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Keep it simple

live simpleThe notion of simplicity keeps showing up in my life, work, reading, discussions, etc. By and large, it remains just that…an idea – because few things are simple these days. In an age where advancing technology and global communication is supposed to streamline and uncomplicate all the confusion and make things easier and faster to accomplish – in many ways it just makes matters worse.

I don’t think I’m alone in this. It seems people today are hungry for simplicity in life because the world around us has become so incredibly complex. Simple is not easy, but it sure sounds appealing to me.

Quotes on simplicity…

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. [Leonardo da Vinci]

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so the necessary can speak. [Hans Hoffman]

To be simple is to be great. [Ralph Waldo Emerson]

Out of complexity, find simplicity. When the solution is simple, God is answering. [Albert Einstein]

Got to get back to something simple just to save yourselves…keep it simple nowadays and that’s just that. [Van Morrison]

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2 Responses to “Keep it simple”


  1. 1 Karen
    September 12, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Hi Ray! Wow, yes, your thoughts reflect a very familiar experience. One thing I have found helpful is the Orthodox emphasis on anchoring the mind in the heart, without which the mind just revolves on itself in endless battle with the many ideas one encounters and all life’s many conundrums. It’s interesting that in Orthodox thought, the mind in this sense is not viewed as properly the “self,” but only the battleground for “thoughts” (usually of the sinful and tempting variety because of Satan’s neverending assaults. Only in anchoring the mind in the heart does it become receptive to the Word that is the antidote to the poisonous suggestions and distractions of the enemy. The heart is understood as the seat of the deepest spiritual awareness, the seat of the real self, which is in the image of God, and where Christ can be encountered, and ultimately I think it is our deepest intuitive understanding of the real meaning of Love. To live with the mind anchored in the heart is simple, but definitely NOT easy. The Fathers saw it as the “violent struggle” to take the Kingdom by force.

  2. September 19, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    These are good and challenging words. We are bombarded by messages saying that we need to live a more complex life, that we need to be and do more. Often we need to do less and do it more intentionally instead.


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