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Meaning of Minimalism

Minimalism is not about giving up all of your material possessions to the point of deprivation. It is not about living a solitary life. It is not about not buying anything for a whole year. It is not about giving up on technology. It is not about detaching yourself from the use of social media.

Minimalism is simply about giving up the excess in your life to make space for the things that really matter. It is about minimizing the noise (physical or emotional) in your life so you could focus on the present. It is removing the clutters so that you can have more space and time for yourself. It is living with enough so you can give the excess to others. It is about giving up on labels and living up with principles. Minimalism is about finding happiness within.

There are many places, websites and books wherein you could find different meanings of minimalism. It will differ from person to person but one thing is for sure, the meaning will always revolve around the things that matters to us.

I invite you to be generous, to be present, to be healthy, to be purpose-driven, to be better, to be passionate, to be free, to be principle-oriented, to be creative, to be yourself and to be a minimalist.

False Metrics of Success

When we talk of goals most of the time the first thing that comes in mind is the word “success”. If you would search for its meaning you would always see the words “accomplishment of purpose”.

However, today we live in the world wherein we forget what purpose really mean and we make the grave mistake of attributing the wrong things to success. Most of the time we attribute it to false metrics to success; things like money and power.

I know that it is quite cliche to say that it is not money and power that determines our success rather it is the accomplishment of our “purpose”. We must be fully aware that money and power are just going to be the price of the completion of your purpose. It may not be limited to those two things but still the real metric to success is how much you have contributed to the betterment of the lives of the people around you rather than “how much” and “how greater” you are than them, before I end this post I just want to share what my old university professor used to say “It takes far less energy pulling people up than pushing people down; and remember that the latter gets you nowhere.”

Have a good one.

Politics and People

The world is a very beautiful place. The people, mountains, islands, beaches, foods, churches; almost everything is perfect except politics. Right now the world is the shit hole of politics and it will be for the longest time until we realize that the only answer for the problem regarding this is unity. Unity doesn’t mean that we should support another persons candidate, party or view. Unity means being able to work together with other people towards a better future without being radical to a fault; and also despite the differences in views we could still interact with each other to produce win win instances.

We as people should know better that we can disagree without being disagreeable, and worst being violent.

Toiling During Good Times

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“Toil when bad days are far away like soldiers do at time of peace.” – Seneca

We as humans tend to forget everything wrong that could happen when we are on the high time of our life, but it is important that we still keep in mind that days aren’t always smiles and sunshines.

We have to prepare for the worst while hoping for the best. This way we can maintain our positivity even if times get rough. One way to do this is to practice abstinence; I am not talking about the things that Christians do in Holy Week, but it is quite near it.

We could practice this at least once every two weeks. Give yourself a certain day wherein you live way way below your means. By practicing this you are giving yourself a run through of the things that could happen, so that when it happens you wouldn’t be bothered that much. Also, we could also use this to see if we could live with less. These could be an eye opener to many of us. For example, I didn’t know that I could live with just 100 pesos in my pocket, that is around 2 USD.

When we have more it doesn’t necessarily follow that we should exhaust all of our resources. Sometimes living more simply and getting down to our roots is a better alternative so that we would not lose touch of our ego, and remain grounded about everything.

Humility isn’t necessarily limited on your attitude to other people, but it can also reflect greatly on how you spend on things and how you take care of the things that you have. Have a good day everyone and keep safe.

 

 

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Waste Is Wasting Your Life

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According to National Geographic an average person produces 1,600 pounds of trash per year, and in our whole lifespan we can be able to produce at around 48 metric tons of trash; It is equivalent to the weight of 24 cars combined. What is more interesting is that there are 7.4 billion people on earth and if you multiply it altogether we can produce at around 355 billion tons of trash in our lifetime. It is not a pretty picture isn’t it?

The biggest question for me is how would we be able to sustain life here on earth for the following decades to come? Our waste management trend is far from manageable and we are the only ones who can stop the madness so that we can still make this Earth livable for our children’s children.

