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The Art of Decluttering: Wisdom from a monk and nature

Nature has eloquently conveyed its autumnal beauty through vibrant colors. Several trees lining my street are undergoing a delightful transformation, presenting a spectacle that brings joy with each passing day.

The fallen leaves, to me, symbolize not just the conclusion of one season but also the promise of another. As they gracefully descend, they offer warmth to the roots, preparing them for the resurgence of life in the coming spring. Eventually, these leaves return to the earth, contributing to the nourishment of the ecosystem.

In addition to their natural cycle, fallen leaves embody the idea of excess - representing outdated thoughts, past experiences, or unnecessary burdens. Autumn serves as a timely reminder to shed these burdens, clearing the path for new beginnings.

The other day, I was watching a YouTube and was listening to a Japanese monk at a temple shares his wisdom. He discussed the significance of tending to the temple garden and grounds on a daily basis. Despite our best efforts to keep it tidy every day, dust and fallen leaves inevitably gather again overnight. The monk drew a parallel to our minds, which accumulate various thoughts each day. Just as regular cleaning is essential for maintaining the cleanliness of the temple, he emphasized the importance of regular mental cleansing to purify the mind and body.

Since then, whenever I notice fallen leaves, I use it as a prompt to declutter my mind, making room for fresh ideas and perspectives.

Truly, nature is a wise teacher, offering valuable lessons on embracing change and living a more mindful, fulfilling life !

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