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One of my favorite things about summer is that it’s officially yard sale season. There’s nothing quite like organizing and tossing long forgotten items to make one wonder, “why do I have so much stuff”, or “why did I even buy this in the first place??” Applying principles of mindfulness to spending can help to avoid these common thoughts, and as an added bonus, can help us feel goodabout purchases. But first, what is mindfulness?
According to Jon Kabat-Zinn, mindfulness is “awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.” Being mindful of your spending can mean choosing to spend more on high-quality, well-crafted items that support your community, or choosing not to spend money at all. When you apply mindfulness to spending, consider each dollar as an extension of your values – create an individual economy that focuses on what youlove, not what society tells you what you should love.
Here are some ideas to start experiencing less “why do I have so much stuff” thoughts, and enjoying more mindful money moments:
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