Posted on August 29th, 2016
A few days ago my entire neighbourhood lost power for 24 hours. I’d be lying to say that there weren’t some frustrations, particularly not having running water. By the end of it all, however, it actually felt quite refreshing to have a break from the craziness of society. We don’t need to live in complete darkness, but simplifying life does increase happiness.
Yoga and Ayurveda promote simple living. One of the Yamas in Pantanjali’s Yoga Sutras is Apariagraha. Apariagraha relates to non-greediness and non-possessiveness. This sutra can be applied both physically about materials you don’t need, as well as mentally by cleansing environments, thoughts, or people that lower your vibration.
Here are some tips I’ve been following to simplify my life:
I absolutely love Snapchat and Instagram but spending hours on social media disconnects me from the present. Mindless social media can also lead to posting from the ego, caring too much about a false linear narrative, or using it as a source of affirmations to feel better about oneself.
Set a time limit for social media and then log out. When I was young, time on the computer was for a certain period and then the rest of the day was to play and do other activities. In an era that is increasingly connected and on the go, logging out creates more time for stillness. Your eyes will also thank you!
Kapha types are especially prone to keep objects, especially those of sentimental value. Each week find time to go through any old receipts, or other materials that you don’t need. Go through all your electronics and organize any documents, pictures or emails. Make it a monthly priority to go through clothes, old toys and other items that accumulate. Donating things to others is a great way to give back to the community. We feel happier when we share and aren’t greedy.
3. Check in with yourself
Journaling is the best way to get in tune with your self to figure out what makes you happy, as well as what you need to change. Either every Sunday or at the beginning of every month, journal about the environments and people in your life. Identify what is causing unnecessary stress in your life, and then remove yourself from it. Detaching ourselves from a situation doesn’t have to involve being rude or negative, but instead being compassionate by sending light and love, and then using your energy to focus on instilling inner peace.
4. No gossiping
When we talk badly about others we release negative energy that will come back to us. Life is like a boomerang, and the energy you put out is what you shall receive. Cleansing the mind of bad thoughts helps keep your energy light, rather than filling your body with negativity, only hurting yourself. If you find yourself in situations where people are gossiping, be polite and remove yourself from the situation.
Happy simple living! Namaste. xo