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  1. Nina

    This is a work in progress…by decluttering and purchasing less useless items that end up in the landfill.

    3 years ago
  2. KC

    By pausing often enough, with intention, for connect with and focus on what really matters, and letting go of the rest – one breath, step, day at a time …

    3 years ago
  3. Mary Pat

    By continuing to go through my stuff and get rid of things I don’t need. We have lived in this house for 22 years, and it shows! I have been going through things for months, a little at a time, and now am seeing alot of headway. So….I am continuing…I am looking at everything from wooden spoons to oven thermometers, and donating things we don’t need anymore. It is incredible the stuff I saved because maybe one of my children would need it someday(they have said no, they are doing the same thing)or maybe I would need it eventually. Nope. Someone will benefit from this, and that makes me very happy.

    3 years ago
  4. Malag

    Let me focus on the “stuff” part of this question. It’s been gnawing at me to tackle: the stuff I neither need nor want; the stuff I might someday need and am holding it just in case; the stuff that has some sentimental attachment that I can decouple from the sentiment and send on its way. Yup this has been gnawing away.

    3 years ago
    1. Mary Pat

      Yes! Me, too.

      3 years ago
  5. B
    Brown Rose

    Become a minimalist.

    3 years ago
  6. Kelli M

    Living more simply is about choosing what to say yes to, being okay with resting, and knowing that I am enough.

    3 years ago
  7. mam_gigi

    I think I could mind my own business more often. I tend to be a little codependent with my relatives, always checking up on them and getting caught up in their drama, when it would be better to accept that I can’t change them or their situation, they have to do it themselves, and I should just focus on finding peace and tending to my own issues.

    3 years ago
  8. MEG

    By finding our/own flow, in the process of letting go and in the letting in, with simplicity.

    3 years ago
  9. d
    db82258

    stop thinking about it 😏

    3 years ago
  10. Lou Mu

    Two ways-
    1. Lower the bar. Stop letting high expectations create unnecessary complexities and frustrations.
    2. Just say no. No further reason or explanation required.

    3 years ago
    1. mam_gigi

      I agree that being overly perfectionistic or competitive just adds more pressure and frustration rather than peace and comfort. This is something I have always struggled with.

      3 years ago
  11. Don Jones

    I am not sure it is about simple. For me, it is more about living authentically. Simplicity may be an outcome but not the cause.

    3 years ago
  12. diane venus

    By only reading 1 book at a time
    by joining clutterersanon

    3 years ago
    1. mam_gigi

      I struggle with this, but definitely think that I would finish more books if I focused on one at a time.

      3 years ago
  13. Linda

    I think my husband and I live fairly simply. We are both retired, have a smaller place than before, don’t need to buy business clothing any more, so our clothing needs are simple. We do buy high quality food but we eat less than we did when we were working. All in all, it is a nice way to live.

    3 years ago
    1. Kelli M

      I really love this – I am just starting to live on my own and i am prioritizing high quality food that feel good for my body… focusing on the “simple”, less “processed” foods.

      3 years ago
  14. Sandra

    Kevin has captured this one for me: “It’s about living simply in heart, Spirit, and space…”

    For me at this time, living simply in heart and Spirit is the key. Clearing my head and my heart of heaviness and doubt. Filling the space created with love and kindness. Noticing and celebrating the small joys, bringing them into the light and allowing them to shine and to grow. Choosing to focus on the good. Choosing to live gratefully.

    3 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      lovely, Sandra.

      3 years ago
  15. Hot Sauce

    Maybe when I clean up my room a bit, I can go through my stuff and see what I want to get rid of. I honestly have a lot of clutter that I don’t really need or even really want, for that matter. Also, I dream of living in a tiny home once I get my own place.

    3 years ago
  16. Elaine

    Pandemic times have been a tutorial in simple living. Social and entertainment opportunities have been minimal and revealed that I am more attuned to the essentials when I do less. I resonate with Holly’s comment equating simple living to focussing on the basics. On the other hand, I am easily distracted and attracted to stimuli so it’s always going to be a dance!

    3 years ago
    1. Elaine

      I need to add that living simply does not mean living small. Living the Great Fullness or living from our largeness is our birthright!

