Mindfulness: A Manifesto


Do the following frequently.


On Happiness

Smile. Laugh. Find a way to make yourself your happiest.  Do things purely because they make you happy. Have fun. If you aren't having fun, move on. Think of one reason every day of why you're happy to be alive. Wear fancy clothes for no special reason, other than that you have them in your closet - and they make you feel good. Be honest to yourself. Tell yourself only truths. Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long, but in the end it's only with yourself. Eat more vegetables. Drink more water. Go to sleep earlier; wake up earlier.

On Growth

Don't worry about your future. Don't worry about your past. Don't worry. Adapt, change, move on. Do more things that scare you. Become comfortable with being anxious. Allow events to change you. You must be willing to grow. Talk less; listen more. Be modest. Be a little spontaneous. Go out on a limb once in a while. Go on more adventures. (Down to the corner store, if you must. Get out. Explore.) 

On Dreams & Goals

Dream big. Have a goal for your whole life, a goal for one section of your life, a goal for a shorter period and a goal for the year; a goal for every month, a goal for every week, a goal for every day, a goal for every hour and for every minute, and sacrifice the lesser goal to the greater.

On Working

Work hard.  Make moves towards your dreams and goals every. single. day. Love your experiments. Collaborate more often. Write your ideas down; don't think about it too much. Edit later; but make sure to edit. Keep a sketchbook handy. Do things in your own time. Your time will come. Don't rush things; keep a natural pace. Realize that every drawback and frustration along the way is part of the process and will eventually lead to your end result (whatever that may be).

On Relationships

Take every opportunity to learn all you can from those who surround you. Ask questions and take down mental (or actual) notes. Call family members and close friends more often. Send lots of handwritten letters. Emails work, too. Don't be reckless with other people's hearts. Make a conscious effort to be your true self when with others (and if you aren't being yourself, ask why). 

On Having Less & Becoming More

Collect experiences, not things. Make a valid effort to realize that money is only valuable because we choose to believe so. That new sweater isn't going to make you a happier human. Simplify & take only what you need. Do a spring cleaning every 2 months and gift, donate, recycle, and purge as needed.


NOTE: Certain listed items are from various authors including Mary Schmich (Everybody's Free To Wear Sunscreen), Bruce Mao (Incomplete Manifesto), Women In Business (Manifesto), Lululemon (Manifesto), and Leo Tolstoy (Rules for Life).