A simpler existence

26 Mar 2016

It’s hard to imagine life in the slow lane given our busy lives, but it must happen if we want to lead a more simple existence.

Living in the slow lane equals a more simple existence. A life honing in on the simple things, allows us to saver every minute of every hour of every day, looking through more harmonious coloured spectacles and that cuts down our stress.

When we slow down, we will begin to feel happier and more relaxed in ourselves. Slowing down will allow us to engage more with the right people and will allow us to get more in touch with our emotions. The simple life will not only make us more interested, but will make us more interesting. It will also allow us to indulge more in the simple things, as we begin to notice the smaller things, the things we didn’t notice sooner.

The simple life brings us closer to the core, so we can see in more detail our flaws, our faults and our strengths, which will no longer be hidden beneath the layers of distraction, clutter and the junk we accumulate over a lifetime. The more we simplify our lives, the easier it is to peel back the layers.

The following tips should help us slow down:

Clarity

By bringing clarity into our lives we begin to see what and who is really important. Clarity helps us see clearly, where we once failed to see. We will also have more time to explore these possibilities further.

Gratitude

Having gratitude helps us improve our health and wellbeing. Simplifying our life, means we take out the inessentials so we can begin to see what we have around us that is worthy of our gratitude. I believe we have a lot in our lives that allow us to have gratitude, but it’s often very difficult to see that, when we’re dealing with stress and stressful situations.

De-clutter

Physically we are surrounded by clutter. Our homes are filled with clutter. When we take away some of the material clutter, we will begin to surround ourselves with a number of things that we will find beautiful.

Generosity, empathy and patience

When we realise we need less than we have, we have more to give. Embracing simplicity means we will make intelligible decisions about life and how we can best serve our lives and help others who need our help. Empathy, patience and generosity, incorporate all that we come to expect from living the simple life.

Health

When we manage a simpler life, we become physically healthier, because we automatically become more mindful of the important things. When we’re more mindful we bring awareness on all aspects of our life. It’s a vicious circle. Simplifying our surroundings, bring about emotional awareness and that helps us simplify not only our lives, but the mind, body and soul.

An awareness that is synonymous with a more simple existence.

6 Responses to “A simpler existence”

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  1. Brad 27. Mar, 2016 at 11:35 am #

    It would be nice to leave the rat race behind and declutter on a desert island, somewhere we can live a more wholesome life without television, the internet and mobile phones and all the things people think is important but that doesn’t really matter.

    As that isn’t going to happen any time soon, the best we can do is to take stock and try to achieve some of your good suggestions.

    • Ilana 27. Mar, 2016 at 1:04 pm #

      Thank you. I’m not sure how practical that would be but it sounds lovely though. Just what the doctor ordered! I took stock a few years ago and continue to implement my suggestions and I believe they work.

      We all must do the same though, if we are to live together in harmony and with each other.

  2. Bonnie Strickland Johns 28. Mar, 2016 at 1:05 am #

    Thank you Ilana! This is a perfect reminder for us all!! We all really do need to slow down.

    For some reason, it seems the state of California is a fast pace of living. I don’t know why. Except maybe how populated this place is after living in the Midwest, where it was more simpler and not so complicated.

    Regardless of where we’re from, we all need to slow down.

    • Ilana 28. Mar, 2016 at 9:05 am #

      Thanks Bonnie. Yes your last sentence I am sure will resonate with quite a few of us. If we want a more peaceful and tranquil life I believe we must.

      Not slowing down also means we will fail to look at the little things, like the flowers, the trees, animals. All the things that potentially can help us look at ourselves and how we can live our lives differently.

  3. Randy 28. Mar, 2016 at 3:15 am #

    Personally I have come to prefer a simpler life, since most of my life was beyond chaotic! People would probably say that my life is pretty boring, but compared to the alternative, I’ll take it.

    I grew up in a world like on the show ‘Shameless’ which meant it was extremely dysfunctional to put it mildly! I have kind of gotten used to having a fair amount of stability in my life, where I never really had it before.

    I have actually been working on the suggestions you mentioned above which have changed my life for the better. I don’t have to live the way I always did even though it was what I am used to!

    • Ilana 28. Mar, 2016 at 9:11 am #

      I’m pleased you’re living a more simple life. I think more of us should and agree with you Randy. We don’t have to live the way we always have just because we’re used to it.

      We can choose to change, to make a difference, to live a different life. Like you, I have choose the more simplistic route and am pleased I have.

      Boring to many, it’s not boring to me and I’m sure it’s not boring to you. It becomes a more peaceful existence in the longer term.

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