We’re living in complicated times. World events are spiraling, technology is developing at warp speed, and uncertainty is the norm. We’re bombarded with information, deluged with news, overwhelmed by decisions.
Life can be exciting. And it can be exhausting.
Navigating these times can be challenging for even the most seasoned souls. I know I find myself waxing nostalgic for simpler days.
One of my favorite mantras is When things are out of control, control what you can. In my case, I do a load of laundry.
It’s not the love of a good spin cycle that motivates me. Rather I’m seeking something small, something mundane. Something that gives me the satisfaction of completion and the illusion of control. And a feeling that all is in order in the world.
I think that kind of yearning is human nature. There’s comfort in ritual. There’s solace in the simplest tasks. And bringing a little order to life calms our nervous systems and returns us to our center.
The list of ways to nurture simplicity is as varied and unique as each person. While I might begin in my laundry room, you might run from yours in horror.
Here are a few ideas for keeping things simple to get your wheels turning… and to help you hop off the hamster wheel that is Life.
When you need to get back to basics, rely on all your senses. Choose tasks and activities that wake them up.
I recently had a conversation with a group of friends about exercise and aging. Most of us are leaning into the notion that by now our bodies know what they need. None of us are committed to the punishing workouts and strenuous training routines of our youth.
All of us agree that even the simplest movements serve us. Movement can keep you in the moment, so:
Sometimes the easiest way to keep things simple is to merely unplug. Cutting back on distractions and taking a step back can make a difference.
Or we can lose track of time (and of those situations that stir us up) by diving into something creative. And remember, complicated is not required.
There’s not always much we can do to influence the ups and downs of life happening all around us. We can only ride the waves.
But the actions we do take will set a tone. If simpler feels more peaceful, why not go with that? I’ll be right there with you.
What practices do you have for embracing simplicity? How do they restore you and make a difference in your life?
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