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. A life homing in on the simple more harmonious things, will help us to cut down on stress.
When we learn to slow down, we will 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.
A simpler existence will not only make us more interested, but will make us more interesting too. It will allow us to look at and notice the smaller things, the things we didn’t notice before.
A simpler existence brings us closer to the core, so we can see 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 easier it is to connect with ourselves.
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 to see and understand our experiences better. We will also have more time to explore further possibilities.
Having gratitude helps us improve our health and wellbeing. Simplifying our life, means we take out the inessentials. Generally, we have a lot in our lives that allow us to have gratitude, but it’s often 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 people, instead of things.
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 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 to all aspects of our life.
When we simplify, we bring about an emotional awareness and that helps us also simplify the mind, body and soul. An awareness that is synonymous with a simple existence.