Five Ways to Simplify Your Daily Living
Yogi Aaron and Nicole Tovar
|Yogi Aaron, author ofhis newly released Autobiography of a Naked Yogi is the coowner of Blue Osa Yoga Retreat and Spa, where he brings passion and adventure to countless students through his teachings and lectures.|
SOCIEDAD Y CULTURA
As our daily schedules become busier and our to-do lists grow longer, little by little we over-complicate our daily existence. We become conditioned into finding ways to keep busy, tricking ourselves into believing that this is in some way a meaningful life—when in reality we have actually forgotten how to live.
Do you remember who you were before the world told you who to be?
It’s easy to mistake somebody else’s hopes and dreams for our own. We are all often guilty of living our lives to impress others, striving to meet what we see as their expectations and standards. By remembering what it is that WE want from life, we can let go of the person people expect us to be, and surrender ourselves to becoming the person we were meant to be.
The meaning of a simple life varies according to different people. For me, it is the concept of surrendering my inhibitions and appreciating the moment just as it is.
Although you can achieve personal fulfillment through an active lifestyle, you should also seek to achieve inner peace and joy through the simple pleasures of life. I’m not suggesting that you shirk your commitments. Instead, simplify your goals and slow down so you can experience the essential beauties of life.
Here are 5 ways you can lead a simpler, Zen-filled daily life:
- Are material possessions really worth it?
It’s very easy to form attachments to our material belongings, phones, laptops, televisions, design clothing and accessories. We are all guilty of wanting the latest iPhone or buying something simply to add to our existing clutter. Shopping can even become an obsession. Ask yourself, out of all of your material possessions, which ones are really essential for you to be happy? As the say the saying goes: if it doesn’t bring you joy or happiness, get rid of it.
- Reconsider who is truly good for you.
If we constantly hang out with people who we feel we need to impress, we risk missing out on making friends with people who may truly care about us. There’s no need to surround yourself with people who don’t return your love. It’s your choice who is really worthy of your time. Shed those people who don’t have a positive influence on your life.
- Give up control.
Striving for perfection all the time can be stressful. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to meet arbitrary standards and then freak out when things don’t go according to plan. Instead of stressing out about the results, try to simplify and enjoy your journey. There’s nothing wrong with having dreams and goals, but try welcoming deviations to the path and be open to the changes and opportunities that may fall your way as a result.
- Enjoy the simple moments.
We can easily get caught up in our busy work schedules and have less time to indulge in activities we enjoy in our spare time. When was the last time you read a book by the water, or took a long hot bath with your favorite music? Maybe it’s time to invest in some you time.
- Smile and breath.
We all know life won’t always be filled with rainbows and unicorns, but when we encounter these testing moments life throws our way, it’s important to simply smile and breath. We can get too serious about life, often taking things so personally that it can sometimes pay to simply turn the corners of your mouth upward. Take a nice, deep breath and let it all go.
Enjoy your journey to simplicity
It’s all a process, and even though we cannot escape completely from our responsibilities, there are better ways to manage our everyday living in a more beneficial and peaceful way. Remember to take it all one step at a time and to try and enjoy wherever your path leads you.
What is your meaning of perfect?
We all have different ideas of what constitutes the concept ‘perfect.’ Since we were children we have been conditioned to strive for perfection in all that we do. This more often than not leads to disappointment. Remember that nobody is perfect. By accepting that perfection concept is an unattainable goal we are again able to simplify our lives.
“Live simply so that others may simply live.” –Mahatma Gandhi