Simplicity can take on a lot of different meanings. The power of simplicity can “simply” mean being able to rid ourselves of distractions and any unnecessary stuff in our lives.
Much of this can be accomplished over a weekend or a few days of cleaning out closets and the garage, and then having a yard sale and/or selling a few things on eBay or Amazon. A good cleaning out of the excess stuff is our life does not only free up space in our homes, but also in our minds.
Uncluttering Our Mind
When we create space in any way, we free ourselves to think more clearly, as well as open up avenues to receive new things and ideas. Holding on to stuff restricts us, while letting go empowers us to move forward and experience new things.
In order to think clearly and be more productive in the areas of our lives which we desire to improve, we must clear away old assumptions and beliefs which are no longer useful to us. This is how we create a viewpoint which empowers our goals, and ignores anything which distracts.
Physically cleaning our house is not only a metaphor for cleaning our minds of limiting ideas, but actually works to give us a much better outlook and a feeling of accomplishment. Once we have let enough stuff go both internally and externally, we actually “feel” free. We now have created the space from which to move forward toward our desired outcomes.
Too Simple to be Understood
Many of life’s jewels of wisdom seem too simplistic, and we just take them for granted by saying stuff like, “I already know that”. It is at this very point where we can so easily be trapped by our mind. By saying we know something without getting the desired results through effective application of that knowledge, we doom ourselves to repeating the same mistakes over again, and then wonder why we have not reached our desired destination.
The solution to this is also very simple, but requires us to stay focused and present so that we not only understand but apply the solution. The solution is to complete each step of our journey before moving on to the next step, and then just rinse and repeat the process until we arrive where we desire.
This is much too simple to not only be understood, but applied effectively. Our minds will “trick” us into believing we already know how to do this stuff and it will just work out by itself.
The problem with this is unless we have programmed ourselves correctly in the first place, we will just repeat our old thoughts and actions as before, and get the same less than desired results. This is such a subtle process and so easily to get trapped.
The key is to become Aware of what is going on and make new Conscious Choices. This takes a little work at the beginning to pay attention to what we are thinking and how we react, but over time, with consistent observation and staying alert and present, we can break free of this habitual state.
No One Said It Was Easy
Breaking free from habitual patterns of thought can really be a challenge at first, because it is so easy to slip back into old patterns. It requires a commitment and persistence to achieve.
Even though it will be a struggle for awhile to create new thought patterns which bring your desired results, it is so very worth it, as once you break through the self created barriers or self constructed prison, the “very same energy” used to imprison ourselves is now used to create whatever we consciously desire.
I encourage all who desire to grow and expand in any or all areas of their lives to use Presence and Observation to carve out a new and rewarding life full of adventure and new experiences.
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May you Break Free from anything that limits you!