This morning, Lowi and I along with a handful of friends are embarking on an adventure with the book Simple and Free: 7 Experiments against Excess by Jen Hatmaker. You may have read about it in our blog last week. (if you missed it, you can catch it here). This is a series of social experiments to help us identify excess in our lives, that distract us from the truer, more meaningful matters in life. The areas we will be looking at over the next several months are food, clothing, spending, media, possessions, waste, and stress. (I am going to go out on a limb now and say the stress section might prove illuminating)
I won’t do this process the disservice of calling it a cleanse or a detox. We simply are human beings who can get caught up in the machine and the processes of life. We don’t always take the time or know how to investigate what motivates us or keeps us in unhelpful cycles. Through these seven experiments, we will undoubtedly run into obstacles, road blocks and wheel-barrows full of resistance. Discomfort, in any form, will change you and shape your viewpoint. It seems that is the point.
Our first experiment is to look at excess food in our lives. How many of us are so incredibly blessed with access to food that we sometimes waste it, overeat but undernourish ourselves, or don’t consider the plenty at all? How many of us never really consider that we can walk into a grocery store nearby and have access to and the means to buy what we need or want?
For the next 4 weeks, we each chose our own version of simplifying. Some of us followed Jen Hatmaker’s lead and chose 7 foods that we would eat for the next 28 days. Others in the group are focusing on different approaches to food in regard to health conditions and the like. And we all have our own thoughts about what we hope to find, to be revealed by removing the excess. Let’s be clear, because we are simplifying our foods down to seven does not mean we are starving ourselves, limiting calories etc. We are limiting distractions. As the title of the book alludes, we are moving toward Simple and Free.
This isn’t to be confused with a diet, although I won’t complain if I lose some pandemic pounds. It is an exploration of our relationship with food to an extent. It is an opportunity to slow down and see how we interact with food. Honestly, we don’t know what we will discover, that’s part of the fun (and possibly difficulty).
Of course, you can join at any time or create your own group. Be sure to get Jen’s book so you can hear all the great details from her. We’ll be keeping you updated on what this series of experiments reveals to us as we go.
Sunshine & Sarcasm,
Lowi & G