Mindfulness means paying attention in a certain way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. This kind of attention nurtures greater awareness, clarity, and acceptance of present-moment reality. It wakes us up to the fact that our lives unfold only in moments. If we are not fully present for many of those moments, we may not only miss what is most valuable in our lives but also fail to realize the richness and depth of our possibilities for growth and transformation. A diminished awareness of the present moment inevitably creates other problems for us as well through our unconscious and automatic actions and behaviors, often driven by deep-seated fears and insecurities. These problems tend to build over time if they are not attended to and can eventually leave us feeling stuck and out of touch. Over time, we may lose confidence in our ability to redirect our energies in ways that would lead to greater satisfaction and happiness, perhaps even to greater health.
— by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You Go, There You Are (via liberatingreality)

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I love stuff as much as the next guy, but I’ve come to understand that, regardless of the cost of acquiring it, the price of having it is freedom.
Colleen Wainwright

Isn’t Minimalism the removal of desire?

It can be. When used intelligently, desire is a path to motivation, happiness and progress.

Too many desires, for too many things, will nullify the end benefit.

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Every physical item we desire comes with three aspects.

1) The physical object itself.

2) A theoretical change that would be made to ourselves.

The second can come in many forms, external in advertising and branding, or internal in our own perceptions of ourselves: social acceptance, self-actualization, abstract success, free of all stress, or (most powerfully) any change that would make us more desirable to others.

The often ignored implication: when we finally purchase the object, it comes with:

3) An obligation to live up to those expectations

For example, the physical object might be a bottle of water. External or internal forces suggest that this bottle of water might make us a better person (healthier, more confident, capable). When we drink the bottle of water, we feel the pressure to achieve the success or happiness attached.

When the better person doesn’t materialize, we might assume that it’s our fault somehow, and that we must keep trying. But this is an unconscious fallacy: a physical object won’t change us. We are not beholden to this fantasy. We never were.

Maturing is realizing how many things don’t require your comment.
— Rachel Wolchin (via grateful-melancholic)

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Only when we take ourselves lightly can we take ourselves seriously, so that we are given the courage to say, ‘Yes! I dare disturb the universe,’
— Madeleine L’Engle (via lotusloves)

Sometimes I have to remind myself that not every post on this blog has to be perfect.

It’s the same with everything, really.

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I’m traveling soon.

It’s wonderful to remember that my happiness is at its purest when all I have is a stuffed backpack.