“The world went and got itself in a big damn hurry.”
Well the above statement is certainly true. And I don’t see the world slowing down anytime soon. But maybe we as people can learn to slow down and living a more simple life. But what does simple living mean?
Simple living or voluntary simplicity encompasses a number of different voluntary practices to simplify one’s lifestyle. These may include reducing one’s possessions, generally referred to as minimalism, or increasing self-sufficiency, for example. Simple living may be characterized by individuals being satisfied with what they have rather than want.
Do you feel that you need to simplify your life? Do you want a better work-life balance? More connection with family and friends? More time for yourself? Spirituality? Less stress?
Are you actually living or merely existing?
Living a Minimalist Lifestyle
I have chosen to live a more minimalist lifestyle. This is certainly not to suggest that I lead some kind of monk like existence(although that may not be a bad thing!). I have stuff. I drive a car and own a television(although I draw the line on wasting money on cable).
I strive to live a life uncluttered by most of the things people fill their lives with, and in turn am left with space for what really matters. A life that isn’t constant busy-ness and rushing, but contemplation and creation, connection with people I love and time for nature and activity.
By living simply I tend to enjoy the moment more, and therefore I am striving to lead a happier and healthier life.
Observations On Living A Simple Life
- Decluttering your home and work space can lead to a less cluttered mind. These visual distractions pull on us in more ways than we realize.
- A quiet unrushed morning is a thing to treasure. I plan the next day the night before and I wake early so that I have some quiet time to read, write, meditate.
- You can’t have a simple life if you’re unwilling to let go of what you’re used to.
- Letting go can be difficult, but is easier if you do a one-month challenge. Let go of something for a month and see whether you like it or not.
- Letting go of cable TV was one of the best things I have done — no more constant television in my home, no more ads for crappy things we don’t need. I still watch shows and sports but for free online
- Shopping isn’t therapy. It’s a waste of time and money.
- If you’re filling your life with distractions, its probably because you’re afraid of what life would be like without constant Internet, social media, news, TV, games, snacks.
- Simple, whole, healthy food is not only much healthier than junk food: it’s a pleasure.
- You have to make time for what’s important: time with your kids, time with your spouse, time for creating, time for exercise. Push everything else aside to make time.
- Overcommitting is the biggest sin against simple living most people make.
- I live a pretty unique life. I substitute teach and I have a small side hustle. This provides more than enough income for my simple life. I can also do some amazing solo traveling during the year. If I can do this, you can do this!
- I have certain activities I do almost every day, though not on a schedule: writing, reading, eating healthy meals, doing a workout, going for a walk or hike with my friends.
- It’s easy to fill up our lives because there are so many things that sound amazing. We hear about what others are doing and instantly want to add that to our lives. But it’s harder to remember that by adding so many things to our lives, we are subtracting space. And that space is important.
- By saying no to things that sound really cool, I’m saying yes to what’s truly important to me.
- Distractions are both more tempting and more destructive than we realize.
- It’s tempting to fill in every little minute of the day with productivity or distractions. Don’t. Leave some emptiness.
- We put too much emphasis on excitement. It’s temporary, and not important.
- It is okay to be “bored”.
- We overemphasize productivity. Focus, priorities and effectiveness are more important. So is a nice walk with a loved one.
- If you can’t learn to sit in a quiet room alone with no distractions, you won’t be able to simplify.
- Buying things doesn’t solve our problems. Neither does food.
- It’s not how few things we own that matters. It’s whether we make those things count.
- It’s better to have six books on your shelf that you’re really going to read than a hundred you never get around to.
- When you travel lightly, you’re freer, less burdened, less tired. This applies to life, not just travel.
- Your attention is your most valuable possession. Give it as a gift to the people you love most, not a bunch of clowns on the Internet. Give it to the work that matters most, not distractions.
- Sometimes distractions are nice.
- There might not be anything better than time spent outside.
‘Let’s begin by taking a smallish nap or two.’~Winnie the Pooh
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