Moving Lightly Through the World

What would happen if we met life's mud puddles with a child's gleeful abandon?
BY Leo Babauta TIMESeptember 18, 2022 PRINT

You might know that I’m a fan of simplicity and minimalism, but for me, it’s not just about having less stuff or even doing less.

For me, it’s a way of moving through the world with lightness. Not lightly tiptoeing around trying not to make an impact, but with lightness in my heart.

Moving lightly through life is like hiking up a mountain without the burden of a heavy bag and with a spring in your step. It’s facing the new day with joy instead of dread.

Moving lightly is taking on your work with a feeling of empowerment and peace. It’s the leap in your heart when you reconnect with a friend who you love.

It’s how a child romps around in a field of flowers or splashes triumphantly in a mud puddle.

It isn’t, however, how we pile our worries and complaints on top of ourselves until we’re weighed down.

Instead of moving lightly, we avoid and procrastinate or push ourselves to do stuff we don’t want to do and carry the weight of it all. We try to create systems of control to manage the chaos of life so that we don’t have to step into the unknown.

What if we let go of all of that and simply moved through life with an open heart? With a feeling of playfulness and joy, of being willing to splash in the mud and make a mess?

What would be different if you did your work this way? If you connected with others, collaborated with others, and loved others in this way?

What would it be like to romp through your day in this lighthearted way?

Leo Babauta
Leo Babauta is the author of six books and the writer of Zen Habits, a blog with over 2 million subscribers. Visit ZenHabits.net
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