The Sanity of Simplicity
Most of us talk about having things simpler and what simplicity could bring to our busy lives. When we are “burdened” with things that take up our time, our care, our concerns, our energies, we are not free.
As we consciously take care to make room in our days, in our relations, in our lives to be in the now moments and to share meaningful loving with those in our lives, we are richly blessed. The blessing comes without us having to buy anything, to be swayed by the TV ads that always tells us we need something “more.”
I am inviting us to let go of all the things that in my own words, “If it doesn’t serve me, it doesn’t deserve me”. (and I it.) What would happen if all the things that don’t serve us were set aside for now? How freeing would it feel to not be running around and filling our minds, bodies and households with more…..stuff. All the stuff in our lives does just that; it stuffs us up and we have no breathing space.
Space actually gives us room to breathe a sigh of relief that we don’t have to tend all our things like an overgrown garden. Space –and its other part called- emptiness leaves a peaceful loving presence in our environment. It gifts us with time and energy that would otherwise be spent on caring for all our stuff.
When was the last time we just sat and enjoyed “being” rather than “doing?” Are we able to stop during our day and just sit quietly, letting our body, mind, spirit and soul rest connected with each other.
As an exercise in humility, imagine that all your stuff you don’t seem to be able to deal with is a stranger’s pile of stuff. How could you help them divest themselves of whatever isn’t really serving their life right now? Listen to yourself and see what you would say to them. Then look in the mirror and say it to yourself.
I ask myself, did I use this this year? Can someone I know use this now? I feel better gifting things to people who could use them. Can I live without it well enough? Or I say, “If I had to carry this in my backpack on my own back, would I keep it?” That usually does the trick.
I looked at photos of my empty house before I moved all my stuff into it. It is an awakening moment~ and has got me sorting more and more of the time. And I think of all that time it took to gather this stuff, and it’s going take about the same amount of time to get rid of it –unless of course there is a match somewhere. (just kidding!)