ABUNDANT = more space, money, time, freedom & focus
MINIMALISM = less clutter, no debt, fewer complications, obligations & distractions

Lucid Living

A dreamcatcher hangs from a thatch roof with the beach in the background reminding us to be lucid living in this waking dream
A dreamcatcher to remind us to be lucid living in this waking dream.
Image by Michelle Lauzon

Lucid Living and Lucid Dreaming

Lucid dreaming is being aware that one is dreaming. With that realization it’s possible to take control of the direction and content of one’s dreaming life. This is a very important skill to have, not only for our sleeping hours, but a useful part of our waking life because life is like a dream. If a person spends 8 hours a night sleeping, that’s one-third of a lifetime! Rather than being aware and in control, most people don’t even remember a thing that happened during sleep.

Perhaps lucid dreaming is even possible beyond this physical realm for after our bodies die and our energy is free to become part of anything we can possibly imagine. I thought I invented this idea, of actively creating our own afterlife, but it’s actually an ancient part of Buddhism, and it’s called Dream Yoga.

How about being lucid while not dreaming?

Far too many people feel that their waking life is pushing them around, while they have little control over what happens to them. If that feels like you, then starting now is the best time to begin to take back the reins and take charge of your life. The first step is simply to acknowledge that each one of us is responsible for our own life. No one else could be more interested in changing it the way we would like it to be. If we don’t steer, someone or something else will. It’s time to start lucid living.

What are you creating space for?

Minimalism is all about lucid living, because the word lucid is synonymous with clear, plain, straightforward, rational, clear thinking. With our minimalist lifestyle we are carefully and consciously creating the kinds of lives we desire by directing our focus toward the most important aspects of our lives right now. We accomplish this focus by removing the distractions and obligations that would deter us from accomplishing our aims.

What are your intentions today?

What about next week? What do you aspire to achieve one month from now? 6 months? One year? Five?

Take a few minutes now to direct your focus on your objectives and write them down so you can refer back to them later. Refining our focus is a crucial element in crafting the life we want to live. It helps to make reminders on a calendar. How can you adjust what you are doing now to ensure that you accomplish what you want? What things or activities are distracting you from reaching your goals? How can you remove these hindrances and diversions?

Abundant Minimalism is all about creating more space and freedom in our lives. We are carefully crafting our spaces and our schedules so that we are able to do more of what we love. For me that’s stuff like cycling and camping, dancing, travelling, and meeting fascinating people who inspire me.

Perhaps you are looking to fill the spaces you have cleared with more joy, new opportunities, interesting challenges, things that serve you, and experiences that make you feel amazing.

Me too.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know what you think.

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