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The Power of Simplicity

Photo by: Ranjit Swanson
Sri Chinmoy Centre Galleries (from Nepal)

In Modern Life there are a seemingly endless series of options and avenues. At each turn, life seems to present numerous complications. It becomes hard to resist the allure of doing more things and trying to solve a myriad of problems. However,  we are often, consciously or unconsciously, yearning for a more simple approach to life. If we can make an effort to bring more simplicity into our lives, we will find many benefits arise.

1. Peace of Mind. 
Simplicity doesn’t necessarily involve living in a Spartan hut. Real simplicity begins in the mind. If we have numerous anxieties and problems it is not possible to have peace of mind. Simplicity means we learn to clear the mind and not allow ourselves to be bombarded by an endless stream of needless thoughts.


2. Living in the present. 
Complication in life often arises because  we are worrying and planning about the future. We can become so concerned about what may happen tomorrow or next year that we forget to enjoy the present moment. To have one’s focus on the here and now, is to encompass life as it is supposed to be.


3. Less Planning and Thinking
When we complicate life through our endless planning we bring tomorrow’s problems into today. Yet it is always worth remembering that our worries and fears about the future often prove to be groundless.

4. Avoiding Judgement.
It is part of human nature to criticise and judge other people. It is very easy to make a long list of complaints and suggestions about other people. But does it help us when we highlight the faults of others? We should feel that we are not responsible for other people’s thoughts and behaviour. If we feel it is our bounden duty to change others, there can be no simplicity and peace in our life. Rather than try to change others, let us just try to focus on changing ourselves. Our own weaknesses are probably more than enough to deal with.

5. Focus and Achievement
Simplicity enables more to be achieved. Simplicity means that we are focused on one thing at a time. Simplicity means we can put all our concentration on just one thing. If we perform an action with no distractions then we can fulfil it quicker and more successfully. Often, when we simplify our life, we find we can actually achieve more than when we juggled several things at once.

    “The simpler we can become, the sooner we shall reach our destination. A life of simplicity is a life of constant progress. It is in simplicity that we can make the fastest progress, progress which is everlasting.”
    – Sri Chinmoy

6. Simplicity and Beauty. 
Simplicity is often synonymous with beauty. For example, Zen gardens are uncluttered and simple, yet in that simplicity there is a beauty which appeals to our soul. It is the same with Mother Nature; the essence of nature is its unspoilt beauty. Has man ever been able to improve on the beauty and simplicity of nature?


7. Happiness
Be happy with what we have. As George Bernard Shaw aptly said

    “There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart’s desire; the other is to get it.”
    The nature of desire is that the more we get the more we want. When we get a new car, often after a while we are not satisfied and want to get something better. However real happiness comes when we are content with what we have and are free of desire.
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    Love Will Heal Your Life: Enrich Each Moment

    We are all connected in that space of my heart. A love that is ever connected, ever free and whole hearted. How we infuse each moment with love life is ever renewing and unfolding beautifully. There is no greater joy than to know where you have come from and to recognize how far you’ve grown relaxing into the truth and the power of who you are.  
    To be afforded insight into the human heart, to be able to bare witness to the light bulb moments, reconnecting and resurrecting parts of yourself that have long lay dormant, detoxing from whatever weighs you down, is intense. Do not be alarmed. Give yourself the space. Surrender your defenses and open your heart. It is okay. You are not alone. You are not alone in your feelings, You are not alone in your joy, you are connected to everything that is or ever was.
    Resolve to release any story of the past in the present moment. that doesn’t thrill and create a new one. Head into the world, open your eyes and try something new. Whatever it takes. Experiment with a different way of being. Right now. Every time you do, the mind is expanded, new worlds open up and your intuition gets to frolic. Enrich your life love. Watch wonder and curiosity blossom.
    May your soul be full of joy and your life ignite in ways you never dreamed possible.

    Love Will Heal Your Life: Experience The Joy Of Yes

    There is a deep inner power that resides within. When you say YES to your still small voice and live in the spontaneity of expression where judgments fall away and you are in harmony with the present. IN this breath of presence, let your heart BEAT to the rhythm of Love. Allow love to flow through you igniting your heart song.

    John Welwood describes this so perfectly there is nothing to do but share “the words “I Love You” spoken in moments of genuine appreciation, wonder or caring arise from something perfectly pure within us — the capacity to open ourselves and say yes without reserve. Such moments of pure openheartedness bring us as close to natural perfection as we come in this life. The radiant yes of the heart is perfect like the sun in bringing all things to life nourishing all that is truly human.”

    Allow the flame of your truest self to burst ever higher. Let today represent a deepening of the Divine Loving experience, an opportunity to cleanse the past and an embracing of a new loving, powerful, radiant being.

    Say YES with all your heart.

    Take today to live life to its fullest, basking in the sunshine of a delightful day!

    Love Will Heal Your Life: Be Happy With What You Have

    Life is what you make it. As someone said quite beautifully the happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything.

    God bless each moment. God bless your neighborhood. God bless your family. God bless everyone. Seriously. God bless everyone.

    Feel the shift and be present enjoying the happiness of this moment. When you are ready to complain about some circumstance or point a finger and feel bad. Be grateful for all of it. No matter what. Be grateful!

    Stop and live in full appreciation for EVERYTHING and bless everything.

    Be grateful for how much power and strength lie on the other side of beliefs. Let your faith take root and remember with infinite love and gratitude for what is, you have the possibility of shifting the only thing you can. Your perception.

    As Ekhart Tolle says make friends with the present. Happiness lives there. How this is true for each of us becomes the happiness of the days of our lives.

    You don’t need to be a wise man to get the saying it matters not what happens to us it is always our perception that needs tending. Be happy with what you have. May the best of the past be the worst of your tomorrows!

