Summertime is here with its softness and carefree spirit. It’s a time for relaxation and simplicity.
Think about paring down your life to the essentials. Just for the now of summer.
Yesterday I looked in my kitchen cabinet and was amazed at all the casserole dishes and pie plates I had accumulated. Where did they all come from? I looked into a drawer chock full of rubber spatulas, mixing spoons, salad tongs, and “essential” odds and ends. Do I really need 5 different spatulas? Won’t one or two do the trick?
I put three of those spatulas away for the summer. I didn’t toss them in the trash or give them to Goodwill. I just removed them from the kitchen and sent them on “summer break” to a box in the basement. If I really need them, I know where to find them; but for now, it’s simplify, simplify, simplify.
I find that I want to breathe into the newly acquired empty space, capturing the essence of ease and simplicity residing there. I notice how much lighter I feel just by cleaning out that one kitchen drawer.
I’m not going to do a major spring cleaning.
This is summer.
Ease and relaxation are the order of the day. But I am going to keep an empty box close by and toss my odds and ends into that box as the weeks goes by.
This month I’d like to bring our time and attention to the topic of simplicity. Simplicity in all things –kitchen drawers, to-do lists, food, you name it.
I want to lead a simplified life this summer, paring down the list of activities, and learning to say no to all but the essentials.
I want time to just “be” this summer. Not do – just be.
I want an uncluttered house and an uncluttered mind!
Clearing out a kitchen drawer is something we know how to do, but clearing out the clutter in our minds requires a different set of tools. I’ve learned that effort doesn’t work. Scrunching my shoulders, digging deep, furrowing my brow and using my “will power” to tame my inner critic is useless! The inner critic just laughs at my effort and keeps chirping away.
But – if I maintain a sense of lightness and ease, a summertime feeling of play and simplicity, the energy moves out and the inner critic quiets down. Think, “Oh I hear you, inner critic. You’re the voice in my head that I’ve outgrown. What you are saying is a story that is no longer true. I want something new.”
No effort, no drama, no hunched shoulders, no “pushing” the energy out of your head. Just lightness and ease. Put the energy, the thoughts and feelings of your inner critic, in a rose and then blow up the rose. Stomp on it, tap it out or just send it down your grounding cord, never to return.
Simplicity and ease. Awareness and intent. That’s my summertime mantra.
What about you?
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