      3 years ago
    2. Kevin

      Elaube, I love the last sentence. It resonated deeply with me. You found words for what I knew but could not express. Thank you

      3 years ago
  17. Mica

    Do I want to live more simply? No. My covid-locked-down life is quite simple enough. I want to spend more of my time in useful pursuits such as quilting, but I don’t want to do that strongly enough to actually put this plan into practice.

    3 years ago
  18. Nicki

    Living simply is just as much about de-cluttering my mind as it is about de-cluttering my space. I’ve kept up the process of de-cluttering space for a few years now; my mind still needs more work. I am working on – through daily habits and practices – being more mindful of what I give away my attention to, not giving it away to things that don’t matter so much, and staying more focused on things that feed the spirit.

    3 years ago
  19. Carol

    This question has been rolling around in my head for two hours. It’s definitely tied to the need to “let go” but not just let go of stuff. It’s about letting go of anything that keeps me from going with the flow. Life is process not product and that is something I need to remind myself daily. In 12-Step circles they have a saying, “Keep it Simple, Stupid!” Mother Nature cries “Come and See.” What the world needs now is not love. Human Nature is capable of displaying love quite readily. What we as a species lack is Wisdom. If I want to live more simply, I know I must pray for Wisdom, forsake the duality that is driven by fear, forfeit willfulness for willingness not only for myself but for all human kind. I must pray that we all learn to let go of egoic-power-seeking thinking.

    Richard Rohr says, “The sequence, without being too clever, goes something like this: we compare, we copy, we compete, we conflict, we conspire, we condemn, and we crucify. If we do not recognize some variation of this pattern within ourselves and put an end to it [let it go]in the early stages, it is almost inevitable. That is why spiritual teachers of any depth will always teach simplicity of lifestyle and freedom from the competitive power game, which is where it all begins.”

    I was researching my journals this morning for writings on “simplicity” and was drawn to a phrase I wrote in 2016:
    “A journey is from point A to point B.
    A pilgrimage is from moment to moment.”

    Life is trustworthy so may we all pray for the wisdom to let go, let it be, go with the flow. Let us all keep it simple and pray for wisdom moment to moment. Decisions based in wisdom are empowering…very different from power-seeking.

    I close this sharing with a wisdom poem by Asta Fleur Love

    There is a simplicity in creation which aches to be understood without human interpretations.
    A harmony that exists in all living things, which cannot be contained in doctrines that seek to bind and restrain.
    Nor mimicked by rituals and symbols which serve as bondages of obligation.
    How can we understand this simplicity, if four walls are keeping us locked inside?
    Inside our own biases and self righteousness? Inside our ego?
    We have come to complicate what is meant to be simple.
    Like standing outside beneath a canvas of blue and feeling the atmosphere whisper Love.
    Or reverently holding a leaf, crafted by the hands of Love.
    Do you see?
    We are everywhere surrounded by the Creator of creation.
    All we touch and smell and see has first been touched by the hands of Love.
    That is the harmony in all living things.
    And that is the simplicity in creation we are called to understand.
    Asta Fleur Love

    3 years ago
  20. Mike

    The first impulse in response to the notion of living simply is to get rid of things, as many have said here. But one can get all frenetic by Marie Kondo-ing one’s life too. I think Kevin’s take on living simply helps balance the notion of decluttering with a focus on process. Very helpful and, as he suggests, a continual challenge. Being 18 months into retirement, I am working on both aspects this idea.

    3 years ago
  21. JayJacks

    I struggle with fear of being judged by others. I can be mindful of that, less reactive, and focus more on just being present instead of what others think.

    3 years ago
  22. Holly in Ohio

    I’m working on it! For me it is a process.
    First I had to get clear about what were needs and what were wants, and of the wants (like creative pursuits or books) I was going to include in my life and what I would pare away and pass on.
    Then I started editing, not just things but actions, even thoughts (negative thoughts). This year I am checking my habits, that they match the simpler life I am making. Meditate, walk, garden, make food, fix things, be kind, listen, knit or sew, read. Soon again it may include a job, too. It may be that simple is different for different people, but for me simple is focused around the basic activities needed to live a calmer life less dependent on shops, money, and pleasing others, less fuss, more joy.

