There are as many paths towards fully living a simple life as there are people with their feet on the ground. Walking barefoot certainly increases a connection with the environment, but there are multiple ways to heal your mind, body and soul.
Getting closer to natural, one becomes more aware of surroundings and emotions, one develops a tolerance and acceptance for the weather that is neither good or bad – it just is, real food becomes commonplace and home cooked meals are enjoyed with heart and genuinely appreciated. Our journey to a simple life has been a decade-long process, heading straight into the pleasures of a life lived on our own terms. There are times to be selfish, there are times to share, most of all there are times to laugh, love and be merry. Who wouldn’t want that?
Need inspiration? Here are 7 articles to set you on the path of simplicity – a simple life will improve your health, raise self-confidence and allow you to become the thoughtful and humble person that is ready to emerge, the you that is ready to take flight!
A Thoughtful Guide to Gaining Self-Confidence by Joshua Becker at Becoming Minimalist
Redirect your life and focus on the positives, celebrate the fact that you are unlike anyone else and embrace it for all that it is worth! Self-confidence is something that needs nurturing from time to time, we must not let our past predict our future. Learn (or relearn) to be grateful and know that your life is worth it.
The end of busy by Leo Babauta at Zenhabits
Busy-ness is certainly overrated these days. Take a break from your daily routines, slow down your schedule, stop answering the phone, make your emails short, just don’t miss the point. It isn’t necessary to rush wherever we are going, only to just sit and wait.
Freedom by Francine Jay at Miss Minimalist
Letting go of so many senseless items in our home has been so important in our recent lives and it is true that reducing the amount you own can allow you to achieve a certain kind of freedom. “Too much stuff can enslave us in myriad ways. Physically, it can take over our homes, crowding us and our children out of precious living space. It can also drastically reduce our mobility, creating an inertia that discourages us from moving and embracing promising new opportunities.” Be responsible for less and get ready to live more!
Keeping Life Simple by Lee Coello at Becoming Unencumbered
Learn to act and live in the now, it gives you more time to develop yourself into a truly remarkable human being. It is good to remember that worrying and stress have direct negative impacts on your health, realizing the need to reduce those will set you down the road of happier days filled with love and light.
The Power of the Pause by Courtney Carver at Be More With Less
Relax. Watch the clouds pass by and unplug your electronic fix. Don’t be afraid to slow down, you won’t miss out on anything, in fact you just may observe more.
Being Fully Present – Training our Thoughts for Simple by Lorilee Lippencott at Loving Simple Living
Start in the home and live day to day. Celebrate everyday parties, spontaneity and learn to listen to the person speaking to you – look them directly in the eyes. Be physically and mentally present so that the entire family can truly enjoy spending time together. Health for one, health for all.
13 Books you must read in 2013 to create a healthy new you! by Cheryl Magyar at handcraftedtravellers
Reading keeps our minds young and flexible, there is so much to learn each and every day. Why is magnesium so important to our health? What are traditional foods and why should we soak grains and nuts? The answers are out there in spoken and written form. For us on the homestead words are gold, new ideas propel us forward and let us know that the direction we have chosen is indeed the way in which we would like to live, simply and naturally.
True, living a simple life often means living without mountains of stuff, but focusing less on objects and more on experiences makes living a simple life exciting and enjoyable through and through.
How has simple living changed your life?