when less is actually more.

Scott started showing up to class every day at noon. I didn’t know much about him, but I could tell he had “an official 9 to 5 job” and probably should have been at work during the day time. Being the nosiest of nosey-pokers, I asked him why he was showing up to noon class every day. He said, “Ha! That’s easy. I’m a broker and I set my own hours. I’ve noticed the less I work, the happier I am.” Decreasing his working hours– taking a break in the middle of the day to re-charge– increased Scott’s happiness and quality of life.

When we think about the word ‘less,’ we are most likely to deem ‘more’ as its opposite. But that’s not entirely accurate. In so many ways, ‘less’ can actually give us ‘more.’

I’ve discovered repeatedly that embracing the ‘culture of less’ directly challenges the culture of scarcity that we currently inhabit. The culture of scarcity asks us to glamorize fatigue and overwork.  The culture of scarcity requires us to hoard our resources because there isn’t enough to go around. The culture of scarcity tells us the more we buy, the better we feel. The culture of scarcity is a good liar.

I am happier when I own fewer items. I spend less time cleaning my house and more time outside enjoying God’s green Earth.

I spend less money on possessions that I don’t really need and more time buying surprise gifts for friends.

I spend less time over-working and more time with my Ironman and Russell Clive.

I spend less time stressing over how to amass more money to buy something bigger and better and more time in meditation and prayer, grateful for what I already have. 

I truly believe that ‘less is more’ and I think the our meditation time is the perfect time to reflect on this. Instead of asking, “What can I give up?” ask yourself, “Where can I embrace less in order to have more?”

Here are some systematic relaxation exercises and meditation techniques that may remind you that more time you give to self-care, the more time you have to savor and revere. Enjoy.

“61 Points of Light” Systematic Relaxation Exercise

Extended Exhale Breathing:

“Open To Timelessness” Meditation:

Guided Meditation Teachings

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