While I was doing my yoga practice today, I was reminded that “it’s all connected”… our minds and our bodies; precisely like our mental outlook and our relationship to our possessions. How we feel changes what happens around us, and vice versa. The things we choose to surround ourselves with, affect our mental state.
The phrase, “it’s all connected” reminded me of my psychology studies dealing with the mind-body connection (evidenced by things such as psychosomatic illness) and the connection between awareness, abundance and focus. Consciously reducing our distractions and possessions to find and develop the things we decide are truly most important to us is what minimalism is all about.
My yoga practice also reminds me that daily life is often filled with feeling hurried and rushed, and how important it is to slow things down and take the time that we really need to take care of ourselves. We don’t discover our purpose or develop our passions while madly racing from one thing to the next. We need time to stretch and breathe.
It can be challenging to find the stillness we really require to see the path we need to take, but it’s worth the effort. It’s worth our time to not only clear our physical spaces, but also our minds from clutter so we can feel more peaceful than chaotic.
Even when things are not going perfectly, it’s worth our effort to recognize and appreciate the stuff that’s really making our lives as awesome as they are right now. Our sincere gratitude for the good we already enjoy only invites more goodness in.