The new year is fast approaching. I wish I could have given the freedom and mobility that I experienced in college three years ago to everyone. Having so few things allowed me ultimate focus and lightness of being. It is true spiritual and eco-friendly living – fitting all political affiliations.
In college, my lightness was limited to my possessions. My mind was brimming with thoughts – never empty, never open to what could be if I let go. I soon expanded this lightness to my career (switching to work at home) and schedule (eliminating as many appointments as possible).
This year, I have been moving the lightness of being to my thoughts and the busyness of days – focusing on expectations and desires. Examining patterns. Also, food. We have complicated food so much with condiments, spices, sugar, various methods of cooking – much to the detriment of our health and our minds.
The ultimate goal this next year for cooking for me is to have five recipes from memory and to cook those five 80% of the time at least. To remove physical copies of recipe cards almost completely.
I am asking you, this new year, if you do one thing, do not let it be to downsize possessions. The mind and soul are more important than your physical possessions. If you do just one thing, stop your thoughts often, live in the moment – remind yourself constantly to be 100% there in every activity, whether just washing your hands, talking with a stranger, or petting an animal, until this method of living is a habit. It is the best thing you can do for your soul, health, and circumstance – to stop the flow of commentary regularly, through meditation and through being fully present. In 2016, eliminate pursuit and just be.