Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Do what you can. Where you are. With what you have.” He was spelling out the philosophy of living simply. What worked in the 19th century can still work now, despite the fact that the late President of the United States would have been utterly befuddled if he could have stepped into a time-travel machine and visited our complex, confused, computer-connected world.
When you think about living simply, there are three aspects to it:
- A simple clean living philosophy.
- Improving health through natural foods.
- Enhancing beauty through natural products.
A Simple Clean Living Philosophy
The reason we seek a new philosophy is because we are not happy, and the reason we are not happy is because we feel overwhelmed by the problems, challenges, and complexities of our lives.
Here are the three basic ideas that make up a simple clean living philosophy:
- Living simply makes you more appreciative. When you live simply, less is more. All the people, expectations, and obligations we have can be overwhelming. All the things we have or want to have are also a burden on us. By having less of these things, we will have less to fret over.
- Living simply helps you through hard times. When you are overwhelmed by busy days, you are not resourceful enough to solve any relationship, health, or wealth problems you may be experiencing. When you simplify, divest yourself of clutter, and step away from your energy-sapping activities, you can see things more clearly and come up with new answers.
- Living simply stops you from over-consumption. In the United States today, the average person produces more than four pounds of garbage and faces 3,000 advertisements coaxing him or her to spend more money. The result of all this excessive consumption is that people live well above their means and the collective credit card debt is about $9 billion.
Improving Health through Natural foods
Natural foods have little or no artificial ingredients or preservatives. Since the body does not know how to process many of the chemicals used in packaged foods, many new health problems have arisen. Natural foods are organic fruits, vegetables and free-range meats.
In an article called “U.S. Foods Chockfull of Ingredients Banned in Other Countries,” Dr. Mercola issues the following advice:
“When reading product packages, here are some of the most common food additives to watch out for:
- Preservatives: sodium benzoate, sodium nitrite, BHA, BHT, TBHQ
- Sweeteners and artificial sweeteners: fructose, high fructose corn syrup, aspartame, sucralose, acesulfame potassium (acesulfame-K)
- Artificial colors: FD&C Blue Nos. 1 and 2, FD&C Green No. 3, FD&C Red Nos. 3 and 40, FD&C Yellow Nos. 5 and 6, Orange B, Citrus Red No. 2.
- Artificial flavors.
- Flavor enhancers: monosodium glutamate (MSG), hydrolyzed soy protein, autolyzed yeast extract.”
Enhancing Beauty through Natural Products
In the same way that artificial ingredients in food creates toxins in our bodies that could result in disease, chemicals in cosmetics can also harm us. One site, amoils.com, offers natural healing oils for a variety of health and beauty issues. These kinds of natural products are an alternative to body care products with chemicals. When artificial chemicals are rubbed on the skin, they are absorbed into the body, which can lead to serious health defects down the road.
The Payoff to Living Simply
There is an immediate payoff to living simply: you drop anxiety and depression. Suddenly you become available to experience your life—instead of running away from something or toward something. When you are no longer caught up in fear of the future or regret over the past, then you spontaneously experience peace, vitality, and even happiness.
This is a post by Sara Stringer