Category Archives: Declutter

Tossing the physical and mental burdens that weigh us down

When tools enslave

I’m not a luddite; I love technology and information-era tools. But I can’t help feeling that most people with smartphones are more addicted to their devices than they realize or care to admit….  And that’s kind of scary. Having access … Continue reading

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To live

“To live means to experience — through doing, feeling, thinking. Experience takes place in time, so time is the ultimate scarce resource we have. Over the years, the content of experience will determine the quality of life. Therefore one of … Continue reading

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Simplicity isn’t simple

Simplicity often embodies complexity. Being simple ain’t easy. Simplicity involves hard work — making deliberate, specific choices — to reduce things to their most essential elements. True simplicity isn’t merely a façade of plainness; rather, it reflects a well-integrated and purposeful design that advances … Continue reading

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Thinking about thinking

Happiness involves a kind of “meta-awareness” — a consciousness of consciousness. That is, being aware of what we’re thinking enables us to let go of negative thoughts that produce feelings of unhappiness within us. Through awareness of our thoughts, we … Continue reading

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Happiness is…

Happiness is what’s left after we strip away cluttery thoughts of ego and attachment. Ironically, our own thinking is the stumbling block we must overcome to be content and happy. Like anything that’s real and true, happiness is with us all … Continue reading

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Don’t worry. Be happy.

Admittedly, I never really thought about the lyrical wisdom expressed in Bobby McFerrin’s 1988 hit song. Sure, the catchy, upbeat tune makes you want to smile and whistle along — which, funnily enough, takes your mind off worries and engenders … Continue reading

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Purging emotional clutter

Forgiveness — letting things go — is the key to healing and inner peace. External clutter often mirrors internal disarray — it’s usually a visible sign of inner turmoil or distress in our lives. Effectively purging external “crap” is only … Continue reading

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Stuff begets stuff

Let me begin with a Zen reflection — a haiku that describes a perplexing and common dilemma: We own to feel free But possessed by possessions, Ownership enslaves. In short, the more we have, the more we need… because we … Continue reading

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Motto for today… and always

Simplicity isn’t about deprivation; it’s about freedom from encumbrances. By eliminating what we don’t need and focusing only on the essential, we reject distractions that keep us from living happy and purposeful lives. In achieving this balance, we become our … Continue reading

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