Friday, October 10, 2008

CreativiT + VersatiliT + SimpliciT = TranquiliT

While sitting at the Ritz Carlton listening to Eileen Fisher speak yesterday, I came up with a 3-part "ditty" to describe TranquiliT. I thought that this motto would transfer perfectly to daily life. Aren’t we all searching for an ongoing dose of creative expression, flexibility, and ease? Below I’ve outlined the ways in which we can use these three concepts to have more tranquility in our everyday life. After all, don’t we deserve it?

1. CreativiT – I love this quote by Coco Chanel: "Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening." Creative inspiration constantly surrounds us. Keep your journal nearby to jot down inspirations. Carry a digital camera to capture visual inspirations. Sign up for a knitting class. Take a tango class. Wear red lipstick. Put on your favorite tunes and dance around your living room. Write with a pink pen. Listen to birds sing.

2. VersatiliT – I love (and need) the reminder to go with the flow by staying flexible. When my heavily scheduled day gets shifted, I can become like a 5-year-old demanding to stick to my schedule. Yet, we know deep down that change is constant; nothing is permanent. Wishing things different than they are or getting upset when things change can leave us disappointed and, according to Buddhism, causes suffering. Being adaptable to our surroundings and adjusting to the ebbs and flows of life offers us a sense of bliss – similar to a fabulous dress that can be worn as a top or skirt, also! Another way to stay flexible (literally and figuratively) is to practice yoga.

3. SimpliciT – Thoreau has a great quote, “Life is frittered away by details. Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.” Ever feel like life has become too complicated? Take a moment to explore where you can infuse a dose of simplicity into your busy schedule. Clean out your closets. Take a mental health day. Soak in a warm bath. Think less is more when it comes to accessories, dessert, and even exercise. Read about the 80/20 principle and do your best to work (and live) smarter, not harder. Put your Blackberry away for the weekend and spend quality time with your family, pet, or self.

These three tips can assist us with finding more tranquility in our everyday on-the-go lives. Life is happening at a fast pace and continues to speed up with technology, multi-tasking, and expectations. Take the time you need to reconnect within regularly through self-expression, embracing a flow-like nature, and paring down. Your soul deserves to rest and rejuvenate. Tranquility can be found, even in small doses, every single day. Namaste.

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Miracle said...

I adore all the "T" words. Everytime I see them, they make me smile. You have started a great thing Kimberly.

Ananda said...

I love the simplicity one the most.