Minimalism – Ch. 1 – Part 4 – Jade

For past viewers, welcome back to Cerulescence.

For new guests, welcome to the home of Cerulescence.

Currently, the team is reviewing the book, goodbye, things: The New Japanese Minimalism by Fumio Sasaki. We hope to learn from his experiences and apply minimalism to our lives.

I have been working on reducing my email inbox, something Blue thinks is supremely funny. It is no joke. I hate emails. I hate getting them. I hate having so many. I hate all the spam. Imagine to my surprise when I suddenly had over 5,000 emails in my inbox.

I try to report each post on how many emails I have gotten rid of, but I am currently dog-sitting and my file for blog planning is on my home desktop. So, I have no numbers today. I am without today. You all are just stuck with what I can remember from the end of the last chapter.

What stood out to me the most is the idea that humans are a computer. We are programmed with needs, and also with desires. The needs come naturally, things like food and water, an attempt to reach a biological homeostasis. The desires are something else. The want for wealth, status, and possessions. There’s a reason they came up with the terms nature versus nurture.

How did we choose what we wanted out of life? Nature teaches us how to survive, nurture how to get more out of it.

It is something to consider for those who have children. Something to consider for those who are children. It’s a mixture of living by choice and from examples. How much do we allow ourselves to take in, to learn from? And, how much do we block ourselves from?

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“Face Off” Season 10 – Speak no Evil, See no Evil, Hear no Evil concept design. Source 

They say be careful what you watch, what you read. Discern the intake of your mind so as to control the output. You can’t unlearn something, as much as you can’t send a river flowing in the opposite direction.

It shows that a change of lifestyle can be difficult. We are programmed naturally and through maturation as to what our life looks like. It is only natural that a change in lifestyle comes with strain.

Why are diets so difficult? Why do we have detox diets that make us as cranky as bears? Because the change offended the natural order we established. Because our body had developed needs for the types of food we were consuming. Changing your lifestyle, whether through diet, organizational habits, or our buying sprees is going to be difficult. No wiggling away from that.

Oh, and that message is directed at Blue and her plan to overcome writing procrastination. Good luck, Blue.

Till next time,

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Jade Rivers

Tune in next week for chapter two of goodbye, things: The New Japanese Minimalism by Fumio Sasaki.

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