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meditation7Severe catch up for this goal...

For August 17:

1. 1 solar panel charger (sell)
2. 1 bluetooth headset
3-8: 6 permanent markers
9: 1 tiny screwdriver

For August 16:

1. 1 flashlight
2. 1 cell phone
3. 1 cell phone charger
4. 1 cell phone data cable
5. Padlock
6. Painter’s spatula
7. A lock pick
8. Another padlock
9. 1 stapler

For August 15:

1. The big box behind the chair (so I can put my clothes basket there instead)
2. A meditation stool (give away)
3. A wall map
4. 1 paior of earbuds
5. A bunch of pictures and plans from the beginning of the year
6-9: 3 workout shirts

For August 14:

1. a bunch of hexagonal tools that have been superseded by other stuff
2. a milk crate I once used and never do anymore
3. Color inkjet refill kit that I had for years. I only use black and white
4,5. 2 boxes of diskettes.
6. 1 memory chip from a computer I don’t own anymore
7. daytimer refill
8. 1 superglue package (return to the store)
9. 1 pair of headphones

For August 13:

1-3: A bunch of computer CDs to be destroyed
3-7: A bunch of computer CDs to be given away
8: Old memory for old laptops
9: 1 CD holder

For August 12:

1. 1 work-out shirt
2-5: 4 closet organizer thingies
6-7: 2 pairs of shoes
8: 3-to-2 electrical prong adapters (3)
9: 1 watch band

For August 11:

1. 1 old cleaning brush
2. 1 box of staples
3. boxes of pencil leads
4. Organizer box for screws
5. 1 accordion wallet
6-9: 3 memory cards and their cases 15 months ago


meditation7August 5-7 Items to give away

Uh-oh! I’ve fallen behind quite a bit in this month-long quest for clarity, simplicity and renewal. So, without further ado:

1. 1 Camera (won’t use it as much as my main one)
2. 1 clothes hamper (like it, but have another one)
3. 1 Book holder
4. 1 small white canvas bag
5. 1 USB drive, unopened (slate it for a gift in my gift box)
6. 1 unused pocket knife (give to a friend who likes these things)
7. 1 book
8. 1 quartz candle holder (slate it for birthday gift)
9. 1 Gift wrap (will get rid of all of it with the above presents

For the backlog:

August 6, 2013:

1. 1 USB Wifi Antenna (sell)
2. 1 mala bracelet
3. 1 pendant of some sort that I don’t know where it came from
4. 1 drawstring pouch
5-6. 2 donation envelopes (I kept them around till I was actually going to make the donations, and I did them and there, that gets rid of them. I won’t count the stamps…)
7. A ton of stuff to recycle from my memories box
8. A ton of stuff to scan and discard from my memories box
9. Labels and post office stuff to return

August 5, 2013:

1. 1 gift bag
2. 1 CD I bought impulsively
3. 1 postcard
4. 1 red ribbon (don’t know where it came from)
5. 1 Wrench (have other multi-tool now)
6. 1 glue stick
7-8. 2 lithographs
9. 1 foam cushioning thingie

Still need to catch up for August 4 and 3… meaning 27 more items tomorrow! :-) 15 months ago


meditation7i think we need to give people more lead time...

Sunday the 11th? 16 months ago


meditation7i think we need to give people more lead time...

Otherwise it won’t be a Seattle meet up so much as a two person meetup… What about next Sunday the 11 and changing the name of this goal to reflect that? 16 months ago


meditation7August 2 catch up (with August 1 items too)

August 2 catch up:

I’ve fallen off the bandwagon for the last few days as far as keeping up my daily 9-items to give away, so I’m looking to catch up today.

For today:

6 books to give away / drop off at half-price books
1 book to give as gift
1 new filler for a day-timer that I don’t use
1 set of vacation-planning books (give back)

For Yesterday

1 Unused electric toothbrush (sell)
1 unused travel waterpik / waterflosser (sell)
1 unused bicycle seat (sell)
2 pairs of Vibram five-finger shoes (sell)
1 bicycle panier (sell)
1 bicycle thingie-holder (sell or give away)
1 laptop computer (not using-give back to original owner)
1 laptop computer carrying bag (ditto) 16 months ago


meditation7August 2 catch up (with August 1 items too)

August 2 catch up:

I’ve fallen off the bandwagon for the last few days as far as keeping up my daily 9-items to give away, so I’m looking to catch up today.

