It's an easy word to say, but living a simpler life can be anything but easy! If you feel like your life has turned into one big sprint to the finish line, you can change things. All you have to do is follow these 3 steps to create a simpler, calmer life:
1. Clean out the clutter.
Take a look around your house. How much stuff is sitting around? Yes, having plenty of material possessions can feel great - like you've really accomplished something by being able to purchase them all - but they can also make you feel more burdened.
You're more likely to feel scatterbrained when your home is a scattered mess, so get rid of the stuff you don't use/need anymore. A cleaner, more organized home will instantly make you feel better.
And, if you want to generate even more good feelings, donate all of that old stuff to a charity that really needs it.
2. Cut down on the activities.
It's great to be active, but if you've got too much on your plate, you're going to feel exhausted. If you've taken on more than you can realistically handle, you're not alone. Until you pare down the list, you're never going to feel calm.
Think about everything you do in a day, week, month, or year. Do you really need to do all of these things? Are you doing things out of habit, instead of doing them because you really want to? Odds are there are several activities you can eliminate right now. Then, keep your eyes peeled over time for more activities you can cut out of your life.
3. Soak up the silence.
Even if you're not physically talking, all of your "mental noise" can leave you feeling stressed. So, promise yourself that you're going to spend at least a few minutes every day in complete silence - no matter how busy you are. You'll be amazed at how calm, centered, and happy you feel!
Want to magnify the power of silence? Spend your quiet time in a local park and enjoy the simple beauty of nature. You can't help but feel peaceful and content when you watch birds fly by and see the wind float through the trees!
Bottom line - if you want to live a simpler life, you have to connect with your inner self. The only way to do that is to slow down, drown out the physical and emotional noise around you, and take time to enjoy the simpler things in life. That way, you'll get to run your own life, instead of letting life run you around in circles!
There's a great Bruce Lee quote a coaching client of mine used to use in the signature of his emails.
Here it is:
"One does not accumulate but eliminate. It is not daily increase but daily decrease. The height of cultivation always runs to simplicity."
Well worth pondering!
And while you're at it, here's something else for you to ponder:
A crystal clear vision that reflects what's truly important to you and what you really want next in your life makes the process of elimination downright simple by making what needs to stay and what should go readily apparent.
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Note: It's absolutely amazing how much physical, mental, and emotional stuff you accumulate in your life in response to living in an increasingly complex and stressful world, making it even more complex and stressful, and it's equally as amazing, if not more so, how much of that stuff you can eliminate, how much simpler and happier your life becomes as a result, and how fast it becomes that way once you're clear about the end result you're after.