30 items of clothing, 8 pairs of shoes, 2 bags
How can owning less make me feel like I have more?
When I think about my habits in the past, I think that many of them came from a place of ‘lack’. Somehow, through downsizing my belongings over the last couple years, I have started feeling a sense of abundance.
I hate to feel like I’m preaching, but in all sincerity, my life has felt a lot richer since I began minimising.
Perhaps spending less time with things has given me the space to notice the rest of the world. Maybe I’ve just been using my time differently. Either way, today I want to talk about some ways I have been cultivating a sense of abundance.
1. Be in the moment. This sounds so easy, and yet it is so unattainable. I have often struggled with presence. The only way I have found to feel more of it is to practice it. I have been teaching myself to observe my thoughts and when I find them drifting, I try to pull them back to observing the present moment.
2. Connect with nature. I’ve always loved the outdoors, but these days I’m obsessed. Getting away from the city and into nature is an excellent way to experience abundance. Nature is always in the process of change and growth.
3. Plant an edible plant. Planting a seed and nurturing it while it grows is another excellent way to observe the abundance of our world in action. In addition, being able to grow something you can eat is an excellent metaphor for your own potential.
4. Reduce waste, recycle, compost. Downsizing my belongings has made me much more aware of waste. Thinking more about the waste I produce correlates with appreciating the things I do have more.
5. Embrace change. Change is the nature of the universe. Everything changes eventually, but for a lot of us, change can be stressful. I have learnt to accept that change is inevitable and to see opportunity in the unknown.
I hope you enjoyed this post. Below is a video on the topic of abundance. Check out my YouTube channel for new minimalist videos every week, my Instagram account for outfits, and my Facebook account for minimalist resources and updates. I also have a Patreon account where for a small donation you can view additional content.