The Art of Simplifying and Why You Should

by | Apr 12, 2017 | Wisdom

Imagine your life as a blank canvas, wiped clean of stress and complications. What would you choose to paint? The art of simplifying means peeling back the layers to get to the core of what true happiness means for you.

In a hectic world, simplifying can seem anything but simple. The key is to remember that authentic joy is found in the present moment. Here, chaos is swapped for peace and fear transforms into love.

The art of simplifying is letting go of everything that is in its’ way. We’ve cluttered life’s roads, trading purpose for instant gratification, and we’ve lost sight of the destination – a meaningful life.

Prioritise mindfulness

Without slowing down and reflecting, it’s hard to step off the merry-go-round of life long enough to even consider simplifying it. A regular yoga and meditation practice nurtures your body and mind, which helps you remain present. With mindfulness, you’re able to pinpoint the areas of your life that drain you of peace and joy.

Release emotional baggage and causes

It’s hard to enjoy the present moment when we’re weighed down with emotional baggage. Negative relationships or environments complicate life, often unnecessarily. With kindness, understanding and compassion, release your attachments to situations that no longer serve you and you’ll uncover clarity and simplicity beneath them.

Disconnect from unnecessary noise

The world is a noisy place, and there’s no volume button when we need it most, but much of the ‘noise’ we experience is self-inflicted. Decreasing the time spent watching television, having the radio on in the background, scrolling social media and gossiping, instantly simplifies your life. There’s also an internal ‘noise,’ the thoughts, feelings, and internal clutter that we have going on in our head. Meditation practice works to quieten your mind to allow room for peace.

Downsize, declutter and de-stress

There’s a reason why we feel so good after spring cleaning the house. Without the mess, life instantly appears brighter and less complicated. Decluttering and donating items you no longer need, becoming aware of your buying habits and streamlining daily routines creates room, both physically and mentally.

With this room comes more time to immerse yourself in the present moment, rather than in the ‘busyness’ of life. Getting the excess out of the way helps you find what truly adds value to your life and what brings you joy. The time you allocated to ‘stuff’ can now be replaced with what’s truly important – health, relationships, passions, growth and contribution. Here, the benefit of simplifying becomes apparent, as joy and peace sprout where complications once reigned.


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