Sunday, August 11, 2013

starting a practice of simplicity



One of the things that is most pertinent in what comes to my beliefs is that simplicity leads to a place of calm and peace. I like having a comfortable life and am thankful for the things the universe has provided me, but I am also a believer that when your life becomes a reflection of what you have, then this spells disaster. 


At the end of the journey (or the beginning of a new chapter), I still take nothing I can hold or carry. All I will take is the memory of my loved ones and the moments we shared together. So I decided to start a practice of simplicity. I am downsizing my life and stop holding on to things so tight.


The first things I want to tackle are the ones hardest for me: the food and the exercise. I love to eat, including all the stuff that's not good for me. And I am a well known and respected couch potato. I am not sticking to any strict diet, but day by day, meal by meal making smarter choices what goes into my body... and how I treat it.



23 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I've always found that simpler is better too. If I were on my own, I would make my life simpler than it currently is.

Adam said...

simple is good

Palomasea said...

Reading your thoughts is like reading my own....may we both find strength and courage on this road of simplicity and self-love.... :)
xoxo,
- Irina

tinajo said...

Good for you, keep it up! :-)

http://tinajoathome.com/

foxysue said...

'Simply' beautiful.... :~)xxx

Sherri B. said...

I want to start taking better care of myself, too - here's to our success. :)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I read somewhere once that siomplicity is the key to a happy life...I believe it's very true!

Arkansas Patti said...

Smart move and one I need to take. I remember when moving all my possessions could be handled in a small car. Now it takes a moving company and I am sure I am not one bit happier. Downsizing has to be healthier, mentally and physically. You go girl.

LAUGH AN said...

I love simplicity i take time to look at nature today its the blue sky sharing time with friends is also important and simple :-)

I agree with you we have to care about our health I have to move more and :-) I am sure to do that abroad more easily I am Lil fatty I am not sport women too paradoxical hihi

I hope your week will be good :-)

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Good for you, Ana. I love simplicity, too. I'm also a minimalist. I de-clutter regularly, and try to keep only what we need in our home.

Jeanie said...

This is wonderful, Ana. A smart move. I will join you on your journey next month when I retire. I'm planning to look at my body (you sort of can't miss it) and treat it with more respect exercise wise. And purging lots of house stuff. Started that this weekend... I have a long way to go!

It will be a motivator to know you are out there doing the same!

Melissa said...

Funny, I was just thinking that yesterday. It was raining out and I decided to do some much needed de-cluttering. It felt good. I actually wanted a truck to come so I can get them to take lots of stuff away.

Simplicity is good. Good luck on your journey. If it was healthy to be a couch-potato I would love that as I could just read away!

Japolina said...

I keep trying the kiss method (Keep it simple stupid). It is hard for me but I'm not giving up.

Willow said...

I am hoping for a similar path ... I have stepped on it now to keep following . :)

Riot Kitty said...

I must have those post-its!

Francie M said...

Interesting post. The post-its made me laugh - I'm with Riot Kitty, would love to have them but your words were somewhat alarming Ana. Is everything okay?

Cristiane Marino said...

Oi Ana, fico feliz por saber que você está nesse caminho, vai te fazer muito bem.
A simplicidade é vida.
Bjs e ótima semana

Vivian said...

Simplicity is the best

Magic Love Crow said...

Good for you! A path wisely chosen!

Red Shoes said...

Japolina up there nailed it with the 'KISS' Approach.

Simple IS best, I think. All of that other stuff overwhelms us so.

I've been in hiding for a bit... just thought I would come out and play some... :o)

It's always good to 'see' you, Ana.

~shoes~

Almost Precious said...

Our modern lives have become very complex and with the complexity comes stress and anxiety.
Good for you for taking the first steps to bring simplicity and balance back into your existence. Don't worry about the steps being small - the journey of a hundred miles is taken one step at a time. :)

Kyra Wilson said...

It's funny, but exercise and eating right is a way for me to pull myself out of the mental ditch I often find myself in. I like (LOVE) eating too, But I acknowledge it also makes me feel not so great about things (except in certain situations where it's part of the fun!) I've struggled with my weight since I was a teenager, and it'll be a lifetime thing. Darnit. :)

beth said...

you can do this....you can do this.....you can do this.....good for you strong girl !!!