Ease, Restraint, Spaciousness, Clarity, Taking Care
Paula Brown | 5 January 2022
Many of us already apply this powerful word to our lives. Maybe not realizing how powerful it is.
If I think of the benefits of it:
It saves time,
it invites ease and comfort,
it costs less,
tidy not messy,
its easily understood and easily repeated.
Chinese Philosopher Confucious said:
Life is really simple but we insist on making it complicated.
We usually start the year with plans.
To-do lists – long ones.
Dreams, wishes, goals. So many things. And that is good. It means we’re alive and well and seeking change, structure, movement.
What I want to remind you of is the power of simplicity. Keeping it simple.
For me, simplicity has become about simply being… leaving the bells and whistles behind and just appreciating things for what they are – in their perfect natural form. Like a moment. Just sitting and being – allowing whatever needs to arise to arise.
Simplicity is the opposite of overthinking or judging.
Simplicity is noticing our thoughts and judgments, accepting that they are part of us and will be there always.
Simplicity is about silence. Listening to nothing and hearing what lies beneath it.
Simplicity is about getting curious, then letting it go. Moving on.
Simplicity is mindfully sipping a cup of tea or coffee
Simplicity is meditation – emptying one’s mind, simply sitting and noticing your breath.
Simplicity is uncoupling our minds. Pausing the cravings, fixations, the needs and desires.
Simplicity is letting go of perfection.
Simplicity is the key to brilliance (Bruce Lee)
How can we bring simplicity into our world?
Simplicity usually starts with creating space. We start with a mindful approach to cleaning out our environment. Spaciousness and ease should be our number one priority – through creating spaciousness and ease in our home, bedroom or general living environment, we create mental space to do the work that comes next.
It is my belief that each step to creating simplicity around us, creating spaciousness and ease to be, forms part of our first step. It's about starting close. In order to reach inside. To do the inside work, we need simplicity, ease and spaciousness.
If you’ve not already begun, here’s some great ideas from Marie Kondo to clear your environment and create the space you need to think, do and be.
This first month of the year is an important one to use to clear away physical clutter in your home and office. And it takes small steps to be able to notice a difference and feel the sense of liberation that can invite some of the mental and emotional decluttering that we so desperately need.
Author: Paula Brown
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