Living a simple life: sounds...well...simple...doesn't it? I mean sleep well, help others, don't buy too much...oh wait. There is a catch. Most of us don't even realize it, but I will let you in on a little secret: we all have too much stuff. Yeah, I am sure we all know that. I am also sure that those who take a vow of poverty even think that. I mean when is enough , enough? Who knows. Everyone's opinion is different.
Within the past year , I have been trying to sort out and find "my own simple life." I have been reading more on Buddhism and its practices. While I am still a Christian, I think that the Buddhist teachings are a wonderful way to bring calm and peace to a troubled mind. Living simply was a big part of the message I got. When you let go of worldy goods you are on a path to enlightenment. I have found this is true. I began to sort through my many collections of "stuff" and either decided to sell it, give it away or my favorite: to donate it to charity. I think there is a show called Clean House which does this as well ( not only highly entertaining but also showing the viewers at home how letting go can be very soothing:) Letting go not only aids us in realizing that we don't need half of the things we have but it also teaches our children sharing as set by the example we set. I have found in my own experiences with a charity I aid called SAFE (Stuffed Animals For Emergencies which gives to children in need whther they be as readign buddies, poor, abused, etc.) that my kids realize there are those who don't have as much as they do and often share their own toys.
Letting go has seemed to make everyoen in the Kushnir hosuehold happy...well most of the time. It is not easy, but maybe even this small step will lead to bigger changes in us as a person with purpose and help us all to live a brighter , happier and of course simpler 2009.
for more information on where to donate to SAFE go to www.stuffedanimalsforemergencies.org
I am also thinking of starting up a group that can help us toward the simple life/aid to others. Anyone willing to join or share ideas, please comment or contact me.