The concept of simple living and living well is easy enough:
You embrace what you have, accumulate less, and have more time, energy, and money to spend on what’s truly important to you.
However, if you don’t know what’s truly important, then simple living becomes a bit more complicated, which totally defeats the purpose!
Knowing yourself and staying true to whom you are (or whom you want to be) will help you embrace your life fully and live well with what you have right now.
Using the law of attraction, we attract into our lives all the things we say we want, but on the other hand, we can attract things we don’t want as well.
So not only do we need to be ever vigilant about what we are putting “out there”, but we must be even more vigilant about what is coming into to us from all kinds of sources. From the news we watch or read, to the thousands of commercials we see and hear every day.
From Mass Consumption to Conscious Consumption
As consumers we often accumulate goods without putting much thought into them.
Our consumption is often driven by simply wanting to feel better.
When you know who you are and know what you want, and you stay true to yourself, you will naturally consume less. Instead of allowing impulse shopping to take over, you’re able to stop and ask yourself if the purchase supports you and your desired lifestyle or if the purchase is only a salve to make you feel better in the moment.
To Stay True, You Have to Know Yourself First
Living well with what you have means that you are grateful for the material items as well as the people already in your life.
It also means that you love yourself.
To be able to get to a point where you love yourself and can surround yourself with people and things that support you, you have to actually take the time to get to know yourself very well.
You have to know what your strengths and your weaknesses are. Knowing your weaknesses, without dwelling on them, is essential to knowing who you are – ALL of you. Looking at the whole of you – without criticism – is the only way that you’ll be able to create a life that suits you.
Gratitude also plays a significant role in living well with what you have. Instead of always wanting and needing more, you can be grateful for what you already have.
Does it bring you joy?
Marie Kondo, in her book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” advises that if you want to buy something new or to keep something you already have, hold it in your hands and feel if it brings joy to you or not. If it brings joy, it is a good match for your vibrations and feelings, and you can feel free to buy it or keep it.
Staying true to yourself does require a great deal of awareness. You have to be able to listen to your instincts, your thoughts, and most of all, your feelings. You have to be able to sort any temporary emotions (the ones that say that you absolutely must buy that new pair of shoes or shirt) from the vision that you have for yourself and your life.
Every day you’re bombarded by distractions and messages that are often contrary to your vision for your future. You’ll be told that all the cool people have the new phone or wear designer shoes or have granite countertops.
It can wear you down if you don’t really know who you are, what makes YOU happy, and what YOU want from this life.
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Publisher of Great Living Today, your one-stop source for greater living featuring tips, techniques, and programs in the areas of health & wellness, wealth, time management, business, love, relationships, and happiness. Marty is a life, business, and wellness coach helping his clients to live their best lives.