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The media shouts at us:
Begin a yoga practice.
Learn to meditate.
Learn a new language.
Learn a musical instrument.
The list goes on and on, voices telling us to add feature after feature to ourselves, like we’re some new tech toy for a bored teenager to buy.
But have you ever noticed that all of these things take our time?
They’re all work.
A regular yoga practice requires dedication, time and effort.
Running is hard work, and it hurts.
Meditation is difficult, and drains our time.
Learning a language to proficiency takes years of lessons and is often expensive.
Learning a musical instrument requires daily practice.
No wonder we’re all so tired.
No wonder we’re all so stressed.
No wonder we’re such easy pickings for the voices that tell us we need yoga, running, meditation, a new language, and a new instrument to be happy!
We work, we manage a home, we have a family and relationships and friends to care for and be with… and then we feel expected by someone somewhere to become more enriched individuals than our parents or grandparents ever were by taking on all these fashionable personal growth activities.
The one thing forgotten in all this mess is time simply to be.
Aren’t we personally grown enough yet?
So I’m saying – the minimalists are saying, don’t start something new.
Instead, get rid of all the old things cluttering up your life.
Not just stuff, but those practices that are exhausting you, filling your hours, sapping your energy. Get rid of everything that makes you feel like you’re inadequate.
Ignore the trendy personal growth activities we’re supposed to do, according to some expert, somewhere.
Throw away your yoga mat.
Give away the running shoes.
Stop meditating. The language you know is enough already.
Don’t learn an instrument. Instead, laugh into the wind and be thankful for who and what you already are.
And know that you are enough.