I began the process of decluttering my life through the release of my collection of numerous worthless items during a recent relocation and sent them off to Goodwill for other collectors to enjoy.
During the process of simplifying my life and working towards my goal of minimalism, I realized that the material clutter was only part of the problem. The real issue was going to be decluttering my mind and thinking process. As a thinker by nature, I realized that I could empty my house, but my head was still full of clutter, so I began a Zen practice and through sitting and walking meditation, I became aware that I carried too much mental baggage.
Although both processes of internal and external decluttering can be difficult, the biggest challenge is to change our thinking patterns. It is easy to dwell on the negative or to stay in a thinking loop that takes you nowhere. I decided to get off that train, and now as I continue releasing my material items, I work on releasing stinking thinking, and other excessive thoughts that have kept my mind from having clarity.
Simplifying your life begins with the therapeutic process of both internal and external purging. Both are necessary if you are to live an authentic minimal life, otherwise, it’s like cleaning out the basement but leaving the attic full of junk.