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SIMPLIFYING YOUR LIFE CAN BE COMPLICATED
(Published: 2006-12-14)

Not enough time. Too much stuff. Sound familiar?

The holiday season is upon us, and I’m betting that like me, most of you have been out shopping. The countdown to Christmas is in full swing, the registers are ringing, and New Year’s resolutions are just around the corner. We’re all time-starved, sleep deprived, and overwhelmed with endless to-do lists. Many of us are asking ourselves: “Where did the year go…and how did it go so fast?”

In the midst of all of this busyness, wouldn’t it be a relief to slow down a bit and reflect on what we are doing to ourselves? In “The Hummer and the Mini” I write about Extreme Relaxation, an effective antidote to the craziness of our busy lives. It’s a good concept to embrace this time of year.

Lao Tsu, the original Trendmaster, said: “Practice not doing and everything will fall into place.” That’s a difficult concept to align with our demanding culture that’s focused on hard work, success, and achieving goals. I think it helps to remember that busyness doesn’t necessarily equate with being fully engaged in what we are doing. Nor does it imply that we are leading a rich full life. Paradoxically, it often indicates that we are neurotically active at things that don’t really matter much in the long run, while we continue to ignore or overlook the things that are meaningful or most important.

I recently heard Dan Pink speak at Renewal Day for the Master’s Forum here in Minneapolis. He talked about how abundance is affecting our lives and changing our world. I learned that self-storage is a $17 billion dollar business here in the US! That’s a lot of stuff just sitting around in storage. As we frantically search for more cool stuff or the next big thing, it might be wise to remember that we can’t have everything. After all, where would we put it? (In storage, I guess.)

Learning how to simplify our lives can be a complicated process. Achieving simplicity often means letting go of the extraneous in order to focus on what’s really important. Ultimately, simplifying the external parts of our lives will help us cultivate a rich inner life. Although difficult, it’s a worthy task. The reward: Peace of mind, the new gold standard.

Swami Rama observed: “The poor long for riches, the rich long for heaven, but the wise long for a state of tranquility.”

Wishing you wisdom, peace of mind and contentment of spirit in the year ahead.



What's important?


Swami Rama



Robyn Waters is president and founder of RW Trend, LLC. She is the author of The Trendmaster’s Guide: Get a Jump on What Your Customer Wants Next, and The Hummer and the Mini: Navigating the Contradictions of the New Trend Landscape. Learn more about Robyn at www.rwtrend.com. All Rights Reserved.


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