GREAT IDEAS: simple luxury
Being mindful to notice the intricacies of the world around us takes discipline but is such a worthwhile exercise. It doesn’t need to be time consuming, or requisite of silence and panpipes music and you can even involve kids; what a life-shaping lesson for them to learn early and one I am grateful to have been taught as a kid.
My mum likes to get up early, go outside wrapped in a blanket and watch her garden wake up. Sunlight creeps over previously shadowed leaves, the chooks come out from their coop, birds come to drink from the pond, and insects advance from their secret night shelters to begin the day’s work.
Indulging in simple luxuries is a perfectly legitimate way of bringing enjoyment into your life. These treats don’t have to be expensive or involved, but being mindful of moments of pleasure is rewarding for the soul and is a way of keeping at bay feelings of complacency about how good life is.
Some ideas for moments of simple luxury:
freshly laundered sheets and shaved legs (my all-time favourite thing)
going out for a coffee on your own
a swim in the sea
the smell of freshly-cut lawn
wearing matching underwear
escaping to bed early to read and fall asleep when you’re ready to
being still enough to hear and enjoy the bubbles popping in your sparkling water
a walk beside the ocean
play board games with friends
the smell of a new book
the smell of an old book
receiving snail mail from friends
watching chooks peck around the lawn
giving a (beautifully wrapped) gift “just because”
taking time out to create
looking back through old photos
detecting the first wafts of jasmine in the early spring air
having technology-free time
a glass of wine with Van Morrison on the record player