A simple life is a beautiful one. We know that first hand, as it is the meaningful life path we choose to live day by day. Our days are spent cooking and crafting, conversing and dreaming about a sustainable future lived as part of nature.
It is springtime here in the Scottish Borders and leaves are greening into their new year, it is a time of seasonal rebirth and abundant energy – the perfect moment to regain our senses and rediscover just what it is that we love about living simply.
Of course life wasn’t always simple for us. Long ago we had full-time jobs and worked long hours for hard-earned money to pay the bills, we went out regularly to eat, we shopped for things we needed or not, we were typical consumers that were barely getting by…
And when we moved to Hungary from Seattle, our lives changed. It wasn’t going back in time that altered our outlook on life (though we did spend eight years without running water) it was the realization that we had much more than we needed and that we already had more than enough to sustain ourselves, that became our wake-up call.
In some ways we were forced by uncontrollable life experiences to slow down. We didn’t resist it, it wouldn’t have made any sense. When we couldn’t afford to go out, we learned to appreciate staying in. When our clothes wore out, we stitched them back up. When they could be stitched no longer we let them fade away, then we started to craft our own clothing with sustainable, natural fibers. We started to do things by hand out of necessity, and fell in love with the slow process of creating from scratch.
Today we are mastering the art of simple living by indulging in the beauty of every day.
Each day is different and we appreciate the nuances. The sun rises over the sheep-covered hill as we have our morning coffee, we eat a gluten-free breakfast together and then get to work – whatever that means for the day. We learn, we connect, we write, we always have time for each other and others around us.
So how does one go about mastering the art of simple living?
The first step is to desire a simple life.
Ask for it, say it out loud, write it down in your journal or on your blog. You must focus your intentions on creating simplicity around you. Know what you want, so that you can step further in the right direction.
Then find the energy to declutter. A tidy room is a productive room where distractions have little or no force. Whittle down your belongings to those items that are practical, useful or that bring you joyful pleasure – there is no use in harboring unwanted gifts. Decluttering allows you the opportunity to banish negativity from your life whether it is in the form of photographs, rejection letters, or anything that simply takes up organized space.
Create your unique space to find your own breathing room and you will find that the minimalist world need not be about tiny. Animals need room to roam and so do we, we need physical and emotional room to be creative, we need a supportive atmosphere to thrive.
So get outside! And get involved in nature so that the respect is mutual. Learn about herbs and wool and where your food comes from. If you have children take them along, after all seeing is believing!
Expect some resistance to your dream to live simply. Anything out of the norm is cause for confusion. Just because you may choose to live with little does not mean you are poor or in need, perhaps is means that you are not “in want” at this very moment. When you sit down to eat with family and friends your appetite has a limit, learn to recognize what enough means to you in all aspects of life and simplicity will find you.
Practice patience with your heart and your mind and you will begin to master the art of simple living.
In the meantime we are offering our e-course Natural Simple Living – Crafting Solutions for Your Healthy Life and Home for free in the month of May (£45 value). Find the course outline here.
If mastering the art of simple living through our e-course is on your desire list then all you need to do is leave a comment below telling us about your own simple living journey.
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