Posted by: Rose Tol, R&I Life Coaching, February 22, 2013, Simplifying in Life Coaching
Today many of us suffer from the complexity of life, from the daunting thick manuals for our cell phones to the intricate mechanisms of the world economy that made us loose money on the stock exchange (although we were told it is easy to get rich with stocks!)
We suffer because of the unspoken demand for “more, more, more” in our environment.
Happiness is often felt as “having more, having something extra”. Simplifying however is essentially a non-doing. It is the opposite of demand. It is the opposite of pressure. It is the opposite of complicated.
It is an ability that you have already inside of you.
Going “back to simplicity” is not a going back in time. It is not going back to the good old times or going back to nature. The journey is a forward motion, making the changes that lie before you and inside of you that move you towards simplicity.
When we gather and hold on to too many things or thoughts, our environment and our mind becomes cluttered. When we have clutter around us, when we have clutter in our mind, we can not think clearly or be creative. When we are full of clutter, there is no space for new things to come into our life or mind.
There is a similar connection between the chaos in your immediate environment and your motivation to work; disorder brings about procrastination. Clutter ties up energy and inhibits concentration.
If you are surrounded by more things than you can manage, you feel weakness on a subliminal level. Clutter impairs your development. Because things that are piled up are frequently associated with memories, so they bind you to the past.
Clutter can make you fat. This discovery has been made by some clutter experts like Karen Kingston and Peter Walsch. People with a lot of clutter in their house are often overweight. It may be that both body fat and material possessions can serve the purpose of self protection. Obesity is often associated with “emotional constipation”. In the same way that you can’t let go of feelings and so you hoard memorabilia, your body can hold back the metabolic processes and switch over to “store mode”.
Clutter is post-phoned decisions.
Clutter costs money. A lot of one’s capital is tied up in things we” might use one day”.
People who collect often live in houses that are too big. You spend your time and money maintaining and caring for your things. Unorganized systems fail to care properly for your belongings and you pay more money for breakdowns and repairs.
Nobody can give you the meaning of life from outside; it is within you!
The path of simplification will help you to get there.