At the very core, I think constructing a Simple Life relies on your ability to make conscious choices. I believe that to successfully live simply, you must understand what is most important to you, and take consistent inventory as to what experiences, jobs, people etc. you allow into your life. As a guide to creating a Simple Life for yourself, I have created some pointers that you may find useful.
In the very beginnings of my journey toward a simple and purposeful life, I engaged heavily in self-reflection. This took many forms. One of the most prominent was reading. I read a lot of personal development and spirituality books. Some of the first few titles I read are listed below:
– Eckhart Tolle – The Power of Now
– George Classon – The Richest Man in Babylon
– Eckhart Tolle – A New Earth
– Deepak Chopra – The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
– Robert Kiyosaki – Rich Dad, Poor Dad
– Napoleon Hill – Think And Grow Rich
– Deepak Chopra – Ageless Body, Timeless Mind
– Esther and Jerry Hicks – Ask And It Is Given
– Stephen Covey – The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
These books along with the help of Brian Johnson (CEO of Philosophers Notes) created the groundwork for the beginnings of my conscious life. I began to explore what was possible as a human on this earth, and where my ultimate role and purpose fits in. I engaged in a lot of meditation and journaling, which helped a ton with consistently clarifying what I wanted and what was most important to me. This leads to making more and more conscious decisions about what you do and bring into your life.
As stated above, being grateful is something you need to practice. In the pursuit of simplicity, without the ability to be grateful for all of your blessings, it can become challenging. You will be much more susceptible to external influences and circumstances. I am always bringing myself back to this practice, as I think it is the key to growth and happiness. I find it is useful to journal every couple of days about the things you are grateful for in your life. It is so simple and easy to do, and yet so powerful for your state of mind and pursuit of simple living.
Avoid Toxic Relationships
This is great to do for everyone looking to improve their life, but is definitely beneficial when trying to reduce the amount of stress and problems that you experience day to day. Moving away from relationships that no longer serve you, will create space for new people to flow into your life. When trying to simplify, it helps to have a small network of friends that all support you, rather than drain you of your precious energy and time.
Practice Frugality and Minimalism
Obviously if you read my blog, these two topics are something I look upon favorably. Practicing frugality allows you to begin bringing conscious choices to your spending habits. This will not only help you save more of your hard earned cash, but you will avoid making impulse purchases. This then ties into Minimalism, as you will not be acquiring as much stuff that doesn’t increase your happiness. When simplifying your lifestyle, it is important to be able to choose between what is superfluous consumption, and what is valuable consumption. Understanding the difference and then adapting to your own life will drastically help in achieving a simple lifestyle.
Once you have begun putting the above suggestions to practice, you need to get into a habit of frequently reviewing everything you are doing. As you grow on your journey, things will change. Priorities, Relationships and Financial Commitments will evolve, so you need to make sure that you are evolving with them. I find that every time I review my lifestyle, I find more things to remove and occasionally realise that an addition must be made. It is so easy to make big changes, then not keep on top of them. So make sure that you take the time to ensure that you are taking all steps necessary to keep your life simple, efficient and purposeful.
Never Stop Learning
This includes self-development, financial literacy, frugality techniques, minimalistic techniques and keeping on top of your health and spiritual practices. The more you learn, the better choices you can make. I regularly read on topics I already know a lot about, just to keep current, whilst including new topics of interest. Search for resources on the internet, libraries and from other people. Learn from the people around you. Every moment is a chance to learn, so take advantage.
So these are the steps that I think are important to consider when looking at simplifying your life. They will help you discover your own values, and motivations behind your actions. All leading to a more conscious, purposeful and overall simple life.