If I don’t Need it Throw it out!

Things+Organised+Neatly+2_largeAs a meditator I just love throwing stuff out! I get much more joy out of organizing disorderly things for some reason.

Most of my life I’d felt stressed for time, and I couldn’t put my creative thoughts on a schedule. If an insight came to mind in the middle of the night or when I was tending another responsibility I’d frantically jot it down on the closest scrap of paper, and those little papers would add up! Similarly, I would group my reference material messily per project rather than per category; this didn’t make it easy for me to find things or use them again later. I know that conscientiousness and organization are attractive qualities, especially to employers, but they just didn’t fit with my fragmented way of being.

Since becoming a meditator I’ve been gravitating more and more towards minimalism. Part of that is because I was living out of a suitcase for 6 months (also a result of vipassana) which forced to me take inventory every time I left a destination; however, once I felt the lightness, I fell in love! If I don’t even recall half of what those clutter clusters are, its pretty obvious I can live without them, in my computer, in my wardrobe, in my notes.

Instead of feeling like I’m wasting time by sorting and minimizing, maintenance is actually starting to generate satisfaction! It feels as though I’m shaving off impurities of my external mind. Of course, giving things away is always better than throwing them away, if they happen to be of useful things!

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About Ryan Shelton

While I'm currently married to a beautiful woman while teaching physics at Padua Academy, these descriptors fail to capture the totality of my adventurous life. I have hiked over 1700 miles, traveled to 5 continents, managed a bakery, started a meditation center, counseled troubled teens, attended Duke, UNC, and Harvard, protected forests as a wildland firefighter, volunteered thousands of hours with Americorps, rafted the Grand Canyon, SCUBA dived on the Great Barrier Reef, and continues to find new adventures. I hope my writing encourages you to pursue your dreams and be the best version of yourself while supporting your communities to work together to solve the current challenges in our world.

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