Live simply that others might simply live.
~Elizabeth Ann Seton

To live simply is to learn to let go. By letting go of the need to be right, the need to have/do/be more, the need for others approval, etc., we free ourselves from the illusions of this world and begin to bear witness to the inherent divinity present in all things, at all times.

How do we learn let go?
We have been blessed with an abundance of tools to assist us in becoming ever more aware of the beauty of THIS moment. Luckily for us they are accessible and enjoyable!

Color:
Colors are various gradations of Light perceived by the physical eye. In metaphysics color is seen as spiritual energy and can be defined as,  “Divine Light that propels the life force of God to all creation.” (Change Your Aura, Change Your Life) With this understanding of color, we can become more centered, more loving, more peaceful just by the colors we surround ourselves with. One of the easiest ways to use the power of color is to mindfully choose the colors we dress ourselves in. If you’re needing more vitality, wear red. If you are in need of balance and harmony, green is the way to go. Needing to tap into some inspiration? Powder blue will assist you.

Affirmations:
Our thinking has a direct impact on the quality of our lives. By declaring affirmations with spiritual power and sincerity, we attune our mind to the positive flow of the universe and attract into our lives the experiences our hearts are most desiring. Affirmations are positive declarations – they do not contain the words “not” or “never”.  An example of this would be instead of saying, “I am not sick” say, “I accept only perfect health”.

Movement:
One of the easiest ways to center and let go is by becoming present to movement of our breath. By peacefully observing the inhale and exhale, the gentle rise and the fall of the belly, we slow our heart rate down, calm the nerves, and release tension. This small act can completely transform our reality. The next time you are feeling rushed, or are in the midst of a challenging experience, stop for a moment and take a deep inhale through your nose and exhale out through your mouth. Repeat this cycle at least 3 times, allowing your chest to soften and your stomach to expand. To add to the calming effect, when you exhale let out a sigh, a deep, “Ahhhhhh”. This sound alerts our subconscious that its safe and tells the muscles in our bodies to release and let go.

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