To live simply and well requires an enlightened state of mind.
We must shed our multicolored consumer skins and find our way back to a natural, calm and relaxed way of life. If we discover that we are caught in a trap of busyness and unfulfilling work, chances are good that we should invite a little simple back into our lives.
How to live simply and well?
One. Realize that you already have enough. Clothes and shoes fill your closets and drawers, furniture, books, games, dishes, decorations and electronics fill the rest of your home – you may have already gathered enough stuff for your lifetime! Those societal wants are advertising pleas for buying more and you can tune them out.
Two. Get rid of your television, so that commercials have less of a voice, less of a jingle and less of an influence. Don’t let sitcoms become the replacement of real life conversations and face to face interactions.
Three. Reduce the clutter in your home, the aftermath of your consumerist past. Item by item – sell, give away and dispose of responsibly those things you no longer need or use. Maintain your right to have free space in your own home.
Four. Become self-reliant in mending and clothes making, creating natural spaces and reclaiming your health by acquiring the knowledge and courage necessary to live simply and well. Craft natural solutions for your healthy life and home. Reduce your dependence on industry and provide some things for yourself, know where to find what you can’t grow at home, invest in community and take care of your local environment.
Five. Know that you are not alone. The how to live simply movement consists of the many of us who are concerned about the future. We come from all over the world and we all have stories to tell.
These are just a handful of ways of how to live simply. They are a start to a lifelong journey of living well with much, much less than you ever thought possible.