“Destination Simple: Everyday rituals for a slower life” by Brooke Mcalary is a slight and rather inconspicuous book, brimming with masterful mindfulness exercises. Its key premise is that by intentionally manipulating your daily habits, you can wield these into viable rituals and what is referred to in the book as rhythms. Thus slowing down and simplifying your life.
She prescribes seven solutions or exercises to undertake each day to attain this lofty goal:
- Single-tasking: Complete focus on one task.
- Unplugging: Basically no electronics for 15 minutes.
- Emptying your mind: A mindfulness technique to relive your brain of nagging thoughts.
- Three point to do list: Making to do lists containing only the three most important tasks to complete.
- Gratitude: Listing 5 things you are grateful for.
- Morning routine: Developing a morning ritual of various tasks (both necessary and voluntary).
- Evening routine: The same as the morning routine but after dinner.
By incorporating one or all of these exercises, a simplified rhythm can be achieved. Many of these concepts and exercises seemed quite familiar, as they are essentially mindfulness devices. However their benefit lies in their practical application to a rather turbulent and typical home life. Each exercise is brief (except perhaps for numbers 6 and 7), and serves as both an organisational and reflective tool. They provide you with a method to organise yourself, that is simple and effective. All in all, a very helpful little guide.
“Learn to enjoy the slice of life you experience, and life turns out to be wonderful.” – Leo Babauta