For the past year, I’ve been practicing hot yoga on a (nearly) daily basis. It’s where I find my dose of quiet, focus, energy, and strength. It’s my oasis away from the needs of everyone else. It’s where I find one hour to focus on only me.
One of my favorite mantras offered during practice is to let go of things that no longer serve you.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot in reference to my yoga practice, but also in my daily life. It offers a framework to think about what we let into our life, what we keep in our life, and what we can let go of.
It aligns quite nicely with a minimalist and FIRE mindset. How? Why?
Here are some questions to ask
What physical things in my life cause more stress than joy? Give them away or sell them. Release the clutter.
What am I spending money on that doesn’t help us achieve our goals? Identify what these are and stop the habit.
What are my kids doing (or spending time on) that does not support them in a healthy way? It’s okay to say no to so many activities. Get them outside. Turn off the screens.
What is causing stress or anxiety? Identify it and stop or change it if you can. If you don’t have control, change how you react or increase self-care (I recommend yoga).
What am I putting in my body that does not help me grow stronger or heal? Be kind to yourself. Eat what nourishes you.
What friendships or relationships are not positive, mutual, or healthy? Surround yourself with supportive people. Release the others (kindly). Find your community.
Permission to Let Go
I challenge you to think about what you can stop doing, say no to, or release to help you reach your financial, personal, or family goals.
Is this a helpful framework? Curious to know if it resonates with others, or what your tips are for simplifying to find happiness!