How to Make Life Simpler

The greatness of this man - Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi - is his simplicity.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Date: 13 Jan 2012
The best example of ‘The Power of Simplicity’ in our time is Mahatma Gandhi.

The principles of Simple Living that he advocated was of not hearing, not seeing and not speaking the unwanted. That leaves our mind pure and out of complexity of thoughts and that of life.

Simplicity starts from your mind. Living in the present, not carrying the baggage of past and too much worry for future is the key to make life simple. Not being judgemental not branding words and behaviour is vital for simple life.

We make our life complex by not being able to distinguish between want and desire. A craving for material benefits and expectation for instant gratification propels life complexity. We ourselves make our relationship sore by not respecting individual’s need for individuality, space and flexibility and by failing to recognise boundaries of interaction.

Three wise monkeys - try to get the hang of it to make life simpler
Three wise monkeys for a simple and peaceful living
Credit: Martin Reynolds | CC-By-SA-2.0 |

House maker’s too much involvement in kitchen, household, children, husband, relations and social rituals takes away almost all the energy. This urge for self-sacrifice may be for the sense of duty, responsibility and concern. This ultimately gives undue stress and tension beyond individual’s coping capacity and life becomes a complex web of universal push and pull trapping the vulnerable.

The craze of present lifestyle complexity because of competition, comparison, vanity, envy forces us to go beyond our capacity and the emotional attachment to material achievement is another good reason for a stressful life and the complexity that comes out of it is our own creation.

No matter where you go or what you do, you live your entire life within the confines of your head. - Terry Josephson
Brains crack down on thinking about everything and everyone around with your fears, worries, hopes and wishes
Do not crack your brains by thinking too much of everything
Credit: Nina Mathews | CC-By-2.0 |

Controlling the urge for hoarding material, relation, thoughts makes the life simpler and happier. Simplicity attracts simpler friends; simpler relations and makes lighter demand on time, space and mind. Change by observing others and learning from them helps in simplifying own life.

Simplified life leaves you with more energy; simpler thinking and you have peace within and harmony with others. Clarify your thoughts; start living with freedom of choice rather than bondage of compulsion. It is about change what you can and cope with what you can’t.

Being judgemental, being negative in thoughts, ignoring the virtues of what you have are sure way of making your life miserable and complex.

You can always make your life simple by learning when to say no and how to say no. When accepting a work, just question: Is it required to be done? Why it is required to be done? Has it to be done by me only?

Making life simple is in your mind. It is in your hand. It is within your reach It is your decision.

Change your thoughts and you change your world! - Norman Vincent Peale
World will appear peaceful if you change in the way you look at it.
Credit: Audrey | CC-By-2.0 |
Be yourself.
Be positive.
Accept your mistakes.
Learn to ignore.
Learn to say no.
Don’t stop learning.
Be better. Not perfect.
Focus on one thing at a time.
Give away one unused object a day from your house.
Finish one project before you start another.
Live below your means. Don’t buy stuff you don’t need.
Acknowledge your love to your loved ones as often as possible.

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