In pursuit of simplicity

Carrie JordanShamanism

In today’s day and age, it is hard to find a moment of solitude. Everything is easy. Easy transportation, easy communication, easy entertainment, easy and fast food. To live a mindful life takes an extra step to sometimes avoid the ease with which you can skip some steps and get more done. However, the beauty of life is usually found in the journey and the process—even when cooking dinner on the stove instead of in the microwave.

Although technology has gifted us with many wonderful abilities like easily connecting with and staying in touch with loved ones and a wealth of information at our fingertips, it has also clouded our view and made our lives much more complex.

The challenge now is to create more mental space by carving time for ourselves and to choose meaningful friendships and connections. After almost eight years with a Facebook account, I am moving away from it. This is hard for me because I have lived in several places and have friends all over the world. At the same time, I felt drained, as if I were in a crowded room—the website’s architecture is so bogged down in the weeds that it would have taken hours for me to craft an account with friends and images that I value (you can still find my artist page there).

We can also simplify by buying less and buying used. For example, the majority of my furniture, appliances, and belongings are hand-me-downs: Found furniture on the street, antiques, Craig’s List, friends that have moved on, and Good Will. We can choose what we fill our spaces with, and only keep objects that a) are beautiful and b) have a positive memory attached to them. This way, we have fewer attachments to material objects and feel more free.

Composting, eating organic, and living sustainably are ways to live more mindfully and to create a connection with the earth as well as a sense of place. It is surprising how much more delicious food can be when I know where it came from.

Most of all, I want to slow down my pace and find joy and beauty in all the magic moments that life brings :)