Ridiculously Simple Steps To Transform Your Health (and Life) : Step Twenty One

by Chiropractors Brighton on January 6, 2010

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VOLUNTARY SIMPLICITY

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo da Vinci

As we head into 2010 we continue our steps towards making choices that will transform your health and life. This week our focus is on voluntary simplicity which has been described as a manner of living that is outwardly more simple and inwardly more rich.

Perhaps now, more than at any other time since the fifties, we have the opportunity to consider living a life of simplicity, due to the current economic situation. To lead a life of simplicity we need to eliminate the unnecessary from life. Much of what we focus on is unnecessary. Life can become overwhelming which creates stress and in turn creates discord and ill health. Due to technology we are constantly bombarded with things to buy, places to go, things to do, people to see and unless we make a conscious decision to reject them, we can be drawn into the web. Much of the actual joy of living can be found in every day simplicity and allowing ourselves the space to savour life. Sometimes we are so busy doing, that we lose the essence of our human being….. being present to the small everyday details and finding enjoyment in them.   The simplicity of life, can help us focus on what truly is important.

Making changes requires taking risks which may mean stepping out of the comfort zone, but this is required to enhance our life through simplicity. In 2001 we, as a family (all seven of us) decided to move from New Zealand to the UK, initially for three years (that was nearly nine years ago!) and all we brought with us was a suitcase each. We are still here with that suitcase! Even though our daughter had just celebrated her 13th birthday she had to leave behind gifts she had received one week earlier as they would not fit into the case and although it seemed hard at the time, it has been a valuable experience to discover the freedom of living a life uncluttered and discovering what really is important in life.

Life often seems to be so complex. There is so much choice that it just creates stress trying to choose and the effect of stress on our health is disastrous. Even choosing which mobile phone to buy can become an expedition into stressful territory if all you want is something to turn on and off! Recently we were travelling with some friends and decided to stop for lunch. After finally agreeing on the venue (too many choices!!) we sat down to decide what to eat (choices). I will never forget one of the men who just took one look at the menu (150 choices) and threw the menu in the middle of the table and announced – just serve me food!! Too much choice can cause stress!

There are many benefits to voluntary simplicity which is really an art and a discipline and requires presence of mind to create and after you experience the absolute freedom it gives, you will wonder why you never considered it before!

To help you get started we have suggested some Ridiculously Simple Steps To Transform Your Health (and Life) below and if you are really keen you could consider checking out http://theminimalistpath.com where Dave will lead you through many more ways to create simplicity and a life of minimalism. You will discover how freeing and delightful a life of voluntary simplicity can be.

  1. Possessions take our time and attention and money to maintain. Simplify by having less.
  2. Simple living means eco friendly – you create a smaller carbon footprint and contribute to a greener planet.
  3. Chores, responsibilities, appointments and information all take our time. Consider saying “no”.
  4. Practise eliminating one thing from your household every week that you no longer need or use.
  5. We have less to worry about with a simple life. Trying to maintain everything is often the cause of stress and anxiety which eventually leads to ill health. Let go of the unnecessary.
  6. We can view the world through a new lens by practising simplicity. It is far more beautiful that you could have imagined – have courage to take the first step.
  7. Kick the multi tasking habit – become a single tasker! Enjoy the simplicity.

We know that consumerism is not sustainable, nor are any satisfactions gained from it. Just ask yourself the question “How much of what you are doing and pursuing is going to matter in the long term?” It is usually the least important things that force us to put the truly important on the back burner and in so doing we miss the best things in life and our health eventually suffers. Simplicity is really a path to the good life – taking back control of your life yields such benefits that we urge you to consider taking this week’s Ridiculously Simple Step To Transform Your Health (and Life). You will experience more of all the things in life that really matter!

In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.” ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Your comments and suggestions are invited on this blog post.

Dr Richard McMinn – Brighton and Hove Chiropractor

Dr Helen MartinBrighton and Hove Chiropractor

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Dave - The Minimalist Path January 7, 2010 at 3:38 am

I am honored.

Thank you for mentioning me here. I hope I can help your readers as I have helped you.

If anyone has any questions and or comments, feel free to hit me up over at TheMinimalistPath and @DavidDamron on twitter

David Damron
The Minimalist Path and LifeExcursion

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