Mindfulness and decluttering in African culture
These are aspects in life that are easier said than done, though they are very vital to the well-being of that person who understands them and puts them into practice!
Mindfulness to start with is the art of learning to focus on the now (moving with the flow) and leave the past in the past and what the future holds for tomorrow.
Mindfulness is a natural quality that we all have at every moment if we only take the time to harness it. And when we practice mindfulness, we practice the art of creating space for ourselves, space to think, breathe, space between ourselves and our reactions to daily situations. I would like to give some simple basics of how to practice mindfulness:
- Find a place where to sit that feels calm and quiet to you.
- Set a time limit, it can range from 5-10 minutes and you can adjust as you master the art.
- Notice your body, by this I mean make sure your stable and, in a position, you can stay for the time you set for your practice.
- Follow the sensation of your in and out breath.
- When your mind has wondered and you notice; in a few seconds, minutes, or so, simply return your focus to the breath.
- Be kind to your wandering, mind it seems like our minds are wired to get carried away in thought. That’s the reason mindfulness is practiced returning again and again to the breath. We use the sensation of the breath as an anchor to the present moment.
With the above simple steps one can practice mindfulness and reap its benefits that are numerous and vary from one individual to another.
On the other hand, Decluttering is a way of clearing your space and get rid of all those things you may not be needing in the moment or stuff that is useless.
In Africa we have a common tendency of holding onto things that we actually no longer use or need, hence having that old energy surrounding us all the time, but if only we could learn how to declutter and get rid of all stuff we do not need for example old clothes, shoes gadgets that would pave way for new things hence new energy and advancement in our daily lives! It`s a concept many Africans do not understand yet.
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