by Luzia Light
Recently, I had the privilege to see the minimalists – namely Ryan Nicodemus and Joshua Fields Millburn – live in Vancouver. Their presentation was short and to the point, all in minimalist fashion. Truly inspiring. Also, I had a chance to briefly talk to them and they are just lovely people. Very authentic and real. Good people. So great that they are travelling around the country and the world to inspire others with the idea of living more deliberately, which is really what this is all about.
What I took away from that evening was this: I already decluttered my home, relationships, daily routines etc, but something I had overlooked was my soul. Need to declutter that, too. Often we hang on to the past and that can be the biggest clutter of them all. Letting go of everything that doesn’t add value to your life must include mental clutter.
Mistakes we made once, that we agonize over in our minds again and again and again. If I would write a book about my life, the title would be: “It seemed like a good idea at the time”. I made sooo many mistakes. But they are in the past, and nothing good comes from reliving them in your mind over and over. Don’t focus on the problem, focus on the solution. Visualize ideal outcomes. Speak and act from your heart. Listen to your intuition. Live from your center and it’s pretty much impossible to make choices that you regret.
past lovers, the first true love, etc.
You can declutter the memorabilia, photos, love letters, mementos, ticket stubs, diaries etc. but you also have to lessen the grip inside your soul. Let these past experiences just be. They are forever part of your life, but right now, in the present, you can choose to have new wonderful experiences. Let go, release the burden, check that baggage at the department for akashic records, where the universe apparently stores everyone’s entire life experiences. Leave it there, don’t keep lugging it around with you. Toooooo heavy.
people who have decided to move on
to “greener pastures”, “the other side” and who are not walking on this earth with us anymore. So hard to let go, but we need to set them free and let them go. Not hold a grudge for leaving us here all alone, but respect their decision that it was time to move on. Set them free and experience the release of pain and sadness and ultimately your emotional freedom.
Well, it’s true what they say: we’re not getting any younger! Acceptance is the key. The more we agonize about the fact that we don’t look the same as we did when we were 20 or 30, the worse we feel, and the faster we age and lose our health. It’s just so counterproductive. Let it go. Whatever. It is the way it is. Focus on where you are now, no matter what your age is and, again, live from your center, act from your heart, be in the moment. When you live your truth right now in this moment, you feel strong and vibrantly healthy and that is what keeps you energized. Follow your passions, do what feels good, remember what your interests are. Dress to express yourself. Decorate your home to express who you really are. Create things, be yourself. Your soul doesn’t age, only your body, and the more you live authentically, the healthier and stronger you will be.
past hurts inflicted by others
So unhealthy to hold on to resentment. Let it go. Forgive whoever hurt you. Forgiving doesn’t mean it’s okay what that person did, it means letting it go and moving on. Forgiveness is for you, not them. We all make stupid mistakes, we all have hurt others intentionally or unintentionally. Replace resentment with compassion. Wipe the slate clean and focus on your present.
As you let the past go, you create room in your tiny brain to make exciting plans for the future. There really is only so much space in your brain, so make some room for the good stuff!