A Minimalistic Life II

马晓山

As practitioners of life cultivation, we only aim to live a healthy and happy life, a life without illness and medication until we die at age one hundred.

Most of the time we follow the crowd. We work hard in this world. We work hard so that we can live a better life. We work hard so that we can send our children to the best schools. We work hard so that we gain power and fame. Slowly, we want more and more out of our life, and we become lost in the end.

However, do we have to work so hard that we forget what life means to us?

02 Material Minimalism

As practitioners of life cultivation, we noticed that many people like to buy things whether they use the things they buy or not. With the advance of e-commerce and the push of merchants who want us to buy their products, our buying habit is going down the drain.

We know of a lady who bought a pair of purple shoes when she shopped at a shopping mall. When she went home, she found out that she had bought an identical pair of shoes that she had never worn. Sure, it proved that she liked the pair of shoes very much and that is the reason why she bought it again. However, it also showed that she really did not need the pair of shoes because she never wears them and she forgets all about them.

When we start to buy things whether we use it or not, we have landed on an endless loop. The things will just pile up and it litters our mind. Our mind is then full of useless things. Our mind is like a wastebasket now. Is it good for our life cultivation practice? Obviously not.

We should check things in our house yearly and give away those that we do not use for over a year and those we forget we own and never use. We will continue to use things that we already own without having to buy new ones. We will then realize that we really do not need so many things. We should not have bought them in the first place. What we can use is really limited.

Man is the master of all things, so don’t put the cart before the horse and let ourselves be the slave of things that we possess. Buying carefully, cherishing use, and resolutely discarding is the best view of material life.

03 Energy Minimalism

As practitioners of life cultivation, we know that whatever we do, no matter how minute it is, it uses up some of our birth-energy that we were born with. Once we replete our birth-energy, we die. Thus, it is important for us to conserve our energy if we want to live long and healthy.

There was a very old traditional herbal doctor in Taiwan. He was regarded as a national treasure because his level is very high. Many patients lined up for him to treat their illness.

However, instead of treating a lot of patients to make more money, he limited his patients to three a day. When he encounters an intractable disease, he will treat only that patient.

When he was asked by a reporter why he did not use his knowledge to treat more patients, he replied that he had limited energy, and he needed to concentrate in order to really treat a patient well. Focus on what he did was very important to him, for by focusing on only one patient would he do it well.

Thus, we should focus our time and energy on the key things in our life. Then we can truly improve the quality of our life. Away from the meaningless waste, our life can be full and happy. Human energy is limited. The more we use, the less we keep. Excessive dissipation of energy will accomplish nothing.

An old sage said: An upright attitude condenses life.

With the advance of technology and the widespread use of the mobile phone, many people live a fragmented life. When they have a little time, they would wipe out the phone and do something, and time slips through their fingers unknowingly, and a little bit of energy is wasted. When something really happens that needs their full attention, they could not get their spirits up to do the things right. They spend twice the effort to get only half of the result, and they end up with a mediocre life.

Do this. Uninstall those apps that you seldom use from your mobile phone, so that you can concentrate on one thing that is important to you. Then you will find out that you can get things done more efficiently this way.

Get yourself away from meaningless waste, life can then be full and happy.

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马晓山

Folks, that is all for now. If you think this article may be beneficial to your friends and loved-ones, feel free to forward this article to them. Life cultivation is mostly for older people with declining body health. If you are young and energetic, this may not be your cup of tea. However, if you have family members or friends who are middle-aged or older, they may want to practice life cultivation to maintain a life without pain or medication.

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