We survive, strive and thrive on communication, a beautiful instrument which connects and permits us expression. Yet, in this so called modern day and age, we live in a world saturated with unlimited information and all the stuff to go with it. Compelled by our nature to belong, aspire and accomplish, are we focusing too much on our material layers, thus not being able to “see the wood through the trees” and connect with our tree of life?
Some say I had it all, a peeking career along with all the so-called stuff to match. I worked hard, played even harder. In the end it wasn’t enough, it was simply too much. So, I threw caution to the wind, gave it up and now pursue a Yogi path. I didn’t elope to the forests or go live in a cave. The reality is that I’m part of our modern world. I love my family and urban roots. The difference is that now I practice (and I mean practice) the art of creating space, investing my energy in what really matters.
All effects well-thought-out, leading a life of simplicity is no mean feat, but here a few things I’ve learned so far:
1. Don’t hold back, let it go
- Be prepared to make ordered fundamental shifts and let go of what’s holding you back
- The biggest step is always the hardest. Your perception cannot compete with reality; so on reflection is it really that bad?
- Too much work, social media, TV, food, distracts you from getting involved, living your life, facing your challenges
- Learn to say no. Overcommitting can get in the way of doing what matters
- You have the right to change your mind, so long as you are true to yourself
- Honesty really is the best policy, lying creates tension and unnecessary complication
- If it doesn’t make you happy long term, it’s a quick unsustainable fix
2. Patience is a virtue
- Take it one step at a time. Start with small, simple tasks to ease you into your flow
- Making lots of changes too quickly can disenchant you
- It won’t happen overnight, but if you stay true and focused you will get there
- Show humanity to others, they to have a story which they haven’t told you, yet
3. Create space
- Clutter-free space can help declutter your mind
- Less stuff can prevent distractions in so many ways
- If you aren’t using it, lose it, better still, give it to someone who will
- If you can’t remember your agenda, was it that important?
- Going shopping? Do I need to? Or, do I need it?
- Frugality can fuel the imagination
- Bringing order to your finances reliefs your minds niggles
- Why say many words, when only a few will do?
- Silence is a virtue worth having
- A good night sleep is invaluable
4. The present is a gift
- Setting an intention is a healthy way to start the day
- A blissful morning will help set the tone
- Eating wholesome, seasonal, food is a pleasure to savour and honour
- Taking breaks to enjoy a moment helps
- A smile goes a long way and a good attitude goes a lot further
- Make time to do something you love, with love
- Share time with someone you love
- A random act of kindness is good for the soul and can change the fortune of time
- “Stop and smell the roses”, there’s always a beautiful moment to be had in nature
- Focus on one thing at a time, at pace, with devotion
- Show gratitude at the end of your day
5. Stand up for your rights
- Know and believe your motivations, you will be judged
- Some people just won’t get it, that’s ok, as long as you yours do
- Every day you have the chance to practice your art of mindfulness
- Sometimes you will need to defend your beliefs, sometimes, walking away is better
“Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury – to me these have always been contemptible. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best for both the body and the mind.”
― Albert Einstein