Less mind chatter.
But less, isn’t really less.
Less means more sometimes.
More relaxed focus.
Yesterday I boiled sap into maple syrup. Just small batches. I took some of the boiling sap and made tea, then sat down with a book for a few hours. In the middle of one batch, I went out into the sunshine with my dog, took the shedding blade out into the pasture and brushed each of the horses. I had waffles for dinner with hot syrup. So simple, so satisfying.
The day before I cleaned another section of the basement and took a couple of boxes to donate to Goodwill. The task seemed overwhelming if I looked at the whole mess that needed clearing out, so I didn’t look at the whole mess, I looked at one 10 foot section and started there. It’s slow work but the turtle can win the race at the end.
I’ve been wanting to get my blood pressure down naturally. I know it’s a multi pronged approach but the nitric oxide supplement (made from beets) has brought about the biggest difference. After two weeks it’s helped my numbers decrease by 15 points top and bottom plus I’ve been able to cut my other blood pressure medication in half. I thought that might be the case after reading about the NOS3 gene in the book Dirty Genes. But it’s amazing to put the book into actual practice and watch it make a difference.
Yes, this is the year of less and the year of more. Less medication, more natural substitutions. Less work, more time with my aging parents. Less scheduling, more going with the flow. It’s the right place in life to make peace with less.