Each year I pray and think about a focus for the contemplative 40 day period between Ashwednesday and Easter: so-called Lent.
Last year I went without the distraction of constantly checking Facebook for 40 days and making more time for prayer and meditation.
This year my focus will be on decluttering my physical space, making more room in my head to pray and spend time with God.
Since I struggle with perfectionism a lot, I decided to pick one thing each day that I find hard to let go of, put it on my table for a day and ask myself these questions the next day:
Is this adding value to my life?
Does it make me happy when I look at it?
If it’s a twofold ‘no’ it’s probably gotta go.
If you’d like to follow my progress, you can, on my Instagram account @simple_inspired
If you would like to learn more about minimalist living:
check out Leo Babauta’s website, one of my long time favorite sites: zenhabits.net
and if you’re Dutch, check out Jelle Derckx’ helpful and inspiring website: lijstjes.info (also on IG)
I love December, that time of year when we drink hot cocoa, light candles, cuddle together to cocoon inside, turn up the heating and eat more cookies than usual. It’s also that time when I start wearing my Rudolf the reindeer slippers again. Winter depression anyone? Not me!
But, through all the coziness, food and fun, I can easily get distracted and sometimes feel a bit lost, losing sight of life’s basics, and of my relationship with a Power greater than me that I call God.
In my religious practice, the month before Christmas plays an important role in the year. I appreciate the idea of setting aside certain periods of the time (for example Advent and Lent) to practice certain habits and strenghten my relationship with God.
So besides looking forward to the coming (=Advent) of Jesus Christ, I also want to concern myself with the theme of: Back to Basics, and take you guys along on my journey.
Why would I want to go Back to Basics?
Eliminating physical, mental and/or spiritual clutter can be really helpful to focus on the important things in life. For example: creating order in my finances, house or mind can create greater freedom in my whole life. Simplifying leads to enhanced humility, focus and creativity.
In what areas could I go Back to Basics?
finances: creating clarity, being solvent, creating a life of “enough”
information and social media: decreasing the inflow and establishing mindful use
mind & emotions: decluttering by means of meditation
physical clutter: get moving and eat healthy and simple
spirituality: connect to a Power greater than myself on a daily basis.
The first of December you’ll find the first one in the series on my blog.