Minimalist Living: The Path

two-cabins“If you get far enough away you’ll be on your way back home.” – Tom Waits

Sometimes you have to go away in order to come back. Accordingly, I am moving back to California. It’s been almost eight years since I lived in California. My honey and I will be living in a little cabin in Cazadero, California (about three hours outside SF) for six months. The pacific ocean will be just a short thirty minute walk from the center, and I can’t wait to get reacquainted. I guess it’ll be like an updated version of the whole Thoreau thing… with wifi.

To get what you want you must be willing to take action, and you must be willing to do the work.

These days I have little desire for material possessions, but I do have the desire to feel purposeful and successful. Success for me isn’t determined by money or status or possessions, but rather by happiness and growth. My first year back in the US had very little of either. I wasn’t miserable, but I wasn’t happy either. Living in Austin was pretty depressing. I don’t own a car, so I had a severe lack of personal freedom. I had a great job and met some nice people, but I felt like I had done it before. It was no different than living in L.A. – Austin was stagnant and it made me feel stagnant. I want to live and work in a place that makes me feel happy. I want to contribute to more than just the traffic. I want to create more and consume less. Doing that will take real work.

cazadero_vacation_map2014 will be an awesome year. The first six months I will be learning about Tibetan yoga and meditation. I will be taking classes in the mornings and evenings. The classes are focused on work, developing inner potential, and filling my life with satisfying accomplishments rather than material possessions.(Topics include time, awareness, concentration, and energy, working with resistance and resentment and more.) I can’t wait. I’ll be eating vegetarian meals six days a week, and working six days a week as well. I am excited to switch gears and start a new, healthier chapter of my life.

Whenever we fail to make a decision we fail to grow.

I made the decision to change my life again because I don’t want to look back and say, “Wow, I let a lot of amazing opportunities pass me by while I watched TV and worked for someone else.” I don’t want to just hear about fascinating people and places – I want to experience them first hand. I want to lead a life that is more focused and active than what I found in Texas. I want my body to be something more than something I look at in the mirror. I want to be strong inside and out. I want to use my mind and my body for creative and fun things like running and jumping, and painting and writing. I’m ready to jump in feet first yet again.

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