Minimalist mindset

2018-01-14 Mindset 3

When I was home in Dublin just before Christmas, I overheard a couple of people speaking Irish. This doesn’t happen very often anymore and I love to hear it.

I was reminded of a lovely quirk of the Irish language which implies how quickly emotions can pass. The Irish for ‘I am happy’ is ‘tá áthas orm’. The literal translation is ‘there is happiness upon me’. By the same token, ‘I am sad’ is ‘tá brón orm’, ‘there is sadness upon me’.

What I love about this, is the implication that these feelings are fleeting. Rather than a definitive ‘I am sad’, there is a suggestion that while there might be a feeling of sadness for now, it could change quickly and easily. You are not forever attached to a particular emotion. The sadness or the happiness could quickly move on elsewhere!

Not that I particularly want happiness to be short-lived but no emotion lasts forever!

I want to use this mindset on my journey to simplicity.

I may like something or even feel a strong attachment to it, whether this is an item of clothing or a kitchen appliance. But I would prefer that my liking or attachment has shallow, rather than deep roots.

They’re just things, that should undoubtedly bring value to my life.

But not define it.

I am not my possessions. I want to let go a bit more.

I like the idea that letting go of a ‘thing’ makes room for something more valuable. Or just reducing attachment for a ‘thing’ could be a step in the right direction.

If I’m less attached, then I can see what is truly important.

Deireadh seachtaine deas agaibh! (Have a great week) 🙂

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  9 comments for “Minimalist mindset

  1. January 15, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    I used to read about minimalists being “detached” from their belongings and wondering why anyone would want that. Now that I’m starting to feel it myself, I understand how powerful that is. When my favorite plate broke, I didn’t get upset about it. I just moved on and continued enjoying my evening. Emotions are fleeting. The things that matter stick around far longer than that.

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    • January 15, 2018 at 5:49 pm

      Hi Steph, I used to think that detachment was a cold sort of emotion and wasn’t drawn to it at all. But there is something so refreshing about not letting a broken plate, even a favourite, ruin your day. It’s a type of freedom I had never considered previously! Lxxx

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  2. January 14, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    I love how knowing different languages can really change the perception of life. You begin to think of things a little differently. This is a perfect example of it!
    I loved this post Lorraine it was definitely inspiring!

    I hope you are having a wonderful start to the new year! Talk soon!

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    • January 14, 2018 at 9:44 pm

      Hi Jennifer, thank you so much for your lovely comment. These little linguistic differences are so interesting, I find. Different perspectives can add some ‘elegance’ to our lives!! Lxxx


  3. January 14, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    What a wonderful quirk of the Irish language! This mindset of non-attachment reminds me of the Buddhist philosophy and the practice of mindfulness. I have been exploring mindfulness meditation lately as a way of reducing stress and promoting self-esteem, but I can definitely see how it overlaps with minimalism. I love that mindfulness reminds us to stay in the present moment and therefore allows us to mentally detach from our possessions and a whole range of other external factors that so often define us in this image- and consumption-driven society. Hope your 2018 is off to a great start! 🙂

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    • January 14, 2018 at 9:34 pm

      Hi Lisa, do you know, I hadn’t made the connection between this and mindfulness but you’re absolutely right! One of my goals for this year is to find out more about mindfulness, especially as you say, with its overlap with minimalism. I’ve started to read Dan Harris’s book on meditation called ‘10% Happier’, so looking forward to that. Thanks so much for your comment, Lxx

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      • January 15, 2018 at 1:58 am

        I’ve just added the Dan Harris book to my to-read list, so thanks for that! I’ve been on a roll lately when it comes to personal development/self-help reading, so I think that will be a great addition to my list. Cheers for a mindful year ahead 🙂

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  4. littleblackdomicile
    January 14, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    Certainly something to think about. I can’t think of too many “things” I am attached to as in couldn’t live without or replace if lost. However, I learn everyday how much I am attached to allowing time to think. There is so much to learn and so many ways to easily gain info now. I cherish the hours I can spend exploring!-Laurel

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    • January 14, 2018 at 9:14 pm

      Very insightful, Laurel. No ‘thing’ can be as valuable as time!! Lxx


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