Category: Zen Living Written by Leo Babauta
This morning I was eating a really simple meal, with minimal seasoning, and I savored its deliciousness.
Often I go the opposite way: I eat too much, too quickly, with an overwhelming number of flavors. And I barely taste any of it.
This is how I sometimes experience life: I do so much, so quickly, and have an overwhelming amount of stuff going on. So much so that it’s hard to really experience any of it fully.
When I simplify, it’s not necessarily about getting rid of stuff — it’s about letting fewer things really be experienced:
- When I have fewer things, I can really use those things fully, appreciating them fully.
- When I have fewer things to do, I can really pour myself into those tasks, and really experience them.
- When I engage with fewer things online, I can engage with them more thoughtfully.
When I remove the extraneous, it gives me a chance to savor what’s left. The flavors can really shine.
And my experience of this is that life is really revealed when I have less in front of me.
That’s not an argument for always having or doing less. There’s something to be said for embracing the fullness of life. Instead, it’s a noticing of what happens when I slow down, when I do less, when I fully experience things instead of rushing through them so I can do more.
The fullness of life is often revealed in simplicity.
Zen Habits is about finding simplicity and mindfulness in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness. My name is Leo Babauta. I live in Davis, California with my wife and six kids, where I eat vegan food, write, run, and read. Source
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