If you’re like me, then you have a long list of things you wish you had, things that you know would make your life better. I dream of a Tesla, an eye-lash extension, a sauna, and a Michelsen watch… but, I don’t need any of those things. We need to remind ourselves that less is more. None of my personal belongings will come to the grave with me, and the more I collect, the more complicated my life gets to keep them. Practice being grateful for what you have, instead of wishing you had more. Next time you get the urge to buy something superfluous, say outloud “I have plenty,” and see if that helps you feel content. Next time someone offers you something you dont need, reply “No thank you, I have enough.” And if neither happens, that just make it a mantra you say to yourself, just because, “thank you, I have plenty.”
Sometimes you only have to remember to enjoy the simple things. A beautiful life consists of things you cannot buy: friendship, happiness, love and safety, to name a few. Two of us from Me Time are now in Colombia, for a 300 hour yoga teacher training, learning that the simplest pleasures can bring immense happiness. For 23 days, we slept on hard beds and had only cold showers, eating simple and portioned meals three times a day, so getting out for an icecream or to lay in the sand was the highlight of our week. Watching the bird life around the ashram, or seeing the lightning in a thunder storm, also reminds us to be grateful, for other life and mother nature, for rain, and for the sun that always returns after the storm.
Its a tricky thing to believe, but less really is more, especially if you can invest more energy in feeling rich inside, in your own skin. When we have little or nothing, we want more – it happens on the inside and the outside. Then, when we have enough, we stop wanting, and thats where we’ve all got to be. Find your internal abundance – its probably right under your nose!