    3 years ago
    1. pkr

      Yes, less fuss, more joy. Love that Holly. I must remember this as this new year gets rolling. Happy New Year to You. 🙏❤️

      3 years ago
      1. Holly in Ohio

        Happy New Year to you, too, pkr!!! ❤☺

        3 years ago
  23. Katrina

    What Antoinette said…

    3 years ago
  24. devy

    By appreciating what i have particularly the « basics » .. a roof over my head, food on my plate, clothing on my back. I already show gratitude, don’t buy clothing unless I really need them, try to live making little impact on the environment as much as possible.

    3 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      thank you, devy!

      3 years ago
  25. Journey

    -By buying only what I need
    -Giving away things I don’t use or don’t like
    -Having more good old fashioned phone conversations instead of watsapp chats
    -By posting less on social media

    3 years ago
  26. v
    valgxmes

    Living simply means to me that you need to start becoming at peace with yourself, accept who you are, be yourself, find your passion, and do what you love.

    3 years ago
  27. Maurice Frank

    Two areas: stuff and activity. Think long and hard before acquiring any physical object. Consider reusing something I already have. Ask myself if I really want to accept an invite to do something, especially if I already have something to do just before (limit consecutive events).

    3 years ago
    1. Mica

      Consecutive events – I like that, Maurice Frank – to limit those occurrences. That served me well early last month.

      3 years ago
  28. Marnie Jackson

    Enjoying each moment as it comes

    3 years ago
  29. EJP

    By freeing my heart from hatred, freeing my mind from worries, expecting less and enjoying every moment.

    3 years ago
  30. Kevin

    Living simply is about living with less stuff. It’s about living simply in heart, Spirit, and space, and that’s not simply done, either.

    3 years ago
    1. Michele

      perfectly stated, thank you:)

      3 years ago
    2. Carol

      Thank you, Kevin..

      3 years ago
  31. Antoinette

    I can live more simply by letting go of buying things I don’t actually need! By letting myself know that I have enough already and that desire to get or have something new is something to let go of.

    3 years ago
  32. Michele

    I can live more simply by not buying as much ‘material’ things, start to grow my own veges – although having a garden I know is time consuming.

    3 years ago
    1. Holly in Ohio

      You would love doing this, Michele.
      When my husband was a single parent of four kids, he worked full time, would get up in the morning, put in a load of laundry, iron the kids school uniforms and his own work clothes, prep for dinner, hang the laundry on a line, get the kids to school, go to work, come home and put dinner on, GARDEN for about 15-20 minutes, go pick up the kids, get the laundry off the line, feed them dinner………..

      I don’t know how he did it! But one thing I learned from that is that you CAN garden your veg in just 15 minutes a day. REALLY.. And if you spend much time than that on a home garden, then you are either growing too many vegetables than you can eat, or your doing something strange! lol. About 250 square feet is all you need until you do corn and berries, and you can start with less than 250, too. Seed catalogues are out now… just sayin’! 😄🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱

      3 years ago
      1. Michele

        Thanks Holly. I love planting flowers … I just want to start with something small… I’m not a tomato person (although I love salsa, lol). I’m Irish so I’m feeling potatoes, garlic, root ones maybe. no idea.

        3 years ago
      2. Patricia

        Seed catalogs get us through the winter, don’t they?! Signs of hope and belief in the future!

        3 years ago
        1. Holly in Ohio

          Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😄 I will be starting seeds in my basement soon, too!!! 🌱🌱🌱

          3 years ago
    2. Antoinette

      Wow Michele you grow all your own veggies ? Good for you !

      3 years ago
      1. Michele

        no, i do not have a garden, this is something i would like to start… start with something small at first.

        3 years ago
  33. Christine

    Am I looking forward to something, or am I not?
    If I’m not looking forward to something at all, I try to avoid it. For example: I avoid a party with loud music or I avoid people I don’t feel comfortable with.
    I avoid to do something that is not good for my health at all. So I live a pretty simple, but satisfied life.

    3 years ago
    1. Journey

      Love this Christine. Thank you!

      3 years ago

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