Where Peacefulness Resides
Simplicity is one of the keys to peaceful living. Clearing emotional and material clutter from your life opens the emotional and physical space needed to think and communicate effectively with loved ones. It creates time in your day to pursue the activites that feed your soul or to simply rest. It will change your life in dramatic and subtle ways.
I know that this is not some grand new revelation. Some of you are probably thinking “blah, blah, blah…heard it all before”. But please hear this next sentence, because this is the part that matters.
If you want to feel its power, you actually have to do it!
It is one thing to understand, intellectually, the concept of simplifying. It is altogether different to experience it on a visceral level. When we moved overseas, we brought only clothing, photographs of loved ones and a few games. That was it. The apartment we rented was sparsely furnished. Other than buying fresh flowers from time to time, we did nothing to decorate. We had all we needed and nothing more.
The liberating effect of this simple living was intoxicating beyond words. I didn’t expect it to affect me the way it did. All of the following minutia that used to eat up my precious minutes were gone: cleaning, dusting, fixing, decorating, shoping, yardwork etc. Life, for us, pushed outwards. We spent our time exploring the world, trying new foods, meeting interesting people and laughing together. We stopped taking care of things and began taking care of each other.
Perhaps we become restless as we reach mid-life because all of those material goods we have strived to own, begin to own us. There is a point where our abundance begins to work, silently and secretly, against us and we don’t even notice until we are lonely and unhappy and have no idea why.
Simplifying can be a process that you begin today. Try it a little at a time and introduce your soul to freedom in small ways. Clean out your closets, kitchen drawers, cabinets to start. Stop buying new things that you don’t really need. As your home becomes visibly more sparse, notice the emotional energy it frees within.
Then begin to simplify emotionally. Stop spending energy with toxic friends, take a long walk at sunset without your cell phone, listen to yourself, take a deep breath, be present in the moment, pray. Less of the material equals more of the spiritual, and that, my friends, is where peacefulness resides.