Simplicity

What is simplicity and how do we find it?

It is common to hear or read about folks wanting more simplicity in their lives. Heck, even I would love to embrace the idea of simplicity in my life. However, are we talking simplicity as abandoning all creature-comfort for a life alone in some back wood cabin, chopping wood for fire and hauling water from some creek?

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Or is this desire for simplicity something deeper…not a physical cabin get-away so much as simply letting go from fears found in a life filled with…“an empty abundance.”

“Our affluent society contains those of talent and insight who are driven to prefer poverty, to choose it, rather than submit to the desolation of an empty abundance.”
~Michael Harrington

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When is too much……just too much? Maybe too much comes with abandoned cars or messy storage units once called a car garage…

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Maybe the drive to find simplicity comes when our “living” rooms turn into indoor dump sites with stuff we felt were needs, but in reality, became tomorrow’s garbage that we cannot seem to part with yet…

“You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.”
~Vernon Howard

So, again, what is simplicity and is it easy to find without someone poking the fun out of you while winking and whispering, “Oh, living in the sticks, eh?”

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Perhaps simplicity can be found everywhere at anytime.

I am slowly learning about this thing called simplicity, starting with a ten-minute quiet moment every morning. Some call it meditation, but I see it as daily mindful sitting.

With eyes closed, body relaxed, I set the timer for ten minutes (although, Everyday Gurus suggests twelve minutes to maximize on the benefits) and begin to reflect inwards to focus with intention on myself. For example, a mindful sitting may look at how I perceive and process inconvenient life situations like staying calm while driving (heh)…areas I would like to see changes not only for a better me, but in the big picture, a better world–world peace, being one example.

This mindful sitting may seem trivial and maybe it is, however, I feel an overall calmness within myself since starting mindful sitting. To be honest, my mind tends to wander all over the place and I am working to stay focus and train my “wild child” mind.

In application to blogging, I got over the guilt that I needed to post something everyday. I had to be honest with myself and realize, my capabilities to process a quality post everyday and still perform my personal obligations was not, at this time, right for me.

As we go through our day, no matter how complicated or crazy our schedules become, one can go within to seek a quiet quality mindful sitting moment appreciating this thing called simplicity.

Why not look around and check:

Are there things I need to let go that hinder my practice of living life in blissful simplicity? Please share…

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“The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go.”

~Steve Maraboli

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Curtain Call: Featured Blog…

To tie in this theme, simplicity, with the Feature Blog, In Blue: Make Believe Boutique came to mind. Blue describes herself  as “…surfacing bit by bit, in layers…” as a “…quiet and reflective artist…” 

I think you will find calm and spiritual peace as you walk with Blue’s unique writing reflections such as, the spontaneous healing of a tired soul.

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Inspiration today comes from Jakesprinter’s SUNDAY POST :Simplicity. Thank you!

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Morning Mantra: I WILL OWN THIS DAY!

 

Mornings, by definition, are the time between “midnight and noon, especially sunrise to noon.”  Sometimes I find it hard to work my mornings when all the garbage and filth from days, or maybe even years, muddles up my thoughts.

You know the tired feeling that sits with you even before you get yourself out of bed. It seems immediately negative voices in your head begin to bicker and whine. Mine sounds a bit like this:

“Why do I have to go to work today, why can’t I just stay home, why is my place looking like a nuclear bomb just hit it, why do I have to cook dinner, why do I already have a headache, why are all the animals around here so, so needy, why should I live on a budget, why is my neighbors’ dog using my yard to do his business!”

Why, oh, why!!!

Help me out big he-man, John Wayne…I can almost hear his slow drawl as he hollers out,

“There’s a lot of things GREAT about LIFE. But I think tomorrow is the most important thing. Comes to us at midnight very clean, ya know. It’s PERFECT when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands, it HOPES we have learned something from yesterday.”

Sweet! Learning to arise in the morning with a clear head takes a conscious effort. Perhaps watching John Wayne movies may help motivate the “can-do” spirit within me along with daily morning meditations.

So, look out, early morning “blahs,“ for the powerful chain saw I call meditation is revving up and aims to bring down all those apathetic energies.

Be gone with you, all negative morning mantras like, “My life sucks” and “I feel like crap!”

Hey, if you want to join in on my new morning mantra, all you need to do is shout out every morning:

“I WILL OWN THIS DAY!”

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“He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety…”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Ya, got a positive morning mantra to share, partner?
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Every week, Jakesprinter hosts the SUNDAY POST: With this week’s theme being, Morning. If you are looking for inspiration and encouragement, I urge you to join in this community and share your creative works. Hope to see you soon!

Check out the latest Sunday Post contributors to this week’s theme and own it!

 

EEK! Habits and Spiders!!

 

Look what came to visit today…

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A striped spider…does anyone know what kind of spider this is?

If a spider stops you in your tracks, what else but shriek so the whole neighborhood hears you, quickly grab your camera, compose yourself and then proceed to point and shoot!

Next, with your spider photograph, spend way too much time playing around with spider quotes on Wikiquotes and photo editing in Picasa.