As of now the most widespread campaign to fight waste is the “Three R’s  of the Environment” which is namely reuse, reduce, recycle. However, in my opinion the process of the three R’s will only lead to continuous waste creation, because we are not really tackling the cause of the problem but only the consequence. Unless we find a way to stop the start of the creation of waste only then we could create a better way to preserve the planet that we live in.

How can we stop creating waste? The simplest way is by consuming what is only necessary because waste comes from our excess – the excess in all the things that we use.

Like it or not we are slowly killing our planet and it is our responsibility as stewards to create an environment that can sustain every living being without the creation of the “too much” that is killing us slowly but surely.

“WHAT I HAVE BECOMES WHO I AM.”

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What are Labels? Labels are written or printed information about a product as defined by wikipedia. The stronger the product’s label the more appealing it becomes to the public and vice versa. It takes time before you can build a positive label for a product in the market, and there are numerous factors on which it can be affected.

Almost everyone wants to buy products with good labels that can deliver what it promises, and there is nothing wrong with it. However, today quality comes with a price so sometimes it is inevitable to cast off some of our hard earned money to get the things that we need.

The problem arises when a person’s need becomes a want and then they identify with the label of the material that he has. In our society today wearing designer clothes is synonymous to success, having a car instead of a super-car means you are one word away (super) from happiness. Don’t even get me started on gadgets and houses.

It is very alarming that this type of thinking is growing at a very alarming rate. We are now in a society where the things we have becomes who we are. Advertisements has engraved in us envy, jealousy and insatiable hunger for more.

The result is that we are now becoming conspicuous consumers; we spend money to buy luxury goods and services to publicly display economic power.

We are chasing acceptance through our possession that only results in stress, anxiety and problems. It would be really beneficial physiologically and psychologically if we would slow down, and consider carefully the things that we are going to buy. Is it really what we need? Or do we just want to feed the bottomless void, that we think we can fill through the labels and materials we buy that is built on illusion.

I hope that in the future the basis of a person’s worth would be on the things that he did, not the things that he had.

One Routine To Change Your Life

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We are always bombarded in the internet with routines which says that could change our lives forever ( e.g. 10 Step Routine to Success, 5 Steps to Fuller Life and so on). We search these things because we want to have a radical change in what is happening to us. We may have different reasons but the main point is that we want to do something more, something bigger and something better.

I am not against these things ( I really do some of them), but sometimes because there are many procedures we cannot even proceed to day 2 of doing all of them again. I will be giving you a one step routine that will change you forever! That is right just one step so you can get started; and hopefully this routine will become a habit of yours and the next thing you know your life has really changed.

So where do we start? Have you ever felt tired organizing and fixing everything you have everyday? Have you ever looked at your things and probably told yourself, “What is the use of this thing? Or when did I buy this thing?”. If any of these happened to you then you’ve got a problem about excess. So what should we do about this? If you are thinking of getting rid of them that is right. However, there is a better way to get rid of things and that is by giving.

According to a study by the UCLA in the year 2012 this is what an average home contains:

438 Books and Magazines
212 CDs
139 Toys
90 DVDs or Videos
39 pairs of shoes

The researchers also found out that even the smallest homes had about 2,260 items inside of it.

Isn’t it disturbing that we have this much but we cannot give anything at all? We can start looking at our own closet and see for ourselves how much unused clothes we have; The worst thing is why can’t we give them away to the people who need them? We could create reasons as much as we want but the truth will still remain that it isn’t practical keeping them, which leads me to the perfect solution that will turn your life upside down.

“Giving” is the routine that will change your life. Yes, you read it right it is. Let me start by giving you some benefits of giving.

One of the studies made by the Journal of Psychophysiology proved that “Giving” lowers blood pressure and also helps in the recovery of coronary related events. They also linked it to greater self-esteem, less depression and lower stress levels.

In addition, an MRI study was conducted between people who gave to charity and others who doesn’t. The surprising thing is that the rewards center of the brain of the former lighted up compared to the others who didn’t. There was a massive increase in their bodies’ endorphin levels which resulted to a feeling of happiness.

Giving also gets you rid of material possesions that you do not need and that just consumes needed space in our homes.

If you want more evidence just try searching “benefits of giving” on your favorite search engine, or better yet go to your nearest library. You could even try to read religious scriptures and they all support it, giving knows no religion.

