Saturday, June 9, 2012

Indulge in Simple Pleasures every day

How are you doing with your new Paleo habits? Are you steadily eating away at that elephant? Remember you need to keep reminding yourself until it becomes automatic.

Here's you're next Lifestyle habit. When you feel comfortable, then it's time to work on the next step. But not before.  Don't rush this. Remember Kaizen is about changing your life one tiny step at a time.

You should work on these habits only once all the 10 easy steps to becoming a Permanent Paleo Eater  are an automatic part of your everyday life.  Don't try to do everything at once or you will feel overwhelmed.

Check the list below. If you are still working on some of these habits then keep doing that until you no longer need to think about them.  Only then are you ready to move on.  Nobody is rushing you and nobody is keeping track.  This is YOUR plan and you decide when you're ready.

"A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step"

. .... then another, and another.... Take your time, do it right, and you'll build a solid base for a lifetime of easy and healthy Paleo living.

If you read any Spiritual or what some people refer to as "New Age" books,  you will know that one thing the writers almost universally advise is to "live in the moment."  This means to be fully present when you are doing something and to enjoy and appreciate it rather than letting your mind wander to either the past or the future.

This is really the basic idea behind Simple Pleasures.  It's to fully enjoy the small things in life than too many of us take for granted.  This also ties in with the idea of being grateful for what we have in life, and when you are grateful for what you already have, you are opening yourself up to receive more.

I was first introduced to this idea when I was a young design student living in my first apartment.  As is the case for many young people starting out, my first home didn't have many luxuries.  The furniture was second hand and I had only the basics, but at least I did have my own tiny kitchen and my own tiny bathroom.

My eyes were open to the possibilities when I read a column on how you can create your own oasis in your bathroom by just investing in a soft bath mat, a few scented candles, a bottle of bubble bath and a couple of really good bath towels.  All this didn't cost more than a new dress, but oh, what a difference it made!  After a really hard stressful day of work, knowing I could come home, lock my door, and relax in a tub of soothing hot water saved my sanity on many a day.

The writer of this column later wrote a book which became a huge hit because of this same premise.  Alexandra Stoddard was a New York designer who wrote about the three main rooms of your home - the kitchen, the bedroom and the bathroom - and the small things that you could do to make your everyday routines into something special.

I ended up having several copies of this book because I would underline, mark and thumb through them so much they ended up falling apart.  To me, especially since I was a design student myself, this book was like a bible.  A bible of beautiful living. ( If you would like your own copy you can get it here : Living a Beautiful Life: 500 Ways to Add Elegance, Order, Beauty and Joy to Every Day of Your Life )

Over the years, even when times were tough, I always made it my goal to make my surroundings and my every day routines as pleasurable as possible, and this in turn made my life so much easier and more pleasurable.

In this series on Simple Pleasures I want to reintroduce this concept to a generation who might not be aware of it.  Life hasn't gotten any easier.  In fact, if anything it's gotten a lot more stressful, and creating a list of Simple Pleasures that you can indulge in every day will not only ease the stress but will also bring beauty and a sense of calm into your life.  Something that everyone needs.

One of the top tabs on this blog is labeled "Simple Pleasures".  Here you will find all the articles I have written about the simple pleasures and everyday mini indulgences you can add to your life.  Read over the list and see if you can add at least one each day.  You will find it will make a big difference in your life.

Remember this song ?

"Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens

Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favourite things.

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favourite things.

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into spring
These are a few of my favourite things"

This song is a beautiful example of savouring the small things in life.  Not waiting until you can afford all the big things you think you need to have before you can be happy, but making your life a little bit happier right now in ways that you can already afford.

Look around you right now.  I bet you will find at least one or two special things that give you pleasure. 

 Whether it's a special coffee mug, a beautiful view, or a much loved pet (such as my cat) you already have much in your life you can appreciate and be thankful for. 

 Make it a habit to make the most of these things every day, and life will reward you by giving you more of what you want in your life.

 “Life isn't about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.”   - George Bernard Shaw

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