THE SIMPLE LIFE

It is characteristic of the socially conditioned mind to complicate life by making all kinds of  efforts not only to be successful but also have many different and valuable possessions…. it does require continuous planning to achieve these goals but they rarely do find a sense of fulfilment and contentment….there always appears more steps needed to be taken before they can rest knowing the satisfaction of success…the simple “present moment” feels like a waste of time since they believe the real prize is in the imaginary future…their life is guided by the saying,”those who die with the most toys are the winner”.

The intuitive personality has a completely different set of values…they realize the meaning of life is doing what is most enjoyable in the “now”…and their enjoyment may have no social value but be intrinsically satisfying…possibly they become so involved in the activity, they spontaneously forget their self and lose the sense of time….the intuitive personality is fully aware of what activities offer them this experience…and if it is a creative activity, it can sustain their interest over a lifetime…and truly be said their life has been intensely rich and rewarding.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.~ Leonardo da Vinc

Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough. ~Author Unknown

The trouble with simple living is that, though it can be joyful, rich, and creative, it isn’t simple. ~Doris Janzen

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials. ~Lin Yutang

How many things are there which I do not want. ~Socrates

Who is rich? He who rejoices in his portion. ~The Talmud

Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. ~Lao Tzu

As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness. ~Henry David Thoreau

The reason angels fly is because they take themselves so lightly. ~Anon.

2 Responses

  1. Jenn,

    It is remarkable what we can learn from dogs…their enjoyment of simply being aware of life and their unconditional love are reasons to question our own state of being…wouldn’t it be nice at times to “lead a dog’s life”?

    I wonder if teenagers would be more bearable if they were not so preoccupied with developing a socially approved self image.

    Sid

  2. This reminds me of how I feel when I walk my dogs. I used to walk them because it was time for their walk and that was my responsibility. I enjoyed it somewhat but it wasn’t the highlight of my day. I often felt I had so much other work to do and I was always racing against time; Kids, shopping, school, dinner homework chores etc. I would say to my mother constantly; “I can’t wait for this day to be over”. One day my mother said, “one day when you are older you will wish for more days and guess what, you won’t get them so don’t wish them so easily away now.” She reminded me that these were the days of my life. She told me to look for the best in each day and forget about the rest. She told me that the kids will grow older and leave the house and the dogs will die. She told me that one day I would offer everything I have to get back the days I wished away. I looked at her and said “You’re right”. It was as simple as that.

    Everyday now, several times a day I walk my dogs rain or shine. I see how excited and happy they are to be with me walking in the fresh air, sniffing, looking and hearing all the sounds. I stopped thinking about the dishes in the sink that have to get done, or in just 1 hour I will have 3 teens home from school driving me crazy. I learned how to enjoy the walks as much as my dogs. I am now completely present on those walks. All those years I had convinced myself that walking them was a chore…therefore it felt like a chore.

    Now, walking with my dogs is a gift of down time I give myself. I do as my dogs do. I breathe in the fresh air, I look at everything. I say hello to neighbors (I used to put my head down because I didn’t want to stop to talk because I felt i was too busy)and I even smile at strangers. Now i tell myself that walking the dogs is my break from my busy day. And in this discovery I have found tremendous joy. The only change I made was how I choose to see it. Can you believe it was that simple.

    Now I am TRYING to find that same joy with teenagers…….it’s a little tougher 🙂

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