People sometimes ask me, “What are the best affirmations for practicing simplicity?” Although we try to make it complex, the essence of life is simplicity. Being a good parent to your children, having a loving relationship with your partner, feeling needed by others—it is these fundamental requirements for love and appreciation that nurture the human spirit.
The theme of simplicity is repeated over and over in the great spiritual teachings. Jesus tells us that “unless you become as little children, you cannot enter the kingdom of God.” To receive the truth, we must make ourselves like a child—open, accepting and trusting. Too often, however, we get lost in the hectic pace of modern life and lose touch with our real priorities.
Look at your own life. Has it become overly complex? Have you found yourself burdened by too many possessions or responsibilities? Take a deep breath and ask yourself, “What steps can I take to reduce the clutter so that I may live simply and joyously?”
Think how little it takes to lift up your spirits—a smile from your child, an unexpected day of sunny weather, a cold drink on a hot afternoon. As you learn to simplify your life, you will experience a freedom of the soul and lightness of heart. These priceless gifts are yours when you learn to focus on what is truly essential.
1. It’s a gift to be simple; it’s a gift to be free.
2. I follow my heart wherever it takes me.
3. I release all extra baggage from my life.
4. I feel light and joyous
5. I take delight in the simplest of things; even the ordinary gives me pleasure.
Words to Consider
“Our life is fritted away by detail … Simplify, simplify.” –Thoreau
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