Choosing simplicity is an act of self-love and earth-love.
As we free up physical, emotional, and mental space, we liberate our time and consciousness.
There are may ways we can invite simplicity into our lives including but not limited to eating whole foods, donating what we no longer need, organizing our schedule with care, resting, spending time in nature, practicing mindfulness, following our biological clock, and saving money/spending less.
When I meditate on simplicity, I am also fondly reminded of the key components of interbeing. Interbeing is a term crafted by Thich That Hanh that brings a non-separate, ecological, and inclusive perspective to mindfulness. It teaches us that...
- What we do to another, we do to ourselves.
- Each of us enters this lifetime with unique gifts and talents, and the purpose of life is to express yours in a manner that contributes to the wellbeing of all.
- Krishna puts it this way in The Bhagavad Gita "It is better to strive in one's own dharma than to succeed in the dharma of another. Nothing is ever lost in following one's own dharma. But competition in another's dharma breeds fear and insecurity.”
- Every choice we make matters, and ripples out into the cosmos.
- Therefore, it's true that my health and joy contributes to everyone's health and joy.
- We are more than the sum of our parts.
- We see ourselves reflected in others and in our environment and we ought to be brave enough to look deeply.
Americans (because I can only speak as one) struggle with the idea that more for you is less for me. We have to practice radical awareness of this toxic seed in ourselves and combat it with what the yogis call Tapas (continuous effort and discomfort).
The fear that more for you is less for me causes people to do harmful things to other species and the environment because it is so hardwired (handed down to us through decades of generational trauma, religious prosecution, and dislocation) that we are regularly and unconsciously operating from it.
So we have to ask ourselves the tough questions like...
How much is enough?
What can I share?
What fear is driving this behavior?
What am I doing?
If we pay attention to the uncomfortable seeds in ourselves, we can begin to sculpt the trail for more freedom, simplicity, and abundance in our lives.
Throughout the month of June I invite you to contemplate the ways in which you can simplify your life with the following offerings...
- A Simplicity Meditation Kit
- How to Write a Sankalpa Practice
- Two Home Yoga Practices
- A Sound & Dream Guided Journey with Swan
- Access to our Growing Guided Breath Work library
- Ayurvedic Inspired Wellness Inspiration and Recipes
Our intention is to offer inspiration for your home practice. We aim to be intentional, simple, and meaningful in our offerings. Please send us feedback if you have any to .
Warmly and with Gratitude,