Start giving small and once you are ready to give more, then give big! You can start giving to the people who are close to you, but never expect something in return. You will notice that everything around you becomes lighter and better. You will also feel more grateful on the things that you have. So what are you waiting for start NOW.

Let us do ourselves a favor let us remove the excess in our house and donate it to people in need. We are not only helping ourselves in the process but others as well. Here are some of the charities and non-profit organizations here in the Philippines where you could start giving.

Philippine Red Cross
Pusod, Inc.
Precious Heritage Children’s Home
Haven of Hope Orphanage

“Kindness in words creates confidence, Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” – Lao Tzu

I hope that everything that you’ll give would return to you a thousand fold.

 

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War: The Struggle for More

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“If you live for having it all, what you have is never enough.” – Vicki Robin

This morning when I opened my facebook page I stumbled upon a video from CNN, which features a 5 year-old child who happens to be a war victim. The innocent boy was covered in blood, dust and fear; I was at loss for words on how to describe all of the thoughts and feelings that could be running inside his head. I feel bad for the child; Instead of him playing around with his friends, he is being taken to the hospital to heal his injuries. However, it is not his physical wounds that concern me; it is the emotional ones which concerns me more. I am wondering on how long would it take for it to heal, or will it become a void of emptiness that would breed hatred?

According to the Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research, the top 5 causes of war are the following:

1) Ideological change – People think that their beliefs are far more superior and befitting than that of the others.

2) Self-determination – People think that they have more rights to uphold their political, economic, social and cultural development at the expense of others.

3) National Control – It depends on the reason for this one but I will assume that it is because that more control means more power.

4) Resources – More resources means more money and leverage.

5) Territory – More territory means more resources.

If we would look closely on the similarities on the things written above; The word “more” is the common denominator. Correct me if I am wrong, but I think that all wars and conflicts started because they wanted more. Sadly, up until today people still want more even though our history is telling us that more only causes anger and hatred.

I have yet to see a war that started because they wanted less for themselves and more for others. I hope that in the future the norm would be “having less so that we could give more.”

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Meaning of Minimalism

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Minimalism is not about giving up all of your material possessions to the point of deprivation. It is not about living a solitary life. It is not about not buying anything for a whole year. It is not about giving up on technology. It is not about detaching yourself from the use of social media.

Minimalism is simply about giving up the excess in your life to make space for the things that really matter. It is about minimizing the noise (physical or emotional) in your life so you could focus on the present. It is removing the clutters so that you can have more space and time for yourself. It is living with enough so you can give the excess to others. It is about giving up on labels and living up with principles. Minimalism is about finding happiness within.

There are many places, websites and books wherein you could find different meanings of minimalism. It will differ from person to person but one thing is for sure, the meaning will always revolve around the things that matters to us.

I invite you to be generous, to be present, to be healthy, to be purpose-driven, to be better, to be passionate, to be free, to be principle-oriented, to be creative, to be yourself and to be a minimalist.

A Day Without Electricity

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Here in the Philippines blackouts are inevitable and most of the people get crazy when there is no electricity. Yes, I am one of those vast majority who might almost kill a person if there is no power.

However, today is quite different because I am on a conscious journey of getting rid of the things that eat the majority of my time. You are correct it includes gadgets, television and computers, I came to a conclusion that it is not the loss of electricity that most people are mad at it is the things that they cannot do without electricity. But why do we react that way? My answer would be maybe because we cannot use the comfort that technology offers us. But what are those important things? Television Series? Facebook? Twitter? Games?

Well let me share my experience regarding this, I became a minimalist on August 10, 2016 and from there on I am enjoying the things in life that majority of the people cannot because of their so called “important things” in their “busy lives”. When I started becoming a minimalist these are the things that I enjoy now and it includes taking care of my child, drinking my coffee, reading and writing. Take note that it did not include anything that has to do with technology. Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying that technology is bad, but please take a look around maybe the things that are important to you is not connected to technology. I don’t want you to miss the important things in life, like I don’t want to miss mine.

Let me end this article with a quote:

“Technology is a useful servant but a dangerous master.” – Christian Lous Lange