Monday, 27 May 2013
Simplicity and Freedom: Having Less to Become More
The past few days have been a time of preparation: for travel and for a change in living space. I have never done packing for both at the same time! All very exciting, but also tiring. I have definitely learned the value of finding balance, especially during this time. Taking the time to just be and breathe. For "life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, but learning to dance in the rain." It's about learning to dance and play through our lives, in whatever the time we are experiencing is giving us.
As I've been packing, it really dawned on me how we often allow our stuff to limit us, and without even realizing. I have felt such freedom while traveling- a big part of this feeling comes from the fact that I am not attached to many things. I have the space to live in authenticity. To base my decisions only on inner desire, with no attachment to an external condition. And what I have realized, is that we can live this way all the time.
It is simply about mindset: to know that regardless of what we have around us, our value is in who we are and not what we have.
We get attached to the things we have, as if they are a part of us. But really, the things we own has absolutely no relation to our value as human beings.
Our things take up our physical space, but also our mental space. We tell ourselves that "perhaps one day I will use this for something." The problem with thinking this way is that we can say this about anything we own. We can justify just about anything with this statement.
Instead, let us ask ourselves if the things we have are serving us right now for who we are right now. We are constantly evolving. The things we used to have may no longer serving us, for we have grown. We are stronger and wiser than we were a year ago, a month ago, a week ago.
When we allow our environment to reflect our inner world, we experience more alignment, more peace. Letting go of old baggage fills us with more energy.
What do you prefer, carrying old baggage or having more energy?
The longer I live, the more I realize that simplicity is more than just being a minimalist with the things we have. We can simplify our lives by becoming aware of the people we spend our time with and energy on. We really do "become like the five people we spend the most time with."
It is important to become aware of the people in our lives and how we feel with them. Who is inspiring, supportive and positive and who is bringing us down? Saying no to the "energy vampires", the people who take away from our happiness, can be one of the best decisions we make. For as long as we waste our time with the wrong people, we are limiting our own growth and freedom, as well as our ability to become stronger so that we can contribute to others.
Simplicity is a process, and it starts with awareness. Let us be aware of the truth and "change what we can, accept what we cannot and have the wisdom to know the difference." (The serenity prayer).