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Monday, November 18, 2013

pursuing the simple life..... a manifesto

This popped up on my Facebook page Saturday and it is right up my alley.



I would have to say it pretty much sums up my philosophy. 

I am trying to eat less and healthier.

I am moving more by walking.

I am buying less and buying as many previously owned things as possible.

I need to get back to making more.

I am meditating more, which helps me to stress less.

I am finding ways to laugh more, even when the day seems like it has gone in the sewer.

I am feeling blessed every day. I do this by thinking of all the wonderful things I have in my life. 

I am feeling love more. How could I not when I know that I have three amazing grandchildren who love me.

And yes, every day I find a quiet spot and just breathe. I put away the computer, I turn off the TV, I close my book, and I just sit and breathe or meditate. 

For me, nothing beats simple living. What are you doing that simplifies your life?



 

16 comments:

  1. Laura, I sure need to life by that list. A lot of us could and should. Old habits are truly hard to break. xoxo, Susie

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  2. I am trying to follow these same guidelines. In the past several years, my life has been so hectic tat it began to get me down and I rarely had time to enjoy anything. At the moment, it's still very hectic, but I made up my mind that from now on I am going to do things more at my own pace instead of trying to please everyone else. I am purposely seeking peace throughout my day. It has made such a huge difference so far! I think I'm on the right track and hope it will continue to get better and better.

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  3. I've been going back to daily Bible reading...making sure to have that quiet time

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  4. I like that message too! I have recently started back doing yoga. I was walking one day, then yoga the next etc. until it got too cold. I need to get back out there on pretty days though. Fresh air and walking really rejuvenates me. The yoga is a great stress reliever and good for my arthritic issues.

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  5. I need to focus more on these things. I've been so busy I've let the stress build up again. Thanks for the wonderful reminder to just breathe!!

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  6. we need to remind ourselves of just those things. You are so right.

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  7. I really like this post. For my own pursuit of simplicity I am clearing out a lot of not only my stuff but the things I inherited from my grandmother. I'm in a house filled with too many things, however beloved, and it was getting to be way too much to maintain. I've been experiencing a lot of joy by sharing these things with others who will actually use them instead of just 'saving' them for a later special occasion.

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  8. I get very anxious when things start to pile up. In your last post the "be productive but calm" advice was like a balm. I will be using it as a mantra. Losing the anxiety will simplify things a lot. Thank you.

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  9. LOVE this!!! Something to strive for...

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  10. That's beautiful, and should be on a wall in every home.

    Jen

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  11. I really like this! I am trying to stay consistent with my quiet/prayer time in the morning. Embracing each new day with gratitude..

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  12. Trying to live this way, too. It's getting easier. :)
    xo, T.

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  13. I need to simplify more, Laura. Although I will say that I don't buy like I used to...and I make stuff more than I used to, too. However, I am on a dead run a lot of the time and THAT is NOT a good thing. Good for you for doing it right- xo Diana

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  14. This is a smart manifesto!
    I am buying less and using what I already have.
    I do need to slow down and take more quiet time!

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  15. Laure, I love this and it so accurate!!

    Cynthia

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  16. I still have to work on the "stress less" part!

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