Simple Pleasures: A Guide

Life has felt a little extra chaotic lately. Nothing specific to mention, just the general and persistent stress and trauma of living in a fast paced society, ya know?

Even as someone who practices mindfulness like a full time job, my mind sometimes feels like city streets- where all the traffic lights have stopped working and it has become a blood bath, free for all, every man, car, pedestrian for themself.

So, I am here to remind you, and myself, of the simple pleasures in life- and how to return to them when life feels messy.

Let me remind you that simple pleasures are highly personal- what I find joy in might not be the same little things that you find joy in, and that is okay- encouraged even! How beautiful to experience life uniquely!

It is my belief though, that to live fully we must uncover what it is that brings use joy and then keep allowing that to be in our orbit of life.

As I turn 30 in just a few months, I have created a list of 30 things that bring me simple pleasure.

Take what resonates, leave what doesn’t, and then go create your own.

  1. Waking up by the light of the sun and not your alarm (!!!!!!!)
  2. Going to bed a little earlier, just because you can
  3. Receiving a handwritten note, or writing one
  4. Walking barefoot
  5. Plating a meal you cooked for friends or family
  6. Feeling sunshine after never ending grey
  7. Listening to your favorite music while walking or running
  8. Adding something life-giving to your daily routine 
  9. Starting to feel better after being sick (currently looking forward to this, as I sit here sipping hot tea and blowing my nose, repetitively)
  10. Lighting your favorite candle
  11. Taking the first sip of your favorite beverage
  12. Looking back at old photos 
  13. Coming into work to an organized and clean space 
  14. Breathing salty fresh air at the beach 
  15. Buying something nice for yourself “just because” 
  16. Coming home to a clean house
  17. Hugging someone who needs emotional support
  18. Going to the farmer’s market on a Saturday morning  
  19. Being read to out loud
  20. Going on a long walk with your dog
  21. Taking a cleansing deep breath
  22. Listening to live music
  23. Finishing a good book and starting a new book 
  24. Merging on the highway at the start of a road trip
  25. Sitting by a campfire 
  26. Turning up the radio when a good song comes on
  27. Experiencing post-workout endorphins
  28. Climbing into bed with fresh sheets
  29. Dipping down into a hot tub
  30. Snuggling up under a cozy blanket 

Whatever it is you are doing with your day today, I encourage you to take a moment to pause and indulge in a simple pleasure.

What a different world we might live in, if THIS was the core practice of living.

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