This week we’re returning to the minimalist theme in search of lifestyle changes to improve out overall well being.You might recall that my family and I are on a minimalist journey of sorts. My family tried out a minimalist Thanksgiving with fewer dishes and a more low key vibe with excellent results. My own path is toward fewer possessions, responsibilities, and drains on my energy. Naturally,this has me thinking about how less could be more in our day to day lives.
Spoonie Nation lives life in a strange way kind of straddling our two lives. We often find ourselves with the hopes and dreams after illness as before, but our bodies just can’t keep up. This dissonance can be a painful source of conflict internally, socially, and in the work place. I believe that minimalism can help here. We might find more satisfaction in focusing our time, energy, and intention on what’s most important to us. I can’t promise this will be easy, but it’s worth a shot, or two.
A few prep questions:
1. Do you find that caring for your possessions weigh you down or suck away time that might be better used elsewhere?
2. Do predetermined time commitments dictate what you do and how you do it?
-Sometimes commitments made years ago no longer make sense, but momentum keeps them going?
3. Are too many goals pulling you in opposite directions?
4. Do you find yourself avoiding certain activities that you once enjoyed?
5. Are unhelpful or negative thoughts hampering your progress or wellness?
-Sometimes, we take certain ideas as actual “facts”.
Here are a few examples:
"I have such bad luck, no treatment will ever help me."
"I guess I just have to live this way."
"I deserve to suffer because of some bad choices I have made in the past."
"Nobody will ever listen to what I have to say."
"I’m not important because I am not productive."
6. What could you rethink about your life?