Reclaim Community Life
We live in a culture where self-containment is seen as a life-simplifying strategy. We think that keeping our distance will help us avoid complicating variables. And yet perhaps youíve noticed that striking up an impromptu conversation with a neighbor or stranger at the supermarket can lift your spirits in surprising ways. Thatís because human beings crave connection with each other, and we long for a sense of community.
A great way to engage more in community life is by joining and regularly participating in a civic group, house of worship, book club or professional organization. Youíll begin to look forward to the regular meetings, and a host of benefits will follow. (For more on the benefits of community, see ďCommunity MattersĒ)
Itís easy to let our lives become consumed with unnecessary busyness, worry and distraction. But when we walk down each of these seven paths mindfully, our steps will feel lighter, our spirits refreshed.
A Garden of Your Own
Have you ever noticed that whenever you bring fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers into your home, they steal the scene? Everyone loves the beauty, the aroma, the connotation of care.
Farmersí markets are a wonderful source of all this fresh produce, of course. But better and more satisfying still is growing your own goods in your own yard. Itís more local, less expensive and healthier: You soak up vitamin D from the sun, get some exercise and let your mind slip into a meditative state. And did I mention harvesting the actual fruits of your labor? Thatís the sweetest thrill of all!
You can start small: Just one tomato plant on your patio will net you an unexpected bounty (enough for several pots of homemade chili!). And while youíre at it, cultivate beauty with flowers and plantings. Nothing man-made quite compares.
Next: 4 more ways to take simple living a little further