“I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, […] I did not wish to live what was not life […] I say let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand […] simplify, simplify, simplify.” Henry David Thoreau
This process is about clearing space. Think of it as "freeing up hardware space" to be able to install new stuff, or, for those of us who might prefer more analog metaphors, as clearing the weeds to be able to plant new crops.
These sessions have two purposes:
The first part of this work is to free the system from the overwhelm of worries, tasks, unfinished business and memories, that keeps it in that state of “I need to get this done”, “I don’t know where to start”, or “Once I finish this, then…”, unintentionally addicted to “busy”. We can turn down the volume to listen to what is authentic and meaningful in ourselves.
This part is about untying the knots of complexities that prevent us from relaxing into a state of presence… it is a sort of “un-fogging”, a jump start into decluttering activities, experiences, things, tasks, screen time, personal improvement plans… all sorts of the unnecessary hoardings we deal with in this time in age. It is meant to disentangle the accumulated impressions that do not allow us to connect with what is authentic and essential for us.
As I see it, authenticity is not a fixed state, it is not an “essential I” that suddenly appears when the clutter is removed, but… we do have a compass, a state of being when things just feel true and right, when there is a certain coherence between what we are thinking, saying and doing… and between our calendars and our heartfelt intentions.
The second part of this work is to find concrete ways to align your daily life (one day at a time...week by week), in a way that allows space for your deepest callings for your time in this world.
The sessions are based on practices and approaches spanning from Zen to Mari Kondo, from guidelines by the Stanford Internet Observatory and the Centre for Humane Technology to Sufi songs, from the latest insights in practical minimalism and applied simplicity to staring at a candle in the ancient kasina practice.