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When I think of simplifying my life, I think purge and purify. Purge my life clean of what I
no longer need. Take on no more of what I do not want. And purify that new found
space by filling it with things I love.
Simplifying my life, however, won’t necessarily make it uncomplicated. Life is
complicated by its very nature. Always shifting, always in motion. My simple life will be
busy and active no doubt. My shift towards simplicity is more subtle; a bit deeper than
shedding activities or junk from the closet. I do not seek to make life less complicated.
Life it what it is. Rather I intend to make my response to life less complicated.
First, much like tackling my closet, I will organize my mind. Get it aligned with what I
desire to do with my life. Discard the thoughts and their patterns that block or confuse
my path. And train my mind to seek out the thoughts and patterns that can lead me
where I want to go. Practicing my brand of simplicity will require diligence and
discernment. Lord knows this world isn’t always steady and neither am I.
But I figure if I allow my mind fertile ground to cultivate only positive thinking, my
response to life can only be positive. My thoughts, quite simply, are the seeds of all my
words and actions. With my mind well acquainted with my higher self, and organized in
such a way that I can access her quickly, I am more likely to answer any difficulties with
kindness, humor or grace. If I can be more mindful of my decision to act or speak (or
equally mindful in choosing stillness or silence!) I will surely cultivate a more positive
experience every time.
Simple, right? But it ain’t easy! As I write this, my day was pretty smooth. Tomorrow
may find me much less tolerant and with a strong taste for bad habits. Days will come
where kindness and humor may be far from me. Days where I just can’t see the light.
Here I will rely on grace. Grace for the circumstance, grace for the moment. And if I
can find it, I’ll give my negative self a listen. Sometimes she just needs to have her say.
If I’m wise and able, I will test her thoughts against my center and discern if there is any
truth in what she speaks. Then move from there.
If I’m neither wise nor able in the moment, I will have grace for my whole self, same as I
would for any friend, and thank the stars that tomorrow is a brand new day.
This will be my way. Simplicity as a daily practice. Feed my mind with nourishing
thoughts as often as I can. Create space in my soul where only love is allowed grow.
Know well who I am and how I wish to live. Then openly meet each moment where I
am, as I am. And I will move from there. Simple.
Life is rich in complexities. It is what allows this experience to be all our own. Life can
only be what we make of it. So make it the best you can. That is your power. That is
your magic. Train your mind to seek the beauty of life. Take to heart your own recipe of
kindness, humor and grace. Tweak that recipe however you need as each day comes.
Magnify the love and purge any thoughts that limit your belief in your own divine
magnificence. And simply move from there.
“Life is very simple. You shouldn’t be overbearing, overdecorated or overdone. The
greatest majesty belongs to a living being whose behavior is simple and pure.”
– The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan, July 9, 1981