Simple Living

I’ve been fascinated by the concept of minimalism lately. And I’m not alone. Our popular culture is talking about it too…

  • Tiny Houses are a movement, not just a fringe concept any more. Sometimes mobile, but definitely 500 sq ft or less, these houses are loved by folks of all ages for their simplicity. Like my friend Drew Meuer says, “Small house, big life.” In fact, a small space improves living by encouraging people to be outdoors, in the community, and in communal spaces more often.
  • Project 333, or the Capsule Wardrobe, has been around since 2010. It encourages people to wear only 33 items for 3 months so they can experience the increased freedom and head space (as well as closet space!). Creativity increases and frustration decreases.
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing has been on the national bestseller list for over 60 weeks. The book includes tips on how to declutter and also stories about the impact that an organized home can have on mood and physical and mental health.
  • “I am enough” is a mantra, adopted mostly by women who are constantly juggling several roles, duties and expectations. Own this phrase. Own your life. And don’t feel bad about saying no. After all, you are enough just the way you are!

At our Unity center, several Sunday Talks have focused on “enoughness” and abundance. Gary and Jane both remind us that we are enough and not to ever feel less-than. We are perfect just the way we are, created in God’s divine image. The work we need to do is on releasing old, inaccurate beliefs about ourselves that were thrust upon us and that we adopted long before we could even think about and process them.

Recently, we’ve de-cluttered our staff room. The common space that the staff and others use for meetings, meals, accounting, and more. We’ve also been working for the past year on paring down our Governing Member List. In the past our list grew to over 800. Our list grew to such a number simply because we never removed anyone–not people that moved or stopped attending. Imagine if you never removed anything from your house how much stuff you’d have in your home! Now our Governing Member List is 140. Downsizing or just-right-sizing? 🙂

I’m curious to hear if you are doing anything to embrace your enoughness and to simplify your life? Leave a comment!

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