In my spare time, and in between job hunting, I’m having a clear out of house things.
As I go through everything I realise I have far too much stuff that I don’t need, which has led me to thinking a lot about simplicity. The more cluttered my home is, the more weighed down I feel by it all. Now that I’ve started to get rid of some things, I’m already feeling much freer and like this weight had been lifted. The de-cluttering effect on the mind has been really quite amazing.
This led me to thinking much more broadly about simplicity, in all areas of my life. Generally speaking I live a busy life in London and fill my time with lots of different things – the busyness can get addictive.
I think going on retreats has made me think I need to simplify things more – the things I have, the people in my life, the activities… And when I do this, I can appreciate better what I do have.
I’ve found when I’ve been on retreat, simplicity plays a big part – I’m away from familiar people, surroundings, activities, noise and all the usual stuff that surrounds me. It’s all stripped away and I am have time and space to think, to let something of God find a way in there and speak to me again.
I want to integrate this ‘simple way’ more into my everyday life, but it’s really hard. Carving out time, space, silence in a place like London – where do you start? (besides having a clear out).