I created an album on Pinterest: Indian yogis . One cannot imagine these yogis with 1000 things or more. They have modest clothes, a blanket, a bowl to eat and drink from. One yogi has a bag. he seems to be a traveling yogi.
All this baggage that we travel around needs attention. Too much how I think. During the coming 12 years I’ll focus on making life easier here. Joshua Becker has created a these 12 weeks and there is a facebook group who are all on their ways to become a minimalist.
It will be exciting weeks. At the end I’ll feel released. I know this already now. It’s easier to be calm and clear the the surroundings reflect this.
Yoga cannot heal everything, Yoga is not a solution for everything. For me it’s always a source of inspiration.
I remember a workshop with Danny P.. He told a story about someone who described why he had no time at all to practice yoga. The job didn’t allow it, the family, the kids, the commuting and so on. The recommendation by Danny: Change this job. Change life so that it’s possible to do this practice (if you want so).
I’m also at a point again to change a lot of things. Things must go. I love empty space, clean and warm rooms. Too many things mean work. They mean distraction from what is important. They can also make life easier. Some things bring joy. Most people have too much. We’re asked to buy a thousand times every day. Advertising is bombing us. I might have difficulties to find a book for my husband for Christmas. Amazon could advise me what he adores. And we buy and buy and buy. It’s not only me. Otherwise the stock price of Amazon wouldn’t have soared that much.
Do I really need this wooden sword that I had bought decades ago when I still was practicing Aikido? I look at it when I have a declutter phase. Oh, I could do picture with a sword, I think. If I would have loved this idea, I’d done it already. This sword is so bulky. It’s the first think that I’ll give away. I hope Oxfam will take it. I don’t want to spend too much time finding a person who loves it. I want to have it out of the house.
Today I cooked. I tried out something new from one of the many many cooking magazines that I have here. The couscous got too thick. Half of the coconut milk would have been enough. The spices were very difficult to put over the cauliflower. The pear chutney was great. My own fantasy recipes are better. So I’ll write down the pear chutney recipe in one of my journals. I’m not motivated to try another recipe from this magazine. I live with the idea that I have many delicious recipes in all these magazines. Fact is many of these recipes are not good at all. After dinner I threw out a lot of these magazines. I didn’t like to wait for the beginning of the becoming a minimalist course that will start on Tuesday. I’m sure I’ll find so much more here that is just a burden, a promise that is not held.
I’d like to create more time for myself and for my beloved ones. I want to create more time for strolling around, reading, experiencing something.