Posts Tagged ‘live simply in 2019’

Live Simply In 2019: December Mantra, Be Light

  After I moved out of my parents’ house, there was a time when returning for visits was terribly depressing. Everything that’s hard about being there (chronic illness and the chaos that goes along with it) would smack me in the face upon entry, and I would wilt away like lettuce. Eventually, I realized my…

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Live Simply In 2019: November Mantra, Forgive Past Mistakes

  Forgiveness is a spiritual reset button. “Begin again,” Forgiveness instructs. Release the offenses incurred, the standards unmet, the judgments rendered. View the situation, or that person, or yourself with compassion. Remember that everyone, including yourself, is sorting through hardships, and (probably!) doing their best to play the hand given. Begin (forgive) again, and again,…

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Live Simply in 2019: October Mantra, Embrace Change

I can’t be totally sure, but I’ve heard rumblings that there are people out there who naturally embrace change. The same thing over and over again starts to feel boring, stifling. They take it upon themselves to move to new cities, get new jobs, make drastic decisions at the hair salon. I envy those folks.…

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Live Simply in 2019: September Mantra, Strive For Excellence

If perfection were possible, we would have attained it by now. If telling ourselves perfection is an impossible goal were enough to convince us to cease striving to attain it, we would have given up long ago. Yet so many of us (myself included) continue to want perfection, and live with the constant disappointment of…

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Live Simply in 2019, August Mantra: Heed Your Intuition

My first introductions to intuition came from spiritual leaders and self-help writers. “Your intuition is that little voice inside you,” they all told me. “It has all the answers.” I took their explanations to mean that there ought to be an oracle dwelling within me, a psychic on constant speed dial who, from their descriptions,…

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Live Simply in 2019, July Mantra: Release Expectations

  We’re a demanding group of people; have you noticed? We want precisely what we want at the moment we desire it, hold strongly preconceived notions about how long getting what we want should take, how much it will cost, and how much effort it will require. These expectations are so often fulfilled according to…

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Live Simply in 2019, March Mantra: Re-Examine The Familiar

Most of us yearn for familiarity. All we want is the safety and security that comes after routines have been established, relationships have been solidified, and the terrifying phase of the unknown has transformed into the familiar. Our brains, in attempts to conserve energy, begin to ignore what has been deemed non-threatening to survival. It’s…

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Live Simply in 2019, February Mantra: Stick To Your Systems

Conceived during moments of epiphany, revelation, and ambition, the systems we build into and for our lives become integral to our overall functioning. We design them (or have them designed) because we need them in place in order to go about the business of being our best selves. Without systems, our lives are chaotic. The…

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