A few days ago, I was looking for things in the room. Suddenly I brought back my mind; the room was already in a mess. I was sitting on the bed and tired, and looking at things that were not used in the room for more than half a year, including received postcards and gifts, clothes, shoes and bags that are rarely used, books I love, tourist souvenirs, etc. What will all of these objects bring to me? Why I still have these things?
The reason for why have a lot of things is very simple because you can’t leave it, desires bring more things; attachment makes you store more things. The hint is in the commercial advertisements, the message in the ads is probably about wearing this dress you can live like the girls in their vacation. Buying this car, and you will have a happy life with family for a lifetime. One object often represents an important moment in the past, a memory, a person. Calm and have a closer look, desire makes you live in the future; attachment allows you to live in the past. Besides, there are other reasons for retaining items, like feeling doesn’t want to waste, probably a combination of desire and attachment.
穿上這件衣裳，就可以過著名模的度假生活? Wear this dress, you can live like on a holiday?
買了這台車，就可以幸福快樂一輩子? Buy this car you can have happiness forever?
On June 22nd, I attended Meta Xu Weizhen’s new book sharing meetup. She is the author of “The Law of Million Mobility from the Media: 3333 business plan for everyone.” She has self-goal of 100 every year for the past ten years. The achievement was to give away 100 items that were not needed in 100 days in 2015. That changed part of her life. She also suggested that if your life is not going well, you should start to organize your personal belongings, you might have an answer when you organize your own objects. The other writer I like Shiying Chu, In the second chapter of his book “One Dialogue in the Year, the Plan for Ten Years: I Need to Practice and Renew Every Year” mentioned that to organize a package or a room is organize myself. We can rethink the relationship between the item and the self. You are sorting yourself and changing your habits, you will change your life.
文章開頭引言是出自於達賴喇嘛尊者的著作《How To Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life》《如何練習：通往有意義的人生》，書中對於每日練習的建議是；覺察自己對於自己對於飲食、服裝和住所的依戀，並練習對於旅人般的生活感到適應滿足。
Danshari – “de-clutter.” founder, Ms. Yamashita has written many books talking about the benefit and methods of de-clutter. This is kind o minimalism not just for physical things but for the mind. Although I realized the issue that I want to clean my stuffs, it is not possible to deal with everything immediately. It takes time to let go of the memories. It takes time to carry out the cleaning work. Then I just gave me time to step forward! The content of the cleaning is not only physical items but also many things in the mental aspect. When you open a box of sundries, it is like opening a time box with memories. Only when you are ready, you can effectively execute them.
The quote at the beginning is from the Holiness Dalai Lama’s book “How to Practice: To a Meaningful Life,” in which the book’s advice for daily practice is; Notice your attachments to food, clothes, and shelter, and adapt monastic practices of contentment to a layperson’s life.
July is the middle of a year, I just decided to organize my attachment and finish it at the end of 2019. Welcome to join me and start your own Zen movement anytime and live at the moment.
Holiness, The Dalai Lama His. How To Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life
斷捨離流 改變人生的整理魔法：【斷捨離】終極應用篇！這樣做，沒有丟不掉的東西，30種煩惱物品一次解決！— 山下英子
1年計畫10年對話：預約10年後的自己，需要年年實踐與更新 — 褚士瑩
我決定簡單的生活：從斷捨離到極簡主義，丟東西後改變我的12件事! — 佐佐木典士
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