Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials. — Lin Yutang
The holiday season has passed and we are all into the New Year with new goals, new dreams, and perhaps a renewed yearning for a simpler approach to life and its activities.
To simplify. What does that mean to you?
Let’s start your exploration with some basics~
- Gift yourself with at least thirty minutes of quiet, personal time each day. Is your life so full and complicated that the thought of 30 minutes of quiet time makes you shudder and throw up your hands? All the more reason to invest that time in your well being! Perhaps you can get up 30 minutes before your typical household activity begins. Perhaps you can find a quiet, private place during your lunch break or before bed.
- Sit comfortably and quietly with your eyes closed and allow yourself to visualize what you would like your life to look like. If your life is full of activities and you really had to stretch to find this most valuable quiet time you may find that you need to gently dismiss some of the thoughts that try to jump into your little recess ~ gently tell them to move on and focus back on your picture of that great life you intend to create. Be patient with yourself … this will become easier.
- Create as many details as possible in your picture. Do you want to be on stage speaking to an attentive audience? Visualize yourself being introduced and walking onto the stage. Then see yourself at the podium, glancing at your notes, and looking out to that group of people there to hear your presentation. . . You’re On! Does your dream include your family on a lovely beach? Then be sure to feel your feet on that sand and the water lapping over your toes – and don’t forget that gorgeous big beach hat as you watchyour children building sand castles! Don’t think about the past and don’t give a moment to the future – see yourself in a present time.
- Need help? Jump- start your visualization by asking yourself questions like, “How do I visualize my career?” “What is my vision of my bank account balance?” “What is my vision of my vitality, health, and activity?” “What kind of vacations do I see myself taking?” Accept any idea that comes into your mind – after all, these are your innermost yearnings, no one else’s.
- Write your thoughts from this personal dream trip in your own journal. Even if you don’t think you have a thing to write down, just start writing ~ you’ll be surprised at what you record. When you have given yourself this personal gift of time to explore your innermost thoughts and dreams you very often discover some priceless nuggets of wisdom to urge you on to the very best you can create with the least amount of effort!
Happy Visualizing ~ Part II of Simplifying Your Life coming soon!