So what does it mean to live simply and why does it matter?
It’s not a minimalist trend that you may be thinking of, but rather, it has more to do with how we were created and calls for a complete mindset shift to get back to the original state of existence we had in the Garden of Eden.
For this purpose, I am going to define simple living as living free from the things the world loves and living as simply a with a focus on living a life of purpose and intention in everything you do.
This means rather than pursuing wealth or ease or glory or power –rather than building our empire you may be thinking, but rather, it has more to do with how we were created and calls for a complete mindset shift to get back to the original state of existence we had in the Garden of Eden.
It is also a life of joyful unconcern for possessions and the one thing that sufficiently reorients our lives so that possessions can be genuinely enjoyed without destroying you.
Living a simple life is an inward attitude reflected in an outward lifestyle. Simply put, I would describe simplicity as the ability to not allow my life to be chained to too many things, whether status, possessions, activities, or responsibilities. When you embrace simplicity, you’re no longer influenced by the values of society. You can follow your conscience, without concern for appearance.
WHAT LIVING A SIMPLE LIFE INVOLVES
The more possessions, power, and control people have, the more people see them as being wealthy and successful. But even with all the possessions in the world, there never seems to be peace with it – but hard relentless work, time away from your loved ones, and hardly any peace.
There are three main attitudes related to having possessions that lead to peace. The anxiety of having to protect, hide and keep MY things safe from those who want to steal from you.
Once you begin to cultivate these inner attitudes, what might the outer expression of this renewing of your mind, you will begin to see the following attitudes manifesting in how you perceive material things you’ll:
- begin to buy things for their usefulness rather than their status
- begin to reject anything that is producing an addiction in you
- develop a habit of giving things away
- refuse to be propagandized by the custodians of modern gadgetry
- learn to enjoy things without owning them
- develop a deeper appreciation for the creation
- look with a healthy skepticism at all “buy now, pay later” schemes
- reject anything that breeds the oppression of others
Benefits of My Simple Lifestyle
The following are just some of the benefits of simplifying your life:
- Simplicity teaches self-control, especially in delayed gratification. I don’t have to have everything, and I don’t have to have everything now.
- Simplicity teaches generosity. When I don’t hold tightly to my possessions, I find I don’t need as much and I am more apt to give to others.
- Simplicity teaches contentment. If I train myself to live with less, I am content with what I have and I won’t fret as much about what I don’t have.
- Simplicity teaches gratitude. Owning too much causes us to take what we have for granted. Abundance lessens the value of what we have. We have so much, we begin to tune it out and even forget where we have certain things we once thought were precious to us. Our focus on stuff can distract us from taking the time to stand in wonder at God’s natural creation.
- Simplicity teaches compassion for those who cannot have much but live in a world that taunts them with all that they could have. My simple lifestyle will make me more approachable to those who don’t have much and will demonstrate that it is possible to live without all the extras the world wants to convince us that we need.
- Simplicity teaches attention to God. Having a lot of stuff means I need to care for that stuff. When I don’t have a lot, I have more time to focus on my worship, relationship, and service to God.
- Opens your eyes to the important things in life
- Brings you a more peace-filled life
- Your finances improve
- You naturally avoid overreacting.
- Living a simple lifestyle allows you to see the reality of the situation more easily. Your mind is less stressed because it has less to worry about. It is easier to make a wise decision when you know your principles in life. You only say yes when you can and firmly say no when you can’t or don’t want to.
- You strengthen your health. By focusing on what’s most important, your stress levels are lowered and your health improves. Ongoing endless stress leads to depression. People who live a simple life focus on their health and watch carefully what they put inside their bodies.
- Your relationships become deeper and more meaningful
You might choose to have fewer friends, but the friends you have will be much closer. It’s easier to focus on the other person when your life is more straightforward. The interaction is also sincerer since you’re free of the need to impress them. Choose people in your life whom you can trust.
- · Simplicity and freedom go hand in hand
The more things you own, the more responsibilities you have, the more you need to service your ego, and the less freedom you enjoy. You will find that simple things such as walking, looking at the clouds, and smelling flowers can make you so happy. A simple life gives you freedom from issues in life that should not be of major concern.
- A simple life provides freedom. You learn more about yourself. When you’re not distracting yourself with electrical gadgets and stressed about becoming a CEO before the age of 40, you have the time and mental space to learn more about yourself. You have time to reflect and be grateful for what you already have.
- Your life is less cluttered Fewer possessions and commitments result in less clutter. This means you’ll spend less time cleaning and organizing. Naturally, you’ll have more free time at your disposal. Imagine not having to spend so much time keeping your life organized and dealing with everything you don’t need or want.
- You can be true to yourself and your values Modern society is focused on many things that don’t lead to happiness and fulfillment.
- More free time. How will you spend all the extra time you’ll enjoy as a benefit of living a simple life? This is one of the greatest benefits of simple living.
It can be hard to learn to relax when you’re used to running around trying to get everything done.
But free time is a gift that only a few truly appreciate.
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