Our theme this month on the blog is Letting Go. Rather than filling our to-do lists with New Year's resolutions to do more, we've decided to first let go of things that no longer align with our purpose, and are exploring ways to do this. Join us on our journey and the worldwide movement of minimalism: making space for peace.
One way to approach this conscious letting go is to categorize the elements in our lives in terms of "fillers" versus "active ingredients." For example: no one likes to look at the back of a bottle of a product only to find that the truly nourishing ingredients, such as pure plant extracts or essential oils, only make up a tiny percentage of what's actually in the product, while the rest is make of chemical "fillers" which are of no benefit to skin. We don't have to settle for this kind of unnecessary excess in our skincare or in our lives. Let's use this analogy to consider the following areas:
---Our diet. What might happen if we made a conscious choice to pay close attention to how food makes us feel after eating, rather than focusing on what will make us "fat" or "thin," or bring momentary happiness to our tastebuds with a crash later? What if we took the time to research our body's nutritional needs and how the foods we eat impact both our bodies and our communities? It may help to see which foods are actually "active ingredients", giving us energy, stamina and vitality, and which ones are just "fillers"- giving a temporary feeling of satiety, but not really helping the body produce healthy cells or function well.
---Our schedule. What are we filling our time with that isn't actually benefiting us? Think of your monthly, weekly and even daily routines. During which parts of the day do you feel engaged and productive? During which parts do you feel bored or wish you were doing something else? Are there any things you're doing just because you feel others expect you to and may judge you if you don't? If so, these are "fillers"- they may add perceived value in the form of keeping you busy, but no real value in terms of moving you closer to your goals or helping you live in alignment with your values.
---Our words. Are we generating negative self-talk or participating in conversations that don't encourage us just to fill up the silence? Instead of going with the flow of aimless conversation, or worse, getting sucked into complaining or gossip, why not think of some intentional topics you could introduce that might inspire positivity or curiosity in others? Bring up an interesting documentary you watched over the weekend and ask if anyone's heard of it. Mention an art exhibit or concert you saw advertised and see if anyone anyone wants to attend. You may be surprised to discover common interests or fun new activities you can share with coworkers and friends when you take the time to season you conversation with more "active ingredients" like positivity and learning.
---Our media intake. Shows on TV, songs on the radio, sites in our Pinterest feed, etc. - how are these things impacting our mental state? Are they intentionally chosen and helpful to us in achieving our goals? Or are they just fillers, making us feel busier and more connected but not really reproducing any positive effects in our lives or relationships? I've noticed that TV is a big "filler" for me. It's there, in the background, filling my apartment with sound, color and movement- but is it one of the "active ingredients" that really enriches my life? Sometimes the answer is yes, but often the answer is no. Think about which forms of media inspire and motivate you, and which ones are just filling up your time.
---Our spending habits. Sometimes we purchase things just because, without intentionally planning for them or saving. Imagine what would happen if we honed our spending power to only invest in things that really enrich our lives and inspire us, and stopped buying "fillers" in the form of trinkets or gadgets we don't really end up using or loving. As a business that strives to curate only the best and purest products, we encourage all of our clients to spend mindfully, only purchasing what they will actually use and love.
Clean beauty and intentional living share this core principle: ditch the "fillers." Curate. Refine. Consider what's necessary, beneficial, and helpful while taking some time to evaluate in one of the areas above.
Are you ready to take steps to let go of some of the things that are just taking up space to make room for the "active ingredients" that truly nourish you? Share with us the comments how you approach making space for a vibrant life.