For today:

6 books to give away / drop off at half-price books
1 book to give as gift
1 new filler for a day-timer that I don’t use
1 set of vacation-planning books (give back)

For Yesterday

1 Unused electric toothbrush (sell)
1 unused travel waterpik / waterflosser (sell)
1 unused bicycle seat (sell)
2 pairs of Vibram five-finger shoes (sell)
1 bicycle panier (sell)
1 bicycle thingie-holder (sell or give away)
1 laptop computer (not using-give back to original owner)
1 laptop computer carrying bag (ditto) 16 months ago


meditation7July 29 9 items:

3 books
5 cds
1 postcard

Arriving now at the point where difficult choices need to be made… It’s easy at first, but when I get nearer to the one-month mark is when I should really arrive at true simplification.

Why am I doing this, again?

Because as much enjoyment as there sometime is from owning things (or, more likely, acquiring things), I find for myself that there’s far more conscious living to be had in a sparser environment. It focuses me on the things that I’m really about… 16 months ago


meditation7Sunday, August 4...

... 4 pm, at the grounds of the MOHAI on the Southern tip of Lake Union? Is this time (and location) available to you, and are you feeling well enough for it? If no to any of these, would you suggest alternative days, times and locations? I’m one who thinks that sometimes it pays to seek out specificity or otherwise things don’t happen… :-) 16 months ago


meditation7July 28 items

1 tripop cell phone holder (cell phones are too large to fit it now)
1 book holder
1 bathroom wastebasket
1 flowerpot
1 unopened peanut butter jar (almond butter is what I consume now… return)
1 eyeglass case
1 booklet (scanned it and it can go to someone else)
1 bag of assorted odds-and-ends
1 the box that held the bag 16 months ago


meditation7Wow... what an ordeal...

... I’m so sorry! I’m glad you’re out and things are looking up. 16 months ago


meditation7July 27 9 items:

2 pairs of pants (return to the store)
1 bag of popcorn (return to the store)
1 short-sleeved shirt that’s virtually identical to another one I have
1 folding keyboard that I don’t use anymore
1 CD/software for the keyboard
1 Sound effects CD
1 CD drive replacement thingie for a laptop I no longer own (Why do I keep these things?) 16 months ago


meditation7First pass completed!

I’m eager to mark this goal complete, but I can only do so after a second pass to reduce the page count from 142 to 120. But this is so much easier and enjoyable now! 16 months ago


meditation7July 26 items

1 set of packets of soy miso soup (to food bank)
1 packet of dosa mix (food bank as well)
1 gag gift (return to store)
1 USB cable I don’t use anymore
1 highlighter
1 DVD film
1 mechanical pencil
1 pointer
1 PDA pen that I never use now that touchscreens are the norm 16 months ago


meditation7July 25 9 items

1 Pair of socks
1 reference dictionary I’ve never used
1 set of small lens cleaning bottles
1 travel bottle
1 enema bag (really! like, how did I wind up owning two of these?)
1 rugby shirt with a small stain I can never get out
1 spray bottle that I never use
1 pair of jeans that got discolored through a bleach accident
1 dead bamboo shoot and the vase it came in 16 months ago


meditation7Goal close to completed... page 136

Of course, this means goal close to completed… in the first pass-through. Second pass-through will be to condense and somehow trim out 20 or so pages, but that’s kind of the fun part and requires far less effort and thought than what I’m doing right now. But almost there. 16 months ago


meditation7July 24th 9 items:

1 garage door opener ordered by mistake
2 water bottles
1 pair of shorts
1 bowl (the other ones broke, and it’s a standalone now)
1 tube of sunscreen (I wear a hat, stay out of the sun, believe there’s evidence that skin cancer is actually caused by the carcinogenic chemicals in sunscreen)
1 Audio Adapter cable (tends to trigger the phone to hang up when I use it)
1 holder of a flower pot that I never use
1 pair of pants (return to the store) 16 months ago


meditation7July 23rd 9 items

3 things to return to the store
1 pair of black-out curtains that I never use (return to giver)
1 camera pouch (return)
1 hat I was given while traveling
1 extra neti pot (you don’t need 2, and you certainly can’t use 2 at once)
1 glass round thingie in the kitchen that I never use
1 kitchen towel I inherited and don’t care for 16 months ago


meditation79 items a day for 30 days

A friend also told me about a practice for clarity.

