So, 2017 is just around the corner, and I am hoping for a new year full of meaningful connections and experiences. For this to happen, I will become consciously mindful of what enters and exits through my door.
In 2015, my partner Angus and I had the incredible chance of walking the Camino de Santiago. We walked 780 kilometres, from Pamplona to Santiago de Compostela, in 31 days. We carried only essentials on our backs and lived very simply.
When we returned home, we were struck by the mountain of possessions; many of them hardly ever used, that we had accumulated over the years. We rented a skip and began to triage and clear things out.
It felt incredibly good. With every nook emptied of detrius, I gained a feeling of mounting freedom.
As time progressed, life took over and we fell back into our usual habits. We bought more stuff; some we needed and some we really didn't. Before we knew it, the lessons about resilience, gratefulness and simplicity that we had learned on The Camino gradually faded away.
This holiday season and all the seemingly unavoidable buying frenzy has rekindled my desire to return to that mindfulness.
in 2017, Angus and I are embarking on a year of mindfulness. This means that we are going to try very hard to not buy into the ever pervasive commercialization that surrounds us. For the last couple of years, I have found it increasingly difficult to buy anything with a good conscience. Issues from child labour to environmental destruction haunt every purchase. We will still be part of consumerism; we need to buy food and pay our utility bills, but we will endeavour to stop at these essentials. We have had many discussions about this and we feel that there is no better time to begin than now.
I will endeavor to blog about the experience. If you're interested in following along, you can read my posts here, and send along encouragement. We'll needs lots of in it order not to fall back on old ways. Wish us luck.