Earth and The Great Sea

I began writing my Earth and The Great Sea journal pages for myself to think out my own particular pattern of living and my own individual balance of life. I'm a writer and I’ve lived near the ocean on the pacific coast for 39 years. My thoughts are wound about the sea, reading, writing and meeting deadlines, and searching for ways to weave in more solitude and simplicity.

First, I began reducing the amount of clothes I buy and wear. My busyness stopped. The fragments of my life became still. I began to connect to the part of me that craves simplicity. Minimizing and simplifying my clothing allowed me to see excess consumption in other parts of my life as well, and to make changes. 

I began to examine and re-evaluate my shopping habits, and my consumptive nature. I’ve come to understand that I enjoy a lifestyle of owning less. It provides me with freedom, calm, enhances and gives me greater satisfaction than owning an abundance of things ever did. 

The shift in my thinking brought me back to caring deeply about sustainability and interconnectedness, values I was raised with, but were slipping away from me.

Walking down the beach, soothed by the rhythm of the waves I began to pay attention to reducing the clutter in my mind. Reminding myself that I must be alone for a part of each day, longer stretches of time are best, but even for an hour or two or I will have little to give to my family, my friends, my community, and to the world at large. There is much more to explore. This is only a beginning. 

Read my journal pages at Earth and The Great Sea

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