This December brought a lot of emotional turbulence into my personal space. The kind of stranger that drops in unexpectedly and leaves a notable mark on your soul.
This month is a month of unveiling and then wrapping up thoughts cognizant with Minimalism.
We have been through the following topics lightly (thanks to my passiveness):
- Mindful purchasing
- Minimalist relationships
- Remote business building
- Swedish death cleaning
Today, I’m going to be touching on emotions. I follow the philosophy of Stoicism loosely.
What is stoicism?
Stoicism is an ancient Greek philosophy (developed by Zeno of Citium around 300 B.C. as a refinement of Cynicism) which teaches the development of self-control and fortitude as a means of overcoming destructive emotions….which enables a person to develop clear judgment, inner calm and freedom from suffering (which it considers the ultimate goal).
Stoicism is not just a set of beliefs or ethical claims, but rather a way of life, involving constant practice and training, and incorporating the practice of logic, Socratic dialogue and self-dialogue, contemplation of death, and a kind of meditation aimed at training one’s attention to remain in the present moment.
Life is a roller coaster of emotions and we are all susceptible to emotional purchases, actions that we regret and a myriad of other paths that we try to logically defend our positions to a lost cause.
This month was definitely one that tested my emotions to an extent where I learnt that:
- Social dynamics is pretty much a b*tch no matter where you go.
- Working remotely increases the complications of social dynamics further.
- Working with different cultures concurrently is highly stressful yet very intriguing in terms of navigating through the cultural habits and personalities to achieve work related goals
- Emotional attachments to friendships must be held on as tightly and let go as lightly. Time is the essence of the game of life – treasure it and those memories will stay etched within forever. No life, no death.
- Purchasing of luxury items can be paradoxical to Essentialism, but not Minimalism. I’ve learnt to embrace the finer things in life without judgment nor fear of it. Choosing to purchase something that would help in reaching life goals and practical ones simultaneously is in line with Minimalism.
Do you subscribe to stoicism or are you inspired to? How has life been for you and how gently do you let go?
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