I’ve conducted several life experiments over the years and I enjoy the process of designing and carrying them out. I always learn more about myself in the process.
Like the time I decided to examine every belief I ever held in order to arrive at what I actually could believe in.
In that experiment, that I chronicled in my book The Practical Buddhist, I determined that my old beliefs—ideas or traditions that relied on me to buy into another’s version of truth or reality—weren’t valid. Today, I live without any beliefs and feel I am much better off for having conducted the experiment.
When it comes to living with less, I’ve experimented with having only four cups, four bowls, and four plates. Although I have a little more than four of each now, I’m not sure why. (Note to self: minimize dishes again.)
I’ve experimented with traveling with only a backpack for a month at a time, as well as only having a motorcycle for transportation.
Life experiments are fun and they tend to reveal something about me and that’s always useful for future growth.
The Five Black Shirts Experiment
In this experiment, I’m replacing my wardrobe, as minimal as it is already, with five black dress shirts (for work, dates, etc.), five black pants, and five black t-shirts (for casual wear, weekends, workouts, etc.) [Read more…]