The sensory overload of our world is slowly stressing us out. We’ve got so much to do, so many balls to juggle and when we can’t find time for stillness or time to slow down our minds from its constant chatter, our health pays the price.
“Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you.”
John De Paola
Life is a matter of working out what brings you the most joy and doing it as often as possible. We don’t like our jobs, our homes, we don’t even like ourselves, so why do we complicate life so much?
“All of us should strive to learn before we die, what we are running from, and to, and why?” James Thurber
Why do we wait for a diagnosis to start looking after our health and realise how short and precious life really is. If we are not doing what we really want in life, whose fault is that? Why do we find it so difficult to stand in our truth and believe we deserve more?
I believe why people run so fast and hard through life is because slowing down, confronts them to see who they have become and to know they are not living the truth they so desperately want to.
Speed is a source of stimulation and fleeting pleasure whereas slowing down is a route to depth, more enduring satisfaction, and to excellence.
To change anything in life, we need to understand the patterns we have adopted and how we continue to create stress in our life that we don’t need. Our need for approval, and for constant certainty, only comes from control and fear.
Spending time in yoga, meditation and stillness will always lead you into a simpler life. Through this regular stillness, you will find clarity and a deeper vision for the future.
Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love…. time is eternity.
So this week start making small changes to simplify, savour and enjoy life rather than watch it speed by.
- Curl up in a favorite chair at some point after you return home from work and spend at least a half-hour reading a book purely for pleasure.
- Take the time to really listen to someone you love — to give that person the space to speak without interruption, for as long as it takes.
- Choose a place that interests you — it could be in the city or the country — and spend a couple of hours just exploring it without any specific end in mind.
- Buy a journal, and before you go to bed, take a few minutes to reflect on what you feel grateful for that day, and what went right.
Be who you want to be, when you want to be! Life is too short to be anyone else……..
3 thoughts on “The simple Life”
Karen, I love your four ideas for simplifying your life. We both know the joy of adopting them into our lives but always need a friendly reminder to continue doing them. The benefits are always enormous.
Kazzie they’re great tips and very comforting advice. It’s nice to be told that its ok to take some time out just for us.
Thanks Angie, we all need time to nurture ourselves