What comes to mind when you think of simplicity? Do you have a positive or negative reaction? Do you wish you had more simplicity in your life? What would that look like? In what ways can you experience more simplicity in your life today?
It is easy to get distracted by the many things in our lives. Foremost, our society tells us that we must be active and striving to make progress at all times. Even our vacations can become a list of achievements. Beyond these pressures, we are increasingly surrounded by distractions such as cell phones, email, and social media accounts.
Simplicity is a great way to unburden ourselves and allow for more open space in our lives. As a result, we might experience a greater sense of purpose and intention as well as a stronger connection to what we most want or desire.
Here are a few practical ways of inviting more simplicity into your life:
Shift your diet to include more foods that are simple and natural.
Eat mindfully and in moderation.
Consider what you already have in your life. Develop an awareness and compassionate concern for the many people around the world struggling with little or no resources.
Lower your overall level of personal consumption and buy fewer items to make yourself feel good. Focus on buying only what you truly need.
Develop a meditation practice by devoting as little as five minutes a day to meditation.
Spend time in nature (without headphones).
Invest in yourself by further developing your professional skills or engage in more creative projects.
Engage in gratitude practices such as a daily gratitude journal.
Declutter your environment and consider donating items you no longer use.
Unplug from your phone, social media, and perhaps even television.
Notice and embrace moments of silence.
Simplicity can help you feel more connected and intentional in your life while also decreasing the burden of having too much on your plate. Choose one or more of these strategies to invite more simplicity into your life today.
Dr. Thomas Lindquist, Psy.D.
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