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Simplify your life

Posted January 6, 2007

Q. What does it mean to simplify your life? M.O., Boca Raton

A. One of the secrets to living simply is to slow down because the true gifts of life are experienced one moment at a time.

Too many of us are living in anticipation of what is to come. Too many of us are living our lives backward. As Margaret Young said, “We try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what we think will make us happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then, do what you need to do in order to have what you want.”

So what does it mean to be who you really are? First, look at your voracious hungers. Are you a perfectionist, workaholic, shopaholic, foodaholic or an incessant worrier or talker? This is not your essence.

A Danish proverb states, “What you are is God’s gift to you; what you do with yourself is your gift to God.”

Excavate yourself. Dig deeply. Become authentic by cultivating gratitude, harmony, right action, humility and an inner calm. Be loving and kind in your thoughts actions, words and deeds.

It is time to simplify. That means being aware of how you spend money, time, and energy.

Here are a few steps to get you started in simplifying your life.

Start the day with a prayer. Ask God to help you become a better person today.
Un-clutter your space: your home, office and car.
Don’t over commit. Learn to say no.
Turn off the TV.
Live beneath your means.
Listen to your body.
Find a sanctuary.
Be spontaneous.
Begin to savor each moment in “07” -- and know you’ll taste a bit of heaven.

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