunshine,
(Image by D Sharon Pruitt)