Simplicity means the achievement of maximum effect with minimum means.
— Dr. Koichi Kawana
Our challenge to you this month is to LIVE CONSCIOUSLY – to begin to create a GAP for reflection, to begin to notice what brings you alive, to start to pay attention to your life.
The concept of taking a GAP is a moment in time to Gain Another Perspective. That GAP can be the space between a stimulus and a reaction, a pause to enable you to make the choice as to how you will respond; and that GAP could also be the space in your life to think about the life you’re living, to live consciously, rather than numbly going through the motions feeling disengaged and disconnected. The GAP may even include the freeing up of physical space, clearing out the clutter, in order to live a simpler, free-er life. It may be that the clutter you need to clear out is not only in your physical space, but also occupies emotional space, mental space, or social space.
“Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb nail,” (62) Thoreau advises in Walden.
Although the words date back to 1854, the message sounds astonishingly modern: accumulate less but live more consciously.
Live with less but more deliberately.
In our next blog, we look at ways to de-clutter and simplify your physical space. Until then, become more consciously aware and enjoy the space to reflect, to notice, and to simply “BE”.
Liz and Jules
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