A Minimalistic Life III

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.

However, 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?

马晓山

04 Financial Minimalism

As practitioners of life cultivation, we insist on keeping a record of our expenses. We try to keep our income and expenditures in check. We will be wary of consumerism and put our money where it is needed.

Financial simplicity is not about being a miser. It is about being financially free. We should not worry about buying the necessary things. We will buy them when we need them. On the other hand, we are not envious of things we should not buy. We will not play the game of keeping up with the Joneses. Instead, we will keep our pockets in check, and we will not be vain.

To live a day by instigating and instigating is being enslaved by money. Buying expensive things and unable to make ends meet, we will also be enslaved by money. The real financial freedom is not two houses in a big city and a deposit of twenty million in the bank. Rather, one’s desires are less than one’s income.

Live within your means, do not let yourself be too fussy about money, and do not be too arrogant.

Reduce your energy on chasing money and spend your life on the things that really matter. Such people will then have the freedom to control their destiny whenever and wherever they are.

05 Emotional Minimalism

Keep calm and stop mental internal friction. Do what you have decided. Beat anxiety with action.

Everyone has emotions. Good emotions are encouragement and bad emotions are warnings. They are signals for us to take action, not for immersing ourselves in pity and wasting our energy.

It is always action that defeats a bad emotion. A student once called his teacher in the middle of the night. He said he was in a bad mood and asked for advice. The teacher gave him a task to do right away.

The teacher told the student that his lecture the day after tomorrow will require a document with two thousand words in it, and the student will help him to prepare it by tomorrow. The student was a bit baffled, but did it anyway.

The next day at nine o’clock in the evening, the student turned in the work requested by the teacher. The teacher could see that the student was obviously in a better mood. Then the teacher told the student:

When you are in a bad mood, do something. When you are busy doing something, you will not be in a bad mood.

Instead of indulging in bad emotions and constantly torturing yourself, it is better to find something for yourself to do.

Instead of saying a thousand words or ten thousand words, it is far better to just do it.

Only by taking action can we defeat anxiety and defeat bad emotions.

马晓山

Call to Action

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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