“Blow up your TV. Throw away your paper. Move to the country. Build you a home. Plant a little garden. Eat a lot of peaches. Try and find Jesus on your own.”
~ John Prine.
You don’t have to literally blow up anything to simplify your Life. Find out what the essentials are. Think about that for a minute. What do have in your life that you can’t do without? I don’t mean things like, “A hammer, wire-cutting pliers, a pocket knife, WD-40, Duct Tape, Aviation Form-A-Gasket and 14 gauge wire”. I’m looking for something deeper, but let me ask you something. That list of stuff – why do you think you need it? Looking at my list, which I call “The Essential Tool Box”, it’s obvious I want to be prepared to “fix” anything. And why is that? Because you never know what might happen. Why am I worried about that? Being prepared gives me a sense of safety and security. And that may be an essential for me. But why are safety and security are such a big deal for me? I’m sitting here wondering why… I don’t have a good answer that doesn’t come back to safety and security. How does that sense of security make me feel? I don’t think there’s any one word to describe it. Happy? Prosperous? Peaceful?
Once I get to feelings, that’s where I believe essentials lie. No matter what kind of stuff we want or have, it’s how those things make us feel that is the essential. You may have said money was what you wanted to have. What does money give you? “I can get what I want with money.” Is it the security thing again? Aren’t we simply looking for Happiness, Peace, Abundance – does it all boil down to feeling good? Whether it does or not, we keep coming back to those things.
You can take yourself through the same process. What stuff do you have to have no matter what? Once you get to an emotion associated with feeling good, I suspect that there is your essential. From there, you can create an I AM Intention. “I AM Happy. I AM Abundant. I AM Peaceful.” Create an Intentions practice, repeating those every day. Take a moment and feel Happy. Do you smile when you’re Happy? Then Smile! The more you can duplicate the feelings of Happiness, the more likely you are to make Happiness a bigger part of your Life. Lest you think this is hocus-pocus, it’s an old psychological technique called acting “as if”. What you are doing is training your brain to seek out the feeling of Happiness. You can do the same for Peacefulness and Abundance. Will you create World Peace and become a jolly millionaire doing this? I don’t think so, but you’ll feel Happier, more Peaceful, and more Abundant in your life regardless. And THAT might put you in a frame of mind that contributes to world peace. And it might make you less worried over things, which might make you more attentive to opportunities to make money, laughing all the way to the bank.
“I AM Happy. I AM Peace. I AM Abundance.” Live those as your Intentions. Act like a Happy person. Spread Peace to the world. Feel so Abundant that you share what you have with everyone. And so you begin to change the world.
What are your essentials?
REMEMBER – I AM Living My Life Essentially. I AM_____________. Add your own essential.
And So It Is!
~ Inspired by The Season of Nonviolence
Peace, Grace, & Love,