A Minimalistic Life V

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. It is that simple.

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?

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08 Attitude Minimalism

Let go of the past and let bygone be bygone. Live firmly in the present, and do not worry too much about the future.

There is a story in a book titled Liezi more than a thousand years ago.

There was a man in Qi country, so we called him the Qi Person. The Qi Person personally worried that the sky would collapse and the ground would sink, that he had no safe place to live. As a result of his worry, he could not sleep or eat well. The mental burden made him restless all day, and the days became more and more difficult for him.

Later people used the term Qi Person worried about the sky to describe unfounded worries and anxieties.

No love for the past. No confusion for the present. No welcome for the future.

No nostalgia for the past. No longing for the future. Focus on the present and live for the moment. Only in this way can we live our best in this complicated life.

09 Goal Minimalism

Keep your feet on the ground and do not set your goals too high. Do not have more than three annual goals. Learn how to divide tasks.

There are very few things we can complete in life. If we set too many goals and our energy is too scattered, we may not be able to accomplish any of them.

Zeng Guofan was a very famous general and scholar and high government official in the Qing Dynasty.

Zeng Guofan’s younger brother once served as the commander of the Hunan provincial Army. He always felt that he was not a scholar like his brother, and he felt inferior. So he wanted to prepare for the scholar exam and lead the army at the same time.

Zeng Guofan decisively rejected him: you can either lead the army or take the exam, you can only choose one.

Life is often an art of choice. If we choose one, we must give up the other.

We are not gods and have limited time and energy. Instead of becoming a jack of all trades, it is better to do one particular task the right way. After all, it is not easy to do one thing well in a lifetime.

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Crossing the river, there are thousands of hibiscus.

Xi Murong

A poem is simple. Our hearts are simple. Life is short, and we can accommodate only a few things.

Learn to clean up our luggage, carry lightly and simply, and then our life can move forward better.

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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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