Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity.” ~ Plato.
Simplicity is often forgotten as a path to well-being, creativity and living a wholesome contributed life. Often it has differnt meanings for different people but to me simplicity means cutting out the negative, confusing, non genuine, clutter, chaotic to make more room for harmony and peace.
Living a simple life is not always that simple! It is often a journey, a process evolving not a destination. As you begin to simplify your life to the essentials and honor the positive you will begin to feel more in tune with your environment and allow space for harmonious creation to evolve.
To create a more simplistic life begin by identifying what is really important to you and start letting go of the rest, by letting go I mean changing your focus, you don’t have to try to let go, it happens automatically when you start focusing on that stuff that matters, what you value.
“Simplicity is the glory of expression.” ~ Walt Whitman.
Evaluating your life is a good way to start, begin by your commitments, ask your self what am I doing to ensure my cup is full so I have enough to pour into those I love. Look at all aspects of life commitments, partner, kids, career, family, friends, business, health, clients etc. What feeds your soul and nurtures your well-being. Hold onto the commitments that are in line with the things that are really important to you.
Learning how to say no is a great way, do NOT take on other peoples disappointments, set your boundaries that honor what is important to you and not just do things because others want you to. The more you say no the less you’ll have to worry about and more time you will have to focus on YOU! Showing up for what is important to you gives you great integrity and the chance to grow and give.
Limiting the amount of time you use social media and other forms of digital communication can take out a huge amount of chatter from your mind and life, if it is not really nourishing your soul don’t give it too much attention. Limiting your media consumption will mean it can no longer dominate your life, often telling you how to think and feel.
The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.” ~ William James.
Clean your environment, throw out waste, and remove large cluttered items that rob your free space and take your energy and time to maintain. LESS IS BEST! Eliminate the unnecessary, begin by having three boxes labelled important, haven’t used in a year, gathering dust. Anything that doesn’t make the important box can be stored for six month and if not used tossed in the trash!
Spend time with people you love, be intimate and appreciate them, doing so will fill the negative spaces you have let go of. Spend sometime alone also and enjoy calmness and clarity of being in your own thoughts.
Do things slowly, eat, drive, walk, breath, dance, slowing down your brainwaves and pulse will allow your body to relax and your positive endorphin’s to calm your mind and body. Establish routines to maintain your simple life!
“Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.” ~ Frederic Chopin.