Less is More

About 4 or 5 years ago, I was awakened by this question, “How much do we really need to live a good and happy life?” The more I have pondered that question, the more simply I intentionally live my life. To make changes, I started by looking at the relationships I had with stuff in general, with money, myself and others, the environment, my thoughts, and my emotions.

And so over those years, I have been doing my best to downsize in those areas. As a result, my life has been richly enhanced, expanded and enlightened.

The less I have, the more depth and clarity is revealed. I will continue to evolve as I deliberately create the space for something new and magical by letting go of those things that no longer serve me. Life seems to be a continual process of “clearing house”.

Some of the ways that work for me are:

Surrendering/letting go
Elimination (in all its forms)
Mindfulness Meditation
Solo walks preferably in nature

I am sure there are many others and I look forward to discovering them as I travel this life.

Recently, I was introduced to an article in the Toronto Star newspaper about “tech-savvy 20-somethings” who had discovered this concept and were actively practicing it. I include it for your enjoyment.


May love, peace and joy fill your hearts now and throughout the year ahead. Please share that with those around you, whatever your tradition.



Filed under Wake Up ~ Be the Change

6 responses to “Less is More

  1. Stephanie Needham

    Perfect Barb! I fully support you in this …. I too have scaled way back! Hooray for simplicity! In many areas of my life too.


  2. Hedy

    Less IS more, Barb… I know how much we let go of when we downsized, and I STILL think we have too much! Thanks for the reminder on looking at ways to decrease even further!

    • Barbara McDowall

      When I moved back to Toronto in 2009, I downsized and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Now I continue to do so and appreciate the energy and space I create.

  3. Carolyn

    Lovely message to enter the solstice and season of moving from darkness to light. Thanks Barb!

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