How can you make the most of each day? What steps can you take to make each day good and productive?
How do you stop making things so complicated? Most things are simpler than they appear. We don’t always see this because…
The human brain is a stimulation hog. It likes being busy.
The brain keeps busy by understanding, solving, deciding, debating, arguing, influencing, growing, opine-ing or whining. It’s always working.
This means that even if something is simple, our brain concludes that it can’t be that simple and proceeds to make it much more complicated (more stimulation).
It does this so that we can tell ourselves and prove to ourselves that it really was complicated – even though it was really simple.
The brain’s hunger for stimulation is why
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Here are some important questions about money to ask yourself. I am trying to make this my Depth Year of Personal Finance and even though I am a minimalist and I think I am frugal I still have work to do. There are areas in which I can improve with my personal finances and spending.
You can curse the darkness, but the darkness will remain, and your breath will have been wasted. Or, you can look for the good, and in so doing, begin to push the darkness away.
Our lives get filled with clutter not instantly but slowly, one gift or purchase at a time. So slowly that it’s difficult to even notice the clutter creep happening. But it does happen, even to the most devoted of minimalists. If we’re not ever vigilant, clutter rises like a slow never-ebbing tide.
If you want to simplify your life one of the best things you can do is reduce the amount of time you spend looking at a screen. The statistics on how much time people spend looking at a screen are scary. Apparently we now spend over 10 hours a day doing this.
When we begin to simplify and declutter our lives, often it’s because we long for some kind of peace, some space, some relief from the chaos and all the bullshit that seems to be going on around us. And it can lead to some serious personal growth.
Very timely. Just be still. Self compassion and mindful meditation
“I am enough just as I am.”
It is not in my nature to be still. If there is a current, I will push against it. When my body fails me, my mind is churning. Emotionally, I am in a constant state of restlessness. Stillness does not come naturally.
And yet, when I take time to calm the body, release the mind, and breath through emotions, I can enter into a deep and restorative state.
So why don’t I do it more often? What am I afraid of? And is it fear, or is there something there in the depths of my soul that I cannot allow myself to touch/ reveal? Is it a sense of unworthiness that holds me back?
When the world feels like it is crashing down on me, I recognize the invitation. It is time. This week, I challenge myself to practice stillness, through meditation, breathing, yoga – however I find myself there.
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I want to start over. I need a new life. I want to go somewhere far away. I cannot shake this desire I have of selling everything and starting over. I have blogged about it before. I have mentioned many times that I have a great life. I really do. But there is just something about starting over that appeals to me.