Take a moment to pause and remember who you truly are. Take the time to reflect on the things that have real and lasting meaning in your life.
Over the past decade, Angel and I have I paid more and more attention to the beauty and practicality of living a simpler life. A life uncluttered by most of the chaos people fill their lives with, leaving us with space for what truly matters. A life that isn’t constant busyness, worrying and stress, but instead contemplation, creation, and connection with people and projects we love.
By redefining our priorities, and building healthy rituals to back them up, we’ve literally been able to change our lives. And this is now a healthy practice we coach our course students though every single day as well.
Through our coaching, Angel and I have learned that the shift in mindset required for living a simpler, happier life is something many people struggle with. They become so accustomed to their lifestyle’s busyness, stress and drama that they actually identify with these disorders as being a part of who they are. This, of course, is not the truth.
The truth is, other animals make their livings by simply living, but as human beings we often associate “making a living” with working like crazy in the most hectic ways imaginable – filling nearly every waking minute of our lives with something that must be done. The busier we are and the more drama there is to chat about (online and offline) at the end of each day, the more “full” life seems… at least for a little while… until we crash and shatter ourselves.
If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed and stressed out a lot lately, it would be wise to rethink and rework your priorities.
This morning, after finishing up a call with a new course student who’s working diligently to simplify various aspects of her life and career, I’ve been reflecting on some of the key truths Angel and I live by, and subsequently pass on to our students, that have collectively had a profound impact on our lives. I’ve distilled these truths into twelve easy-to-digest quotations for you, in hopes that you may find value in them today…
- Overcommitting is the biggest mistake most people make against living a simpler life. It’s tempting to fill in every waking minute of the day with to-do list tasks or distractions. Don’t do this to yourself. Leave space. [Read more…]