Download: Keeping Life Simple
Let’s face it; the most luxurious homes in the world are no more comforting while we’re asleep than a cabin in the woods.
When we observe life from a place of simplicity, we grow to expect less and enjoy more that life has to offer.
Buddhist teaching compares wanting things to the act of “reaching” or “grasping”.
Many spiritual traditions warn of the dangers of desire, indicating one can be happier when they live a life filled by joy and experience and try to avoid wanting too much.
When we learn to live with simple and gracious expectations, life becomes warmer.
We often find ourselves wishing, grasping, reaching, and contemplating about things that we think will bring us happiness. Instead, we should try to focus on the things we already have.
As we grow older and achieve many of the dreams we had so long ago, we begin to realize that while things can certainly make you smile, it is the experience and joy felt from simple things that last.
Love and kindness are two simple things that can act like the light of a flame when times seem dark.
It’s easy to be mean, ugly, critical, and anxious. But it is just as easy to be kind. It’s just as easy to be easy.
Keep it simple and be loving, kind, and easy on others – especially yourself.
It’s okay to want things, just don’t think they will bring you happiness. Only you can do that.
The journey to all of life’s riches begins within.