Now, let me tell you the rest of the quote written by Lydia Sigourney on habits and we can meditate on it together.

“Habits, though in their commencement like the filmy line of the spider, trembling at every breeze, may in the end prove as links of tempered steel, binding a deathless being to eternal felicity or woe.”

Hmm, I guess you can say our good and bad habits start at a certain point and if we keep mindful of the bad ones; strive to break them while they delicately dangle within our reach, then; the good habits flourish taking us into a happier space.

Okay, got it. Going off to work on all my baddies…

What habit is delicately dangling within your reach waiting to be blown out with the next breeze?

 

A Collectible that R-O-C-K-S!

Sometimes one can find God unexpectedly in one of nature’s collectible items such as in a simple rock:

“I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from Him.
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He alone is my ROCK and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken.”
~Psalm 62: 1-2

It is easy to start a simple rock collection. Usually, a few steps outside will have you stumbling over a few, if not many, various rocks of different sizes and shapes. It is easier to find rocks living in country towns where dirt roads are as common as paved sidewalks are to big city towns, but, if one looks long and hard enough, rocks can be uncovered in the least expected places.

Heck, the easiest would be to go buy yourself a rock collection.

Now, once your rock collection starts to take off, finding ways to display your collection is also easy. For example, by adding a few river rocks to a simple prayer/meditation table it can help visualize the fortress, the Divine One made visible; the ROCK of safety, ready to shelter and protect during any earth shattering life storms.

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Other people have used their rock collections for hot/cold stone massage, as decorative pieces in their rock garden and one woman I know fills her guest bathroom sink with small rocks she picked up over in the garden supply. Washing your hands over rocks brings a bubbling brook right into your own home!

So, rocks, as a collectible, can be an economical, practical and best of all, spiritually inspiring for those looking for a “solid” way to build a collection that R-O-C-K-S!

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Do you have a favorite collectible that simply rocks your world?

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Find weekly inspiration over at Jakesprinter, SUNDAY POST : Collectibles.

Oh, Dear fresh Water, You are too easy on me…

Dear fresh Water, you come too easy in my life.

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Do you not see how I take you, dear fresh Water, for granted simply because you are readily available when I need or want it. In my house, for example, you flow out 24/7, clean and fresh from any faucet.

If I need you ready-to-go,all you do is whisper for me to take a quick run over to Wal-Mart and pick up a few convenient bottled water cases.

Oh, fresh Water! I never have to think about you if I don’t want to. Therefore, you see how easy you make it for me to take you for granted?

Since SUNDAY POST is featuring: Water H2O « Jakesprinter Sunday Post,  I want to stop taking you for granted.

The first step in my life-changing attitude is to write a few ideas on ways to appreciate you, my precious gift of fresh Water.

Blessings

I will now make it a habit to say a blessing before and after I have a drink of your thirst quenching qualities. This sounds simple enough and I hope it  helps set the foundation to be constantly aware of you. I’m going to try it and will let you know how it goes, dear fresh Water

Bottled Water

How many times have I seen opened containers of you bottled up  and only a small portion of you consumed?  Many times people just toss you into the trash but a church friend collects all the unwanted water bottles after social events and uses it to hydrate her flowerbeds. Now that’s a great idea!

This friend also suggested instead of buying ready-made bottles of yourself, I should install a in-house water filtration system, bottle you as my own filtered water, and fill only what I need.

Little Ways to Save Water

Here is a few more water saving ideas from the Internet:

  • Install low flow toilets and faucet heads in your home and fix any water leaks.

(Oh, handyperson? Where are you??  I can see this will take a while to work on…)

  • Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth. (Easy, can do!)

“This year my wife suggested we also turn off our water, and collect all our drinking, washing, bathing and flushing water by bucket from a friend’s house 3 km away.”

(Turning you off, my precious fresh Water. seems too  difficult at this point…I really need to work myself up to this one!)

Meditation

As I was reading on ways to appreciate you, fresh Water, I found this quote on anger and water. It has nothing in common with what I have written about except that it’s about you, fresh Water!!

(Okay, go ahead, throw the tomatoes at me . . . it’s either share it with you or read it to my house cat and you know, cats can care less about you, fresh Water, unless it’s for their drinking pleasure!)

Anger is like flowing water; there’s nothing wrong with it as long as you let it flow.

Hate is like stagnant water; anger that you denied yourself the freedom to feel, the freedom to flow; water that you gathered in one place and left to forget.

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–Stagnant water becomes dirty, stinky, disease-ridden, poisonous, and deadly;
that is your hate.

On flowing water travels little paper boats; paper boats of forgiveness.

Allow yourself to feel anger, allow your waters to flow, along with all the paper boats of forgiveness. ~C.Joy Bell

This is the start of my new appreciation of you, fresh Water and I want to thank you for every thirst you quenched, every shower that kept me clean and all the fun you offer every summer down at the lake.

You are simply wonderful, fresh Water!!

What are your ideas on how to appreciate the gift of fresh water?