Conscious Simplicity, is a phrase that I stumbled across recently.
It was one of those moments where the words leap right off the screen and almost smack you.
I immediately wrote them down in my planner, not wanting to forget the phrase, because it just felt that important. One of those moments when the universe is telling you to pay attention.
The more that I looked at those words over the next couple of days, the more clearly I knew that I needed to know more!
So what did I learn?
"Simplicity is not about deprivation. Simplicity is about greater appreciation for things that really matter."
Conscious Simplicity, is about combining simplicity with the practice of mindfulness; conscious choice rather than autopilot or worse indifference. Choosing all of the people, experiences, and stuff that you bring into your life with intention. And embracing meaningful actions, experiences and encounters.
Like minimalism, it is partially about clearing the clutter – both physical and mental. But, unlike minimalism, it’s not about how little you can live with or how sparse your home décor is.
Rather consciously choosing to keep what brings you Joy. If a collage wall of your travel photos brings a smile and reminds you of all your wonderful travels, then hang them. If a giant bowl of rocks reminds you of all the places you collected them, display it, If your grandmother’s tea cup reminds you of her, bring them out of the cupboard and place it where you can see it.
“When we remove the clutter, we make room to be creative, inspired and productive.”
Clear out anything that you find distracting. If it’s not something you can remove completely, then find a place for it out of sight - out of sight, out of mind.
"The absence of anything annoying or emotionally overwhelming; taking pleasure from the presence of gentle, soothing things."
While you are at it, declutter your email and social media notifications … hit unsubscribe.
Nothing will ruin the moment faster than a dinging phone!
Conscious simplicity is also about simple, uncomplicated relationships with people you love to spend time with; people who lift you up, light your soul, and are perfectly happy just being with you – no matter where you are.
It’s about cooking simple meals with whole foods for the people you love because it will nourish them (and you); it’s about not rushing through life, but slowing down and enjoying every moment.
It’s about putting a stop to over committing yourself; strive for less busy-ness. Block self-care into your calendar; set aside 1-2 hours everyday that are completely wide open and unscheduled – free time. Learn to say No. Delegate – you don’t have to do everything yourself.
Start single-tasking, put your focus wholly on one task at a time. Being completely present and enjoying that task with your whole heart.
It’s about having time to enjoy a walk outside, curl up with a good book, or watch a movie with your family; meditate or move your body in a way that brings you joy.
Making deeper, more joyful connections. Choosing quality over quantity in ALL aspects of your life. Seeking experiences that are deeply meaningful.
Remember to start small – pick 3 areas of your life to focus on first so that you don’t feel overwhelmed.
Practice mindfulness along the way.
Expect some discomfort – if free time is causing you anxiety because you feel like your “should” be doing something, choose self-care.
“All great changes are preceded by chaos.”
Don’t overthink it – there is no “right way” to do this. It’s what feels right for you, and aligns with why your wanted to move towards a simpler life in the first place.
I don't know about you, but this definately sounds like part of holistic living to me ... and it sounds like a positively wonderful way to live my life.
Brien-anne RMT, CA
I am passionate not only about Massage Therapy & Aromatherapy, but also living a holistic lifestyle and empowering others to do the same!