When Less is More

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a movie that tells a twisted tale of morality based on four character flaws, gluttony, rudeness, selfishness and vanity. It’s a story of 5 children who win tickets to Willy’s Chocolate Factory and based on their moral behaviour during their visit, the one who demonstrates restraint, politeness, generosity and modesty inherits the business.

There have been numerous times in my life when I haven’t been aligned with my own internal moral compass. I’m still working on my spending habits. We inherently know overindulgence is rarely a good thing. Why then are we drawn to overdo chocolate, sex, drugs, alcohol, exercise, eating, working, shopping, perfectionism, material possessions and other areas in our lives?  Why do we move beyond a place of simply having enough to excess?

Often, a sense of internal dissatisfaction triggers us to seek external things to make us feel happy. This is the reward system of the brain in action - seeking to eliminate pain and enhance pleasure.  

So how do we seek realignment when we are overdoing it? First, recognizing where we might be overindulging is a good start. Cait Flanders, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of “the year of less” advises to start by taking an inventory of our lives. This can apply to a broad area, not just taking a look at what’s in our closets, cupboards and storage areas for excess, but our physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual behaviours too.

Research suggests that simplifying or decluttering areas in our lives can create space for us to be more creative, think more clearly and perhaps connect with what is truly meaningful in our lives - our sacred self.  What if we were to listen to our inner voices, identify what is truly meaningful and of value to us and begin the process of de-cluttering our lives?

Whole Life Recovery is about healing and finding supported pathways to mental, emotional, physical, social and spiritual state of well-being. Recovery coaching is founded on two core beliefs: 1) there are many different pathways to recovery and 2) once recovery in one area is found, the solutions to many challenges facing individuals in recovery are found within themselves.

Kim is a Professional Life & Recovery Coach and SHE RECOVERS Coach. For more information please visit www.seatoskycoaching.com or contact Kim at kim@seatoskycoaching.com