I’m learning that the simpler my life is the happier I am.
Yet, there is renitent energy.
Even while acknowledging my happiness-simplicity experience, there’s something inside me that is resistant to living increasingly simply. What is that element?
I can hear the addictive patterns scream out in fear of answering the question.
Fear/Addiction: Don’t look closer, don’t inquire. And, God forbid, don’t even think about asking the question about what it means to live a simple life?
Me: Why not?
Fear/Addiction: Because you might have to give up something?
Me: Um, well, isn’t that kind of the point? (In order to reap dividends in other ways.)
Fear/Addiction: Some things, sure. But not your luxuries.
Me: What are the luxuries?
Fear/Addiction: Ok, now you’re asking too many questions. Just go be simple (minded)–accept and follow the patterns we’ve engrained.
In a recent Rich Roll Podcast with The Happy Pear twins, Dave and Stephen Flynn expressed something that resonated strongly with me.
“Life can be so complicated for so many people, and they can overcomplicate things. A simplicity aspect to life can be really rewarding. …What are the things that help happiness a lot? A low threshold for gratitude: in other words, you’re really happy with really simple things.”
So, I walk a slow and gentle course with my compulsions and attachments asking not what to give up, but instead what are the simple things I enjoy and am grateful for. Then I nurture those things.
• Morning meditation and stretching
• Walks in nature/forest
• Breathing fresh air
• Lake swims & dips
• Simple, unprocessed, whole food
• Regular exercise
• Lots of rest
• And practicing gratitude at every occasion
Even the addictive self is calmed in the peace that these foster.
And the fearful self is soothed by the clarity of unburdening my life.
May you be well.