It's So Easy

It's so easy to go shopping and buy things. It's so easy to watch TV or read a book. It's so easy to sit and surf your phone or computer. It's so easy to (fill in the blank).

It's so hard to buy less. It's so hard to exercise. It's so hard to pay full attention to the person you are talking to instead of surfing your phone. It's so hard to (fill in the blank).

All the items in the first paragraph are passive activities. We have become a passive society, finding it easier to receive what is essentially mindless information instead of expending mental and or physical energy.

When you have free time, do you find yourself in the first paragraph or the second?

As we work towards a more simple life, I found spans of empty time to fill. I try hard to just relax during that time, go for a walk, exercise, pay attention to those around me or make a healthy dinner without time pressures. However, lately, I am falling back on old habits of passive activities. I know I am doing this, yet it is hard to stop.

I realize that most of this passive activity happens after dinner. By then, I am mentally and physically tired. A quick internet search shows I am not the only one with this problem.

What I would like to do is something truly relaxing for my mind and body. Here are some ideas I came up with:

  • Simple yoga stretching
  • A short walk around the block (this can feel so good I may add a few more blocks!)
  • Listening to music in the backyard
  • Simply sitting outside - dress for the weather, even if it is cold. Our front porch is fairly sheltered and I have sat out there at add times. 
  • Read only one blog post and reflect on it in a journal or a blog post of my own. It is hard to stick to reading only one, but if I don't, I will read all night. 
  • If you have children, let them read a book to you, or watch them perform
  • Play a game of solitaire. I once had a notebook full of solitaire card games I liked to play (yes cards, not on the computer)
What would you add to this list?