Dear HRart Worker,
I’m sure we have all heard the saying “less is more”. If you’re like me, you have accepted this saying in a tangible fashion equating its’ meaning to having less things. This translation of meaning shares a limited truth, one that lacks the possibility behind this practice. Yes, this common saying is a practice, a practice that has the potential to increase our capacity to fully experience joy.
As a girl, I had everything that I needed yet I grew up with dreams of one day being able to have everything I wanted. It was only a matter of time before this vision of what my life will one day be became linked with my associated definition of success. I began to evaluate my personal worth based on what surrounded me. The conclusion I often found at the end of this evaluation was that it was never enough. I needed more because I believed that the extrinsic world determined my fate, well-being and happiness.
When I began my Medical Qigong training, I was extended an invitation to begin exploring the intimate intrinsic world within. What I found initially was a lot of clutter, so much that it was energetically chaotic to be there making it extremely difficult to stay in that space for long periods. It was here that I needed the practice of less is more. This practice allowed me to release suppressed emotions that I carried with a belief they would make me stronger. This practice allowed me to release analytical thoughts to situations that did not need my analysis. This practice allowed me to sit in stillness without guilt of perceived unproductivity.
Despite this heavy lifting, the true magic of the practice came in the shift of my relationship with the external world. Complex interactions seemed less daunting, work became less complicated and joyful moments became more alive. Less provided me the opportunity for more presence. I became capable for the first time in my life to be fully in a moment, giving my whole self to the people that matter most rather than routinely only giving a piece.
As we revisit this episode of The HRart Rise Morning Show (below), listen to the lesson of using joy as a guide while also tuning within. Listen to your intuition and let it guide you in what you need to release, what less you should embrace to make space for the more you deserve.
The video can also be found here.
I hope you enjoyed this lesson as much as I did! Until next time, take care of yourself!
p.s. This blog post was adapted from the Letters From the HRart fortnightly newsletter. I invite you to subscribe!
Cover Photo by Sarah Dorweiler