The Importance of Simplicity

Every few years I simplify in a big way – these periods seem to be fertile breeding grounds for abundance. Only in an empty field is there truly room to grow a big crop. In simplification mode once again I am hopeful that this harvest will be more amazing than I could have ever imagined. To simplify one must be ruthless- disciplined, determined, unattached to outcome and willing to risk.

When this part of the story is told, scribed, released it will be past the point I am sitting in now. It is past the point of discomfort, past the issues of trust, desire, past the momentary questioning of faith, action and fear.

To sit in simplicity requires patience – something I lack at times, something I work on daily. I believe that it is more important to endure brief periods of instability, fear, confusion and doubt than to jump into action, decision, and chaos.

Remember that simplicity is different for each person. For one person, simplicity may be downsizing their apartment, but to another it might mean growing your own food on a farm.  And living with less is not supposed to promote discomfort, but instead clear a path for what is most important in your life. Sometimes, to figure out what is really important to you is to get rid of everything that isn’t.

Simplicity is a state of mind. Once you are able to master it, you will see that it is possible to live an unconventional lifestyle. This may spur you to be more open to change, uncertainty, and different ways to improve your life that you hadn’t thought about before.

When you achieve a simple lifestyle, you are able to slow down and be more attentive to those that you love. If you are not spending enough time with the ones that you love and care about, then maybe it is time to take a step back and reevaluate your preferences.

One tip I have for simplifying your life is that  attracts less when it comes to stuff and clutter and things you think you must have. If you ask most people what they really want from life and work their first answer is not more money, a bigger house, or a new car. Instead they want health, happiness, time, security, love, respect, satisfaction, inspiration, and less stress. None of those things are available at the mall or through any material purchase.

Simplicity in life always gives you peace of mind.  A person who successfully simplifies their life doesn’t have to worry about material things. They are able to focus on what gives them the most happiness and enjoyment. Simplicity gives us peace of mind, as we get satisfaction with the things that matter most.

In moments of simplicity, I am connected to my spirit in a rich and immeasurable way.

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