Since the beginning of the year, many of us have lost a LOT of what once defined our lives: routines, hangouts, traditions, and many other things upended or indefinitely postponed. It’s cleared a lot off of our collective schedules. And what are we left with?
Thankfully, I’ve had a bit of experience with a time when there was far, far less to keep a young kid occupied than there is even now. Being stuck in the forests of New Hampshire as a kid before the days of wifi, cell phones and video games, I had to create my own enjoyment out of what nature provided for me. And you know what? I managed pretty well, and ended up building tree forts, trees and locating swimming holes wherever I could. That experience helped hone my imagination and sense of invention, which guided me towards a degree in Environmental Science at UVM — after all, being in nature was already a pleasure for me by that point. Moreover, it honed my imagination and sense of invention, which has served me well in my current endeavors.
However, for most of us, getting towards the Simple Life(style) is gonna take a little practice. You don’t just wake up one day with the entire social order thrown out of wack like our pal down here…
The point is to put out your inner fire first and begin with letting go of the clutter from there. So let’s start.
Now this is all easier said than done, if not simpler, of course. For those stressed about sending kids back to school, job loss, or the state of the nation or the world, it’s not like the problems or stresses are getting any simpler.
This is ALL the more reason to start paring down one’s lifestyle NOW, and really determining what you can do without. And while I don’t have a family, I do have a business which a lot of people depend upon for their survival, and like all businesses, it has lots of moving parts that all need to be working in harmony in order to function and grow. For me, keeping it simple means operating in a state of flow, where I and everyone else on the team I have created knows their role and is executing properly within it.
Of course, I encounter conflict and obstacles along the way. Wherever you go, you are facing what happens when poor leadership and management saturates the public landscape. It forces me and others around me to be more self-sufficient and to reorganize when necessary. “Delegate, Delegate, Delegate,” as a friend of mine often tells me, and it is no different for you. NO ONE (except you, perhaps) expects you to be good at everything. Rather, you have to determine who is good at what around you, and let them do their job. Keeping it simple means knowing your role, and playing it well.
In the leadup to any job, there’s a lot of drudgework that one has to get used to, which I call “thriving in the boring.” As the Chinese know, boring can be important, too, because boring means peaceful, and we could all use a bit more of that. Of course, that’s one of the reasons we created 1CaB — to fill in naturally to strengthen one’s positive resolve. Every day, I’ll sample some of my products to assist even when I get knocked off of flow and get right back in the game. Others depend on me to do that, as they do in your life, too.
Finally, we all need to learn when to discard energies that don’t serve us. This comes in the form of attitudes, defeatism or inappropriate aggression that certain people end up bringing to the table, and these sorts of things create unnecessary complications. Recently, one of our esteemed Wellness Muses, Dr. Karina Klimtchuk of Kai Wellness, pused to me, “Brian, do you think WE deserve to work with people that are easy to work with?” I thought at first this was a trick question, but I realized the answer was pretty simple — not necessarily. It shouldn’t take you too much time to determine their worth in your life, and if it does, it tells you the decision you need to make as to whether they stay or go.
The 1Cab simple lifestyle
Right now, something’s tugging at your attention, however. Maybe you’ve checked your phone, which most people do habitually about every 5 minutes, after all. Or you’re still reeling from your last doomscrolling binge. This natural urge to stay informed and connected has unfortunately wreaked havoc on our collective mental health, and has added to the clutter and chaos in our minds. Speaking as a recovering addict, I also see the FEAR that exists in such activities, of finally putting down the phone and confronting the quiet and the painful elements of life. Many of those pain points come from difficulties with the basics of life — love, health, food and career chief amongst them.
Our strategy at Medicine Box is simple — you work on the basics, and the answers flow from there. Sleep, food and overall vitality are essential to maintaining the proper spiritual foundation to help with one’s struggles. To do this, nature has to be re-introduced into people’s lifestyles — whether that’s hiking in a forest, planting a garden or making plant medicine part of one’s daily routine. It begins with Vital Recovery to start off the day with a natural energy boost thanks to the power ‘shrooms — chaga, maitake and shiitake — that we’ve brought into the mix. Then you can move onto Happy Belly, which soothes and activates the gut microbiome with several herbs, spices — including cinnamon, which we’ve been watching closely for its [TK] effects — and mushrooms. Finally, you have Equanimity as a natural relaxer which also aids in a calm, restful sleep.
A few million years ago, some of you may remember a reality show called The Simple Life with Paris Hilton and Nicole Richey. I kinda wish it was still on, just so that good ol’ Paris and Nicole could come out to Tahoe and do a digital detox, participate in a plant medicine ceremony and leave with a 1CaB in their Prada purses. Whatever your opinion may be about it, there’s no doubt that nature is the great equalizer and everyone can benefit from scaling back, even those that have everything, because let’s face it — they like the rest of us, would be better off with a little bit less.