One Thing at a Time

My life is a manifestation of where I direct my energy. Energy is what I use all day to do everything: prepare a meal and eat it, talk with friends, work, do the house chores, write this blog post, etc. If I want to create or manifest happiness in my life, but I’m always using my mind to complain, then my energy is directed at complaining, not towards creating happiness.

It could be worse. I might be in the habit of complaining, which means I would go there automatically, I would have become a champion, an elite at complaining. Without realizing it, I would direct my energy at complaining, thus getting even more things to complain about in my life. 

It could be even worse! I might be in the habit of moving my awareness all around in my mind all day long. I would have practiced moving my energy all over the place and become so good at it that I’d think I’d have some sort of deficit disorder. 

Fortunately for me, I’ve discovered that I can concentrate my awareness toward one thing at a time. It’s far from being perfect, but I know that when I’m feeling tired, and it’s not even close to bedtime, it’s because my mind acted like a squirrel for a long period of time, thus I’ve been wasting my energy. 

I want my life to be a manifestation of joy, love, happiness, and compassion, therefore, I concentrate my awareness toward one of these feelings, one at a time. I close my eyes, take a deep breath in and release it slowly, and then, I think of something that I am joyful about. If nothing comes up, I think of something that brought me joy in the past, or something that could possibly bring me joy in the future. What’s important to me is not the thought per say, but the feeling. 

When I feel joy, my energy replenishes. The more I practice feeling the joy, the more joyful I get in my life, and the more joy happens in my life. It manifests itself through all sorts of things, events, people, and often without any reason at all (that’s a little weird, but I’m okay with it). 

Useless Stuff

To follow-up on last week’s post, We Have Enough, I thought I could put myself through a challenge.

Unlike many women, I genuinely hate shopping. It’s hard for me to understand the excitement my friends feel when they shop. I see this activity as a stress inducer, feeling no pleasure whatsoever in giving my hard-earned cash in exchange for a thing that might eventually end up unused after 3 months.

But I’m an imperfect being, and I do sometimes buy things I eventually don’t use. When I do, it makes me feel guilty, and, at some point, I want to get rid of the useless stuff I bought not so long ago.

We/I easily blame the media for this behaviour, and the marketing strategies they use to create needs. As I believe we always have a choice, I think it’s wrong to blame them for our consumerism habit.

The real reason I sometimes buy stuff I don’t need is my habit of mindless consumerism. I convince myself the thing I’m about to buy is going to make my life so much better. About 95% of the time, it ends up being the opposite. The stuff takes space in my home, in my mind, and robs me of precious time when I need to care for it.

Because I love challenges, and because I want to change this bad habit, I will experiment not buying anything for the month of November 2017. I’ll only buy food, and the essential personal hygiene products I absolutely need. I have enough clothes, kitchen utensils, and all the tools and product I need to care for my home, myself, my motorbikes, and my car.

If I like how the challenge goes, I might extend it to December. I will keep you posted in a short note on my weekly blog post.

Do you think I can make it? Have you ever tried a similar challenge in the past? And would you try it with me this month?