1. Pick a number between 1 and 10.

2. Write down something that you want to get clarity in your life about.

3. For the next 30 days, get rid each day of the number of things that you had in mind for step 1. (I picked 9!)

4. Clarity will accrue by day 30…

I started today. We’ll see how I am with 9×30=270 fewer items. For the first day, it was 2 pairs of shoes, 5 books and 2 magazines… 16 months ago


meditation7Happy people and laughing--

Those definitely belong in the list. Thanks for the reminder! :-) 16 months ago


meditation7I haven't been writing daily... but I'm still at page 128...

... and continuing. The days have been too beautiful to write, or me too distracted. But I keep coming back to it. It’s easier to stay motivated in the winter, but if I start early enough in the morning in those days in which my regular job doesn’t start early, I definitely get some progress. 16 months ago


meditation7I second TG's thoughts...

... and I love Enchanted April, by the way. :-) 16 months ago


meditation7Wow-these are very radical changes...

...I salute you for the courage to contemplate them! 16 months ago


meditation7Page 113...

... and shifting into high gear! 16 months ago


meditation7Writing and Yoga-ing are part of me regular life...

... and I’m fortunate to have two things that I love figure prominently in it. The “regular life” in the dream was an altered “regular life”... and I was either being confused with someone else or had done an unspecified something for which is was being sought.

Note to self: eating before bedtime will occasionally trigger dreams like this one… :-)

Congratulations on the changes you’re embarking on. 16 months ago


meditation7Cycling as a form of meditation...

... I like it, and I experience it that way too… (as I often experience my other forms of exercise). I like your blog entry and I’m basically doing what you advocate, except instead of addressing a specific problem, clearing my mind, and coming back to journal on it, I’m riding, sitting down, writing, and cycling back…

I’m still at the stage of enjoying very much how this feels in my body, too. :-)

Thanks for your suggestion! 16 months ago


meditation7Longevity: I think your self-awareness will go a long way...

... to getting you to 62 and beyond.

My father died shy of 62.

My mother died at 77; but I still think “how unfortunate” – she could’ve lived decades longer if she’d taken care of herself.

I doubt I have a complete list, but in my book, (at least as of these days) longevity includes…

1. Consistently sleeping well
2. Enjoyable exercise daily
3. Drinking a gallon or so of water a day
4. Leaving out all sugar and white flour and white rice from my diet (lots of label-reading to accomplish this…)

The list could go on endlessly, but these, to me, seem the essential prerequisites. Of course, a life of play, love, and discovery also helps…

But then again, based on your entries, I suspect none of this is new to you. I enjoy your entries and your insights. 16 months ago


meditation7Powerful words!

I share your sense of frustration at wanting to bring good things about in the world… and running into self-congratulatory foot-dragging. Would standing up in the midst of such a meeting and declaiming loudly exactly what you so eloquently wrote get anywhere or be an exercise in futility? Can the system even tolerate these outburst when you’re there in an official capacity, representing an organization, instead of expressing your views?

There exist others out there who share and implement your need for system, not cosmetic, change. Oxfam comes to mind.

Though now I cringe at the thought you’re about to burst the bubble for me on that one. :-)

Social evolution is so slow… 16 months ago


meditation7Congratulations... these are a lot of changes...

... Very inspiring to see them listed and digested the way you did. In the past, when I’ve gone through phases of similar changes, I also found it useful to add new, pleasurable things into my life. They helped to ground new routines and to add excitement into the sense of journey. Mind you, in the midst of this, it still felt like I was at sea with no idea where the shore was or when I’d arrive at it, but whenever I look back, I found those to be the most alive times in my life…

Many blessings to you on this journey… and be assured: the shore is there, even if you can’t see it, and someday you’ll look back on this phase as an exciting time in your life. 16 months ago


meditation7Page 104... I had a dream...

... that I was on the run from my regular life… and upon waking up and realizing this wasn’t the case, I felt grateful for the chance to keep on working on my projects. So I got up and wrote the next 4 pages… 16 months ago


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