Life can be ridiculously complicated, if you let it. We fall prey to the American Dream as I posted about last week, which has become more of a nightmare. One solution is to simplifyour lives. Many people are considering this by choice or out of economic necessity.
Most of this post comes from Leo Babuta at Zen Habits. He does not copyright his writings and I would love to share some of what he says about this subject.
Thich Nhat Hanh’s quote, which I’ve stolen as this site’s subtitle, is the shortest guide to life you’ll ever need:
“Smile, breath, and go slowly.”
SMILE. BREATHE. GO SLOWLY.
If you live your life by those five words, you’ll do pretty well. For those who need a little more guidance, here are the lessons that Leo has learned (so far) as a few guidelines, or reminders, really. He has quite few links to other posts and resources on his blog.
And as always, these rules are meant to be broken. Life wouldn’t be any fun if they weren’t.
the brief guide
less TV, more reading
less shopping, more outdoors
less clutter, more space
less rush, more slowness
less consuming, more creating
less junk, more real food
less busywork, more impact
less driving, more walking
less noise, more solitude-see my post Can you please turn down the noise?
less focus on the future, more on the present
less work, more play
less worry, more smiles
breathe Also see Calgon, take me away!
What steps have you taken to simplify your life?
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