Facing life with delight and with eyes wide open



“There is a criterion by which you can judge whether the thoughts you are thinking and the things you are doing are right for you. The criterion is: have they brought you inner peace? If they have not, there is something wrong with them so keep seeking! If what you do has brought you inner peace, stay with what you believe is right.”~Peace Pilgrim~



Adapted from Loving and Leaving the Good Life“, by Helen Nearing (Chelsea Green, 1993).

The great pioneer of simple living, Helen Nearing, offers eleven wonderfully wise tips for living not only a less stressful life, but for living in a more connected and organic way.

Her tips really work: she lived to be 91, and her husband Scott to be 100.


Find out the simple principles for Living the Good Life, right here:

  1. Do the best you can, whatever arises
  2. Be at peace with yourself
  3. Find a job you enjoy
  4. Live in simple conditions: housing, food, clothing; get rid of clutter
  5. Contact nature every day; feel the earth under your feet
  6. Take physical exercise through hard work; through gardening or walking
  7. Don’t worry; live one day at a time
  8. Share something every day with someone else; if you live alone, write someone; give something away; help someone else somehow
  9. Take time to wonder at life and the world; see some humor in life where you can.
  10. Observe the one life in all things
  11. Be kind to the creatures.

2 responses to “Facing life with delight and with eyes wide open

  1. Christine,

    I just came across your blog and loved your post about Helen Nearing. Simple lists – especially when it comes from someone who is reflecting on their life experiences.

    You may like a post I put on my blog in late April on the Nearings and The Good Life.

    I will visit again.


  2. canadianchristine

    Hello neighbour to the South,

    Truly honoured to have you stop by and comment, Tim. I have added your blog to my blogroll. Great springtime post you wrote.



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