    May your soul be full of joy and your heart leap and spark at the sheer thrill of discovery in happiness with what is.

    Love Will Heal Your Life: Transform Your Thinking

    There is a different way to look at everything. A way for a switch. Whatever is occurring in your life. Release the chronic thought. Take a step back and change your perception. Open your heart. Think with love. Take a deep breath, kick back your shoulders and drill deeper into the center of your being. Take another look.

    Be Willing To See Everything Differently.

    We can’t change what other people do or say we can always change our thinking. When we are thinking without love ninety nine percent of our thoughts are untrue and hurtful.

    Give a new spin to an old thought. Go beyond appearances and see the deeper truth. Defy expectations. Change your thinking about a word, a person, a place.

    How we respond to an event, a person etc. and how we remember to hold this in our being makes all the difference and demonstrates the grace of life filled with ups and downs and losses and finding and creates the fullness of the glass. No matter how you look at it. People make mistakes, forgive and move on. Each memory released and each piece put in service offering a moment of healing and inspiration.

    This is not the world that we were born into this is the world we create through our thoughts and actions and like any inheritance we work to become what we need to be for us and we unlearn that which we have acquired and we know our path is our path and all that we are shackled to when released is the way that we come into the truth of who we are.

    There is always a different way to see. One of my favorite Rumi sayings almost Confuscian in its wisdom. What you sow will bear fruit. So if you have any sense my friend, don’t plant anything but love.

    Slow down, calm down, don’t worry, don’t hurry, trust the process. -Alexandra Stoddard.

    Love Will Heal Your Life: Dare To Be Remarkable

    Infuse your action with the confidence of your being, remembering who you are.
    A remarkable glorious one of a kind creation.

    You are a beautiful essential expression of life filled with joy and inspiration.
    It is time to own it.
    The human condition is uncommonly extraordinary
    There is nothing arrogant about remembering the lord of creation is within you as it is in everyone.

    It is humble to accept and embody the feeling of comfort and deep inner peace claiming your true power. Knowing whatever comes up when you embrace this remarkable part of yourself is meant to be released. Let everything be in service to Love’s fullest energy allowing the depth of experience to emerge with no judgment allowing whatever sparks to cast into a flame the light of which will burn what needs to burn illuminating the way ahead.

    Remarkable is who you are.
    Magnificence is your destiny.

    Dare to be all of you.

    “What basic objective I had… was to grasp every opportunity to live and experience life as deeply, as fully, and as widely as I possibly could. It seemed to me stupid to have the gift of life and not use it to the utmost of one’s ability.”– Eleanor Roosevelt

    Man Becomes Piano Prodigy Overnight After Suffering Brain Injury

    A Denver, Colorado man became a piano genius overnight after hitting his head on the bottom of a pool.
    Six years ago, then 40-year-old Derek Amato dove into the shallow end of a pool and hit his head, according to a report on the Today Show. He suffered a severe concussion, hearing and memory loss.

    But a few days later he sat down at a piano for the first time and played an original composition until 2 a.m.
    “As I shut my eyes, I found these black and white structures moving from left to right, which in fact would represent in my mind, a fluid and continuous stream of musical notation,” Amato said in a blog post on the Wisconsin Medical Society website.

    In the blog post, he also described playing for his mother:

    “We found the nearest piano as I asked her to sit next to me. I remember asking her if she was ready. I shut my eyes and hoped that I would again see these black and white structures moving left to right. I began to play as if I was exploring some unfound treasure that had been locked up all this time in my head. My mother sat and cried, and then asked me, “what are you doing.” My response was simple, “I guess God decided to give me my birthday present a bit early this year mom.”

    Amato is one of just 30 known “acquired savants” in the world. He’s working on another recording of original music.

    Source:
    Man Becomes Piano Prodigy Overnight After Suffering Brain Injury – Business Insider

    Personal and Historical Perspectives of Hans Bethe

    Follow the link to receive Three Lectures by Hans Bethe

    IN 1999, legendary theoretical physicist Hans Bethe delivered three lectures on quantum theory to his neighbors at the Kendal of Ithaca retirement community (near Cornell University). Given by Professor Bethe at age 93, the lectures are presented here as QuickTime videos synchronized with slides of his talking points and archival material.
    Intended for an audience of Professor Bethe’s neighbors at Kendal, the lectures hold appeal for experts and non-experts alike. The presentation makes use of limited mathematics while focusing on the personal and historical perspectives of one of the principal architects of quantum theory whose career in physics spans 75 years.
    A video introduction and appreciation are provided by Professor Silvan S. Schweber, the physicist and science historian who is Professor Bethe’s biographer, and Edwin E. Salpeter, the J. G. White Distinguished Professor of Physical Science Emeritus at Cornell, who was a post-doctoral student of Professor Bethe.

    Source:
    Personal and Historical Perspectives of Hans Bethe

    Native American Code Of Ethics

    Rise with the sun to pray. Pray alone. Pray often.
    The Great Spirit will listen, if you only speak.
    ~
    Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path.
    Ignorance, conceit, anger, jealousy and greed stem
    from a lost soul. Pray that they will find guidance.
    ~
    Search for yourself, by yourself. Do not allow others
    to make your path for you. It is your road, and
    yours alone. Others may walk it with you,
    but no one can walk it for you.
    ~
    Treat the guests in your home with much consideration.
    Serve them the best food, give them the best
    bed and treat them with respect and honor.
    ~
    Do not take what is not yours whether from
    a person, a community,the wilderness or from a
    culture. It was not earned nor given. It is not yours.
    ~
    Respect all things that are placed upon
    this earth – whether it be people or plant.