Less is More
for
a Beautiful Life

 

 

 

Less is More
for
a Beautiful Life

When I moved from the USA to Spain over 9 years ago, I downsized from a large house with a big barn to 4 boxes. I also sold my car and, on arrival, purchased an e-bike. I spent a number of years biking everywhere, panniers full of vegetables, and embracing the low carbon footprint. It was a freeing experience and a wonderful example of less is more because, with so much less, I felt high on life and full of energy. Since then, I do own a lovely home and a car, which has made it possible to experience life in another way. I now spend more time gardening and exploring the wonderful, mountainous region of my home. And this means more time outdoors in nature, enriching my mind, body, and soul. 

Minimalism started as an art movement in the 1960s. Art was stripped down to the most essential elements. Today, minimalistic has moved beyond art and is more about enjoying a simpler life. There is great value in simplicity, and we can, in fact, accomplish so much more with less.  The phrase – Less is More – means that we can enjoy a simple lifestyle without cluttering up our lives, homes, and minds with non-essentials. Having less means we can open up the time and space to focus on what really matters and what makes us happy in life. This is very individual, as the idea of simplicity means something different to everyone. 

We do live in a supply and demand world. Many people live beyond their means, and the need to keep up with demand means our environment, forests, and natural resources are constantly compromised. Many times, we buy things as a way to feel more secure, especially in this world of constant change. However, do material goods really bring us that security? Could having less actually make us feel more secure by having more in terms of joy, inspiration, happiness, and fulfilment? 

A less-or-more list is a gentle way to help create change. You can start by writing down tasks or things that you would like to do less of and more of in your daily life. You do not need to implement all your ideas at once, but even a few small changes can have a positive influence on curbing overconsumption, taking back your time, and opening up to a new and different way of enjoying life. 

Here are some less is more examples: 

Less stuff more space.- allows new ideas and experiences to enter your life and home. 

Less spending more savings – when we only buy what is necessary, we can save a lot and help our natural environment. Saving money can actually make us feel more positive and secure. 

Less stress more relaxation.- slowing down is a first step. Slow eating, slow driving, slow parenting, slow working, and slow walking. Slow helps the body and mind to relax and recharge. 

Less social media more reading – a wonderful exercise for the brain. Reading is relaxing, inspiring, reduces stress, and improves sleep. 

Less TV more hobbies – improves mental health and well-being. It helps us feel more happy and satisfied with life. 

Less driving more walking and biking – saves money on gas and increases outdoor exercise. Both are fantastic ways to discover your local area. Great for physical, mental and spiritual health

Less animal food more plant based – This is so important for animal welfare, reducing pollution, and improving health. Also for less deforestation and protecting the environment.. Less animal food reduces the risk of heart disease and other serious illnesses. 

Less work more productive – increases energy, focus, and a sense of well-being, and makes you less likely to make mistakes. 

Less coffee more infusions – caffeine is a stressor and can actually make you feel more tired. Enjoying different infusions can help to regulate emotions, increase energy, and relax. 

Less complaining more gratitude – Having gratitude makes it easier to cope with challenges and to have a more optimistic view of life. Find three things to be grateful for each day. 

Less talking more listening – is a great way to develop communication skills, improve relationships, and enhance problem-solving abilities. 

Less clutter more serenity – wonderful for increased energy and breathing space. 

Less anxiety more peace of mind – spend time in nature, garden, hike, discover new hobbies, have fun with friends, or sit with a soothing cup of tea and listen to beautiful music. Finding ways to distract your anxiety with positive activities will make all the difference. 

Less doubt more faith – this can be more faith in your journey on earth, faith in friends, faith in your own abilities, faith in your health and healing, and faith in your body wisdom. 

Less quantity more quality – including quality foods, quality clothing, furniture that lasts for years, and one special vacation. The quality of our food increases the quality of our lives. Long-lasting products create less waste and nurture the planet. 

Less judgement more compassion – leads to more serenity and less anxiety. When we are kind to others, we feel more happy and at peace. 

Less waste more trees – use reusable products, go paperless with bills, print less, use sustainable wood, choose recycled toilet paper, and plant trees 

Less dieting more healthy eating – dieting is restrictive, healthy eating is freeing. Choose plant-based, living foods that nourish the mind, body, and spirit. Have fun in the kitchen, and create new and delicious dishes. 

Less worry more mindful moments – slow down to eat, notice the wild flowers on a walk, enjoy the laughter of children, hug a dog, breathe slowly, relish a beautiful view. 

Less lawns more edible gardens – makes for fewer chemicals, safer for wildlife, more organic produce, is bee- and butterfly-friendly, and creates nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables.