This morning I’m listing a bunch of random stuff for sale online that we’re not taking to the new house, and things are looking spare ’round these parts! Typically, I don’t start clearing away winter clutter til spring, but we’re down to a couple of weeks so it’s now minimal mode. Our interiors, bathed in cool clear February light have a monastic, quiet, ethereal mood ushering me into stillness even as I toil. Need permission to slow down? Let this be it as we consider aligning with nature and adopting its pace. Slow Living At Home & Ideas for Cultivating More Peace Now shares glimpses of the sacred right where I am.
Slow Living At Home & Ideas for Cultivating More Peace Now
Going to sleep at an earlier hour, carving out time for yoga and gentle stretching, baking bread, meditation, cozying down with a book on the weekend, and planning a relaxing vacation where ‘hustle’ is distant from the vocabulary?
These all appeal to me when I intentionally live slower.
By the way, these images of things looking spare are obviously not styled or zhushed.
(Let’s face it…you spy plenty of gorgeously composed vignettes and decorated interiors to inspire in my archives!)
All the Christmas-y things and winter “extras” are packed away, and I have to say it feels like sweet relief.
Bare is much easier to live with, like my “only looks real” succulent in an awesome heavy pot.
Daring to Be Spare is Rare
BTW. You won’t find hashtags such as ‘living my BEST LIFE’ sprinkled into this post!
Hahaha. Life is in no way glamorous for me. Not now when I’m moving and not ever when I’m not.
I am the soul ever seeking to embrace reality, previve cancer and chronic illness, and grow in wisdom (which is quite different from growing an empire of influence).
Ahhhhh, BEST LIFE.
‘Best’ implies I’ll be graded, compared, or judged. Since the first half of life brought plenty of assessment, no thank you.
Real life in the 2020s is demanding enough even without the masochism.
Moving through modern life or living a good enough life may not have been sexy pre-pandemic, but we have now had time to consider their value.
This quote continues to resonate right where i am:
Savoring the Sweet in the Slow
I have okay days and not so okay days, and I tell you what…
I appreciate the peaceful ones oh so much more now!
When my autoimmune issues are under control, and I can smile…oh, mercy.
Simple life stuff such as the ability to do light housework, swim a a lap, play music on the piano, or bake something delicious are so lifegiving.
I know you get it.
When you live with chronic illness and easily grow weary, such simple things are cherished.
Resistance to Share the Shadows
You already know I prefer NOT to push ‘publish’ on posts that mention the challenging parts of my health journey. I’d much rather keep the reality of life with illness under wraps.
But I don’t ever want to leave the impression that one can’t live fully with poor health, imperfect relationships, and assorted wounds. The truth is, having life and having it to the full is about freedom and grace, not circumstances.
And racing through your one wild life is an option.
So is slowing down.
Slow Living Tips from an Expert
Here’s a great place to start if you too desire a slower pace.
Moving Forward Slowly & Imperfectly
Since I can blog from anywhere, I’m fortunate to travel when I have the strength.
I hope to head to warmer temperatures soon for liberal doses of fresh air and beautiful scenery.
Soaring above the clouds is not as agreeable for me as road tripping.
I’m ever grateful to have a travel companion on the journey who cares for me in a way that confirms I am quite enough.
Often weak, often muddling through, yet always enough!
And so are you.
Words of Affirmation for You
I’m raising a half-FULL glass of Rosé champagne to you (fill it up if you wish…I can only sip a wee bit these days!) with this whole-hearted toast:
HERE’S TO LIFE LIVED SIMPLY yet FULLY AS THE GIFT it ever is…where LOVE is always the point.
What Keeps Us From Slower, More Peaceful Living?
Resistance and FOMO is everywhere in the culture. But there isn’t just one way to slow down. I’m more of a JOMO girl these days.
And there are multiple paths toward peace when you decide to say YES to its invitation.
Lord knows I have tried multiple paths over the years journeying through doubt, darkness, and despair.
The thing is, when trouble comes, my pursuit of light is sometimes a desperate, feverish one.
If only I could see during the trials that desperation is a sign that inner peace is on the way (if only because it signals the end of my personal resources).
I don’t know much of anything about the mechanics of desperation, surrender, and peace, but I do know I cannot magically summon light in my heart.
Rather, the light seems always to be waiting for me to soften and become permeable to it.
Love’s healing radiance waits within the stillness for my surrender, for my wordless consent.
10 Smart Ideas for More Peace
A peace pilgrimage Pinterest infographic? One that hardly rings very spiritual and fails to mention meditation?
Who does that?
An imperfect blogger, that’s who. I know it is incomplete and maybe insufficient, but could it be a start?
If we all PIN it, do you suppose ripples could start rippling in near and faraway places?
(I can hear a protest forming…but the list doesn’t mention the peace animals bring!)
Oh, yes, I hear you.
The list is incomplete for sure. While I believe in the power of prayer and have spiritual rhythms such as meditation built into my day, embodied gestures are important.
Embodied gestures are certainly not inferior gestures.
Mind Body Spirit Matters
After years of rejecting the body* (and accepting poor theology), it has been necessary to relearn what a precious and sacred part of wholeness it truly is.
*Unfortunately, a chronic illness can make it difficult to trust the body and enjoy simple pleasures such as eating.
You already know the strength when there is harmony of body-mind-spirit.
BTW. Number 8 is decidedly not ’embodied,’ but it is so important to let go of shame and forgive yourself in order to welcome more peace.
Our bodies hold on to shame, pain, and regret, but we can show them the door!
You could pair #8 with number 4 and write post-it notes to yourself (i.e. IT’S A NEW DAY – YOU ARE FORGIVEN FOR WHAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW YESTERDAY!)
One more thing regarding #10 (invest in relationships)…if you truly want to love another purely, keep this in mind:
Thanks for listening. If your own journey involves a faster pace and #livingmybestlife hashies, I also honor you.
After all, our diversity and differences make us beautiful teachers for each other!
It is always a joy to hear from you and to find out where in the world you are reading this from…if you have a moment, do leave a comment. 🙂
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Peace to you right where you are.
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