How do I connect with myself more to live a more deeply satisfying life?






If you're reading this, you have probably already awakened to knowing that there is a better way to live. Something about inner peace resonates with you and you just want a gentle reminder on how to connect again. 

With all the bombardment of marketing and attention-grabbing ads, there is less time for ourselves and less time to tune into our inner voice. If we are not conscious about it, those other forces can make us think and believe that happiness is in things. 

But, you are here because you believe there is another way. Like me, you are searching out the next book or article that speaks to your inner being, looking for a deep satisfaction, not a momentary one that comes with a new house, job, or even a relationship. 

Deep satisfaction looks different to a lot of people and I think that's why the topic is pretty controversial.

Ask someone "what is happiness?" and you'll get lots of different answers, at least on the surface. What most of us can agree on is that happiness is good relationships, financial standing, and health. 

So I put together a quick thought-list. I call it a thought-list because it's designed to get you thinking about little changes you can make, and the little changes that will work best for you.

I'm really here just as a reminder and encourager as I am going through the process too, and probably always will be. Some times are harder than others and coming back to this list helps me reset on a few things and stay more "along the journey" focused than in doom and gloom territory emotionally.

So again this is just a guide. Something else might work better for you. Listen to your inner being. Questions follow at the end to help get you thinking about next steps. 


How to simplify life and live a more deeply satisfying life


Relationships

This both includes our internal relationships and outward relationships with loved ones, or even as perceived as society.

  • less societal expectations of "success"
  • less societal expectations of "a good life"- she's full of contradictions
  • selfish in a good way
  • stay naturally confident

Financial


  • eliminate debt
  • downsize home
  • get rid of some belongings
  • want/need less and discover along the way
  • spend less
  • own less

Health


  • savor the moment
  • stay playful and lighthearted
  • slow down to enjoy life
  • live a more simple life (require less and savor what you have more, especially the people you have)
  • elevate my everyday life into an art form

On food


  • rediscover the "joie de vivre" of French culture/eating (small courses over big meals)
  • lingering at the table
  • conversation over excellent food
  • slowing down when eating/chewing
  • smaller portions but more courses
  • discover family meals




how to engage in more inner peace?





Questions/exercises for thought: 


Best to get a pen and paper or notepad on your computer for these exercises

1. Play the "wouldn't it be nice if..." game. There is probably something troubling you or something you want right now. Identify it, and then go into dreamy land and write what that life would look like if you got what you wanted and dreamed of. What would your morning look like, your relationships, your emotions...Write it as vividly as you can for at least 5 minutes. 

2. Go to your imaginary state again. Write 5 things you will be grateful for...in the future. How does it feel?

3. Ask yourself, when was the last time I really felt joyful and alive? Savor and taste that memory again. How can you add more of those joyful moments to your life?

4. Ask for help. Not from people. Get a piece of paper and draw a line down the middle. On one side put all the things you want to get done today. On the other side, put all the things you want the universe to help you with. Then, just focus on what you can do today.

Hope this list reminded you in a gentle way of all the great things you are already doing! Rememeber there is an inner being guiding you, so be easy about it. Play, have fun and laugh today. You got it. 


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