It’s hard to imagine life in the slow lane given our busy lives, but it needs to happen, if we are to lead a simple existence.
Living in the slow lane equals a 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. As we begin to feel we’re slowing down, we’ll begin to engage more with the right people and will start to connect more with our emotions. Something we tend not to do when we’re busy.
The simple life will not only make us more interested, but will make us more interesting too. It will allow us to indulge more in the simple things, as we begin to look at and notice the smaller things, the things we didn’t notice before. We tend not to look for these things.
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 the years. The more we simplify our lives, the easier it is to peel back the layers.
The following tips should help us slow down:
By bringing clarity into our lives we begin to see what and who is important. Clarity helps us see clearly, where we once failed to see. We will also have more time to explore these possibilities further.
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.
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 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.
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 simple existence.