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[Video] Thoughts right after 6-day silent meditation retreat at Dipabhāvan

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Book review: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō
Given that much of the KonMari method has already entered the public consciousness, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed reading this book. Although I had expected it to serve as a how-to or even self-help book, I found a lot of value in taking it as a philosophical text. Kondō makes insightful points on materialism and presents a novel (to me) perspective on the purpose of tidying/maintaining tidiness. It can be tempting to view some of the practices she advocates, like asking whether or not things spark joy or thanking your belongings, as silly—hence the memes—but taking them in the overall context of the book reveals a fresh philosophy on how we can relate to our environment.
What is the purpose of tidiness? And of the objects that we surround ourselves with? In 1927, Le Corbusier answered, "A house is a machine for living in." Even before I first hear…