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Look at your own life

Copyright 2017 by R.A. Robbins

“Look at your own life. Has it become overly complex?

Have you found yourself burdened by too many possessions or responsibilities?

Take a deep breath and ask yourself:

‘What steps can I take to reduce the clutter

so that I may live simply and joyously?'”

Douglas Bloch

Learn the Art of Right Living

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It is not your passing thoughts or brilliant ideas so much

as your plain everyday habits that control your life…

Live simply.

Don’t get caught in the machine of the world

— it is too exacting.

By the time you get what you are seeking

your nerves are gone,

the heart is damaged,

and the bones are aching.

Resolve to develop your spiritual powers more earnestly from now on.

Learn the art of right living.

If you have joy you have everything,

so learn to be glad and contented…

Have happiness now. 

 

—Paramahansa Yogananda

Escape from complicated life

“Escape from complicated life! Take refuge in simple life! You will find three treasures there: Healthy body, peaceful mind and a life away from ambitious fools!”

― Mehmet Murat ildan

Rewards of the Simple Life

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“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring — these are some of the rewards of the simple life.”

― John Burroughs, Leaf and Tendril

Having More with Less

Copyright by R.A. Robbins 2017

Yes you can actually have more with less.  Seems contradictory, doesn’t it?  But just think about what might happen if you scaled down, made a clear distinction between needs and wants and cleaned out the clutter, mentally and emotionally as well as physically.  Could you actually end up having more?

These are just a few of the things you could have more of with less.

  1. More time.  What could you do with the time you spend acquiring, organizing, fixing or paying for all your stuff?  Does taking care of your possessions take priority over family time?
  2. More room.  Is you living space full to the brim or at least cluttered?  How much of all that stuff do you actually use?
  3. More peace of mind.  Wouldn’t it be nice to not have to always worry about someone stealing your stuff, having it destroyed in a fire or storm or having enough money to make payments?
  4. More freedom.  Do your possessions control you?  Do you feel trapped in a job you hate because of your house, cars and other “stuff” payments?
  5. More energy.  Are you always exhausted trying to keep a house bigger than you really need clean?
  6. More appreciation for what you have.  Can you truly appreciate things you haven’t seen in months or don’t even remember buying?

Think about it.  What are your material possessions costing you?  What could you have more of with less?

Live close to the ground

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In dwelling,

          live close to the ground.

     In thinking,

               keep to the simple.

          In conflict,

                    be fair and generous.

               In governing, 

                         don’t try to control.

         In work,

                do what you enjoy.

In family life,

          be completely present.” 

 

— Lao Tzu
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A simple and unassuming manner

Copyright 2017 by R.A. Robbins

“I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone,

best both for the body and the mind.” 

— Albert Einstein
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