Friday, March 11, 2011

Little Habits can Enrich

According to Leo Babauta of Zen Habits the little habits can mean a lot. He suggests shaping your day around a series of manageable little routines which can enhance and enrich your life. For example, several of his include a ritual when he gets in the door, putting his clothes away, washing the dishes by hand, clearing distractions, taking a walk and reflecting....

He also prepares many of his meals in advance:

'Cooking your own meals is the healthiest (and most frugal) choice, but if you have to cook three to six times a day, it’ll get too cumbersome and you’re likely to give up. So I prepare my food in bulk (for 3-6 days in advance), and eat the same meals all week. It’s no harder than cooking smaller meals. I only make food that I adore, so I don’t get bored. It’s super easy to stay on a meal plan this way.'

One of his guiding quotes is "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. ~ Aristotle

One is encouraged to think about the little refinements we can make to our day which can reduce stress and increase our well being.