Day 14

14.0 - A clean house is a clean mind. This is an idea from Japanese Buddhism. I am seeing the reality of this truth in my own life, as I continue to explore meditation, mindfulness, and simplicity. I am revisiting minimalism and what it means for me. I have long been a minimalist but it has tended to consist of bouts or bursts of purging of unwanted things. And then a re-accumulation. And then another purge. Which kept my total number of possessions to a reasonable number, but I think I could still get better at being mindful of what things I want to bring into my life and keep a steady-state, so to speak. And, of course, it is easier to keep a clean house when you have fewer things.

14.1 - "What is garbage, exactly? Things that are dirty, worn out, unusable, no longer useful, no longer needed, and so on. And yet nothing starts out as garbage. Things become garbage when they are treated like garbage. [...] People who don't respect objects don't respect people. For them, anything no longer needed is just garbage."

  • A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind, Shoukei Matsumoto.

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