What's Essential? The Art of Shaking It Off

When we let go, we create space. This can mean letting go of objects, people, jobs, ways of interacting, habits. Dormant energy starts to shift. I devoured Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less in a day. We live in a time and space where it’s cool to be or to SEEM busy. I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard I’m soooo busy or I’m running around all day or I’ll see if I can squeeze that in…. 

Oftentimes, this frantic business vibe or the fanaticism of busyness results in little productivity. Greg McKewon tells us there are fundamental differences between business and productivity. What are our real priorities? How can we let go of what we don’t want or need to be devoting energy to in order to create more space and time for those things we love?

This book taught me and is still teaching me to decide what is essential. It’s not easy. I let go of a job, a job offer, plans to buy a house in the country, half of my wardrobe, parts of my art practices that were not serving me, and assisting at a yoga studio.

These releases were not easy. They were simple, but not easy. At times, I had to answer to others. I had to answer to myself and trust that newer, more essential practices and opportunities would emerge. But, it takes courage to let go of what’s not essential. Often, it’s not nonessential habits that let us avoid ourselves. It’s easy to keep busy so we don’t have to sit in the space of self.

After I decided what to shake off, and shook it off — I created divine space for Plain Alchemy. I started to make more time for my writing. My partner and I welcomed an amazing dog into our home. I received loads of support from those around me — perhaps because they saw I was being true to myself — digging for my essentialness.

What can you let go of? What have you been wanting to create space for?

(photo: from Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown)


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