What Does It Mean To Live A Simple Life?
“…there are often many things we feel we should do that, in fact, we don’t really have to do. Getting to the point where we can tell the difference is a major milestone in the simplification process.”
Living simple is a concept that has become foreign to many people. The idea that living without things can create abundance seems to be defeat the purpose of what we are all taught when we were young. such as work hard, get a great job, a big house and retire with a large bank account.
According to one of the 19th century’s greatest Yogi’s, Sri Yukteswar, a simple life consists of the following:
- A life of self respect
- A simple diet
- Regular exercise
In each of these beliefs, it says nothing of striving to earn big paydays or buying a big house. In essence, living a simple life is turning to God for all things and learning to resist the temptations all around us. Simple living is geared more to living in the moment and appreciating all that God has given us and doing our part to make it a better world.
Living A Balanced And Simple Life
“A quiet and modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest.”
I’m not saying possessions are bad. Not at all but what I trying to get across is the fact that it is a never-ending battle between money and peace of mind. We will never get either if we spend too much time on just one aspect. It all has to do with balance. In the East, balance is an integral part of how one lives. Without balance, we upset the flow of Qi whose energy flows through all of us. You see, simplicity is a goal not a burden.
Everything we do must be in balance or we bring chaos to our lives. If we don’t eat well, we get sick. If we don’t get enough sleep, we are sluggish and cannot do our work properly. If we spend all our time working and hoarding money we push away those close to us.
We are so preoccupied by technology that we easily lose our attention and focus on the simple things in life. Quality of life is very important to people yet they waste their time on social networks, cluttering their life with useless possessions and competing with the rest of humanity to see how much they can obtain and how far they can climb the ladder of society.
Creating Abundance For Living A Simple Life
“Life is truly beautiful in simplicity. When we lead a simple life we achieve an unknown happiness – a happiness that surpasses any other form of happiness.”
Abundance does not come from how much you can accumulate in life. It comes from loving God, loving others, being humble, having compassion and forgiving those who have hurt us in the past. becoming a higher spiritual being is what God is offering us.
What is the most important things in your life. Where your heart lies is where your life follows. If it’s money then money is your God. If it is possessions then they rule your heart. But if it is loving God then you have all you need to live.
In Matthew 6:19-21 it states, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Later on in Matthew 16:26, he goes on to say, “Or what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?”
Are we really fooling ourselves into thinking we can gorge ourselves on what the world has to offer? Our lives are so cluttered. Take a good look at your home. Look in your closets. Do you really need all those clothes? Look in your attic and your basement. They are filled with things we store away but never use. We are constantly giving away our possessions we do not need anymore to place like Goodwill or the Salvation Army. It’s time to declutter and get back to what is important.
Easy Ways To Live Simple
Here are some easy ways to live simple yet create an abundant atmosphere:
1– Manage your time – Stop wasting it on things that don’t matter. The more time you waste on trivial things the more stressed you become. We all know how stressful our lives have become. Simplify your time and do those things that are in alignment with your beliefs.
2– Put others first – We are called to love our neighbor but do we really show it. Instead of competing with them to see what they have be thankful for knowing them.
3– Spend time with God – Get to know him, his ways and start imitating his kind of love. Loving God is the best way to simplify your life and live with His abundance. He alone can give you everything you need.
4– Stop worrying about everything and everyone – You cannot change the whole world in an instant, only yourself. Remember, you are part of a world filled with people with different beliefs, different customs and different ways to live. Do what you can to make yourself a better person and allow God to change your heart.
5– Learn to be self-sufficient – Don’t let everyone else make your decisions for you. This is how Jesus lived and taught us to do the same . In Mark 6:8-9 he tells us, Jesus himself lived a simple life. In Mark 6,8-9 he tells his disciples to, “Take nothing for their journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belts—but to wear sandals and not put on two tunics.”
We are called to simplify our lives and live a life of meaning. Spending our time on things that do not matter is wasting the precious time that God has given us. If you want to be abundant, live a simple life filled with love and dedication. Anything else is gravy.