What is simplicity? These days, simplicity has become a complicated
topic; some will say that it lies in having less and enjoying more
while others will say that simplicity is in having more but enjoying
less and still others will say that simplicity is in having more and
enjoying more. Let us try to understand the root of this confusion.
Simple living is a natural result of a pure and unburdened mind.
Complexity arises when we occupy our minds with worries for the future
and thoughts of the past, thereby losing control of the present moments
to those encumbrances. For example, when we worry about what lies in
front of us, we try to create nest-eggs for those "rainy" days. Overly
attached to our future, we continously aim to have more and more in
hopes of being better equipped to manufacture our comforts. But
everything changes. No matter how much we try to preserve what we
like, it passes; while we can blind ourselves with some false notion of
security, we can't escape change. With this understanding, if we learn
to accept rather than preserve, simplicity will naturally flow in
Whether we possess more or less, if the mind is polluted with a desire
to resist change, simplicity isn't possible. On the other hand, if we
practice accepting, we purify our hearts, cleanse our minds, and start
to live simply; each action will exemplify this simplicity and there
will nothing to attain or understand. Meditation, then, is the time
when we sharpen our sword of accepting and learn to pierce through
the mundane desires ... so we can live simply and simply live.
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