It’s Time

Nothing like being scolded by a hippie-

The idea of acceptance, mindfulness, minimalism are so trendy of late. You can see this trend growing with the popularity of meditation/zen/whatever blog-o-posts, green this and green that folks, yoga-moms/dads from far and wide. You can read about it here, on this blog-o-thing if you pay attention for just a few weeks. People are being asked to come into better contact with the present; to be less attached, entangled by social media and humble; focusing more on purpose and meaning. All of these changes raise an interesting question (so I think).

Why now?

None of these topics and approaches to living authentically are new. Neither are single speed bikes, fedora’s, Pabst Blue Ribbon and black rimmed glasses for the sake of argument. Just like you, these ideals have been puttering along, kicking cans down the road for eons …

Why the sudden resurgence of popularity?

Hippies?!? New research studies and science!?! The inter-webz?!?

I suspect acceptance, mindfulness and minimalism are trending of late because normal folks are yearning for something remarkably simple right now: That acceptance, mindfulness and minimalism may help nourish and guide them in their busy lives.

How many of you read a yoga magazine while watching “reality” tv? Watch a streaming TV show while working on your computer? Heck, watch a TV while running on a treadmill even?!?

And what substance is in the gush of media and connectivity we have unleashed on ourselves? Everything imaginable in the world is available, for us to consume, all at one time. Although if you slow life down and actually seek? Through seeking you will discover the images of courage, bravery, unconditional love and connection that surround us are simply being overwhelmed by the pain and judgment we stream into our minds endlessly.

Acceptance, mindfulness and minimalismΒ are immensely important right now for a simple reason. In order for us to prosper inside this modern bubble, that each one of us have created. We need to learn how to relate to our own minds in a different way. There is no retreating, unplugging or escaping … I implore you to move forward in life, just in a slightly different way.

Notes:

I’m not leaving until you surrender, peacefully.

CultFit SWAT

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16 Comments on “It’s Time”

  1. I think you’re right — mindfulness and minimalism are trending (in part) because we’re seeking simplicity, and something to anchor us in our daily lives. I wonder too if the over 40 set (like me!) aren’t also feeling a little nostalgic for our childhoods. I have such happy memories of daily yoga practice with my childhood babysitter!

    • CultFit says:

      I believe you are on to something here, like yourself I yearn for the days of simple childhood experiences. It should also be noted that all the “cool kids” today are on the brighter side of 40 years old πŸ™‚ We intimately know what life was like before the webz and colour TV. Be inspired today and please take care!

  2. mariavlong says:

    That piece of art work is truly great, because it is terrifying. Source please?

  3. I love this… Most of all I just feel like we need to stop and slow down every once and awhile. I am truly trying to unplug at times and just be in the moment. Unfortunately it can be a lot easier said than done. Thanks for the post!

    • CultFit says:

      I guess you could say that I am a realist as well as a minimalist πŸ™‚ Having spent almost three years between Iraq and Afghanistan, I was afforded the chance to really disconnect and unplug. It is near impossible to do the same back here at home πŸ™‚
      Thank you for stopping over today, take care and be well!

  4. Love this post! As a minimalist, you get a hearty AMEN from me!

    • CultFit says:

      I had the pleasure to speak with Timber Hawkeye about this very topic last Friday night at his book signing in town. Needless to say I am rather passionate about this. πŸ™‚ As always Laurie it truly is a pleasure having you over for a visit πŸ™‚

  5. set2sit says:

    It’s the age of Aquarius my dear, the age of awareness. πŸ™‚ xo ~be here now~

  6. simplyenjoy says:

    Yep yep yep there’s really nothing new under the Sun. I believe we like to reinvent the wheel. Simple is just easy, for me, anyway.

    • CultFit says:

      Thinking about wheels for a minute, I feel there are a few changes that could be made … πŸ˜‰
      I have a really long draft written that explores the idea that we as a culture have become stagnant of late, I’ll have to dust it off and publish it here one of these days. Be inspired and please be well today. πŸ™‚

  7. binvested says:

    I get it. Learning to get your zen on even though you’re immersed in chaos. Great message.


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