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Simplicity - The Gift of Simplifying

Updated on September 2, 2010
 

Winter is here, the holidays are over and a New Year has started. Cycles like these, makes me more reflective, and as I look back at my past, life was more complicated, busier, more stressful, and my focus for many years, was more on what was outside of me, what fashions I wore, what accumulations I could get, than what was going on within.

Nowadays, life is much simpler, reading a good book, doing something creative such as writing, working on my online business, or spending time with my significant other, fulfills me. I have learned that if we have a good relationship with ourselves, everything else follows and falls in place, and if something should go "amiss" there is a sense of equanimity; while the world is whirling around in a spinning wheel, the sense of calm remains.

I never planned for this simplification, it's as if a Higher Power or Consciousness, orchestrated certain events in my life, where instead of adding more objects, people and patterns into my life, I released what was no longer necessary, so that I could move on with my personal and spiritual growth. Ideas have been shed, some fears have been released, goals have changed, some friends have left my path, new ones have entered, and my concept of God has also changed. Instead of a deity sitting in the sky giving out favors and judgments, I see everyone as part of God, so there isn't the divisiveness of some paths and religions in my life experience, or that of expressing my spirituality only on Sundays at a church. Each day is spiritual, every experience is spiritual, being alive, working in a corporation is also spiritual, even the "argument" we may have, is spiritual. This I now can see: every thing is an opportunity for growth.

I have found getting rid of the mental and ego clutter, clears one's mind to be receptive to Truth. By ego, I mean the judgments, defensiveness, our human fears, the part of us that creates the illusion we are separate. As Jed Mckenna, a spiritual teacher who is rather blunt, has said regarding an author's insights (Morrimer J. Adler) he came across in his younger years "it taught me that there were two kinds of understanding; understanding for success and understanding for life. Understanding for success, meant following the herd. Understanding for life, meant following reason and facts, and your own head and heart, wherever they may lead. Understanding for life was an entirely different pursuit, and one I much preferred. It showed me that these two paths diverged and that, as Frost said, taking the road less traveled could make all the difference, and I say now that it did."

This does not mean, I don't have goals, or desire to accomplish business success or with my various creative pursuits, as I have a very active mind and good energy, but these goals are simply expressions of my living in this world, and while its joyful to do well, they are not ones that determine my identity or happiness, as things can be lost in the blink of an eye. The understanding for life is more fulfilling (for me) because out of this understanding, success gets redefined, the reason for being on this planet changes, and we move away from the craziness and drama of the world.

A few moments with Wayne Dyer- Inspiration

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    • VioletSun profile imageAUTHOR

      VioletSun 

      9 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Bruce: Haven't seen you lately, good to see you! :) Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Bruce Elkin 

      9 years ago from Victoria, BC Canada

      Just found this one, VS. I like it very much. Very insightful. And well written!

    • VioletSun profile imageAUTHOR

      VioletSun 

      9 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Lgali: And another suportive fan. :) Thank you for reading my hubs.

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      Lgali 

      9 years ago

      another excellent hub

    • VioletSun profile imageAUTHOR

      VioletSun 

      10 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Patty: Thank you! I was in NY during the 9/11 situation, and yikes it did teach me not take things for granted. I have found that as I simplified my life, I connect to people who are supportive of me, as I am of them. Connecting to folks that brings one's energy down is toxic, had enough of it to last a lifetime with the ex. ;)

      By the, way, I noticed that as I replied to ripplemaker, your comments and the last one by compu- smaret weren't visible when I checked earlier, and didn't get an email notification from hubpages that I had comments in this hub.

    • VioletSun profile imageAUTHOR

      VioletSun 

      10 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Ripplemaker: Some things can be changed, but others can't, such as death or some of life's surprises such as a job loss, so yes, surrender works very well, it keeps one centered and calmer. Its resistance to what is, that creates tension and suffering.

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Lately my world has been whirling...my best friends dad is dying, my former staff had a miscarriage, parents fighting over their kids fight..and so, I had to actually stop and breathe..and let go. Your hub is a great affirmation of the beauty of simplifying one's life. By accepting what is, I am able to stop struggling... Thanks VioletSun for your sharing.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 

      10 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Very nice hub and inspirational photo at the top. After 10 years in fast-food/casual dining management, I began to simply. How many sandwiches cooked and sold in 90 seconds is just not important enough to take up one's whole life.

      911 caused me to take another look and simplify futher, especially dropping contact with people that were wasting my time or attemptting to undermine me even in small ways. There's no time to waste on that.

      Patty

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      Compu-Smart 

      10 years ago from London UK

      lol, too true too true;)

    • VioletSun profile imageAUTHOR

      VioletSun 

      10 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Pgrundy: Thank you. :) I wish you success with simplifying your life.

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      pgrundy 

      10 years ago

      Great hub Violetsun! I am trying to simplify my life as I write this--it is WAY too full right now. Thanks for all the great insight.

    • VioletSun profile imageAUTHOR

      VioletSun 

      10 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Compu-smart: In essence life is simple, its we human who complicate it. It took me years to fully understand this. LOL!

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      Compu-Smart 

      10 years ago from London UK

      Great hub, you made complicated things so simple to acheive...

      thanks.

    • VioletSun profile imageAUTHOR

      VioletSun 

      10 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Thanks, stephhicks. :) Noticed in your profile that you relocated to Bend... I assume its Oregon (I haven been living in OR for 3 years. I am from the East Coast) but have heard its a BEAUTIFUL area with beaches.

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      Stephanie Hicks 

      10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Great Hub! Thank you for writing this one.

    • VioletSun profile imageAUTHOR

      VioletSun 

      10 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Thanks, MrMarmalade!

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      MrMarmalade 

      10 years ago from Sydney

      Excellent Hub and you have put it all into context.]

      Thank you

    • VioletSun profile imageAUTHOR

      VioletSun 

      10 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Robertino: I was in another hub written by Evelyn Lim where she wrote about The Law of Attraction, and she did a beautiful job - and I was about to write one, but am glad she did. LOL!

      And, yes, getting rid of mental and ego clutter is very liberating . Not that I am totally free of ego, as I am human, but I am definitely in a better place, and have my mate to thank, as he is very aware and often shares with me. The wonderful result of this, is that the "material" things that I worked towards so hard for in the past but where a source of struggle, nowadays enter my reality without much struggle, and I am grateful as we do need money on planet earth to eat and be comfy.

      The universe provides for everyone, and when we have less ego clutter standing in way, we become better aligned with everything. Tnis is one truth by the way, that the "The Secret" left out - And which Joe Vitale wrote about in his new book "The Key", he stole my idea, just kidding, but I had thought about writing about this too.

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      robertino 

      10 years ago from Canadian in Dubai

      Violet,

      YOU stole my Hub! BUT…

      I am glad you did because I could never put it in words so eloquent.

      It’s funny how we start “running around in circles” from an very early age and keep doing so without taking the time to really understand our true reality about ourselves in relation to the universe.

      I too feel same and while I am perhaps only half way where you are, I am definitely on my way to completely liberating myself by “getting rid of the mental and ego clutter, and clear my mind to be receptive to Truth”

      I like that phrase and think it is a goal, worth working on to be achieved.

      Thank you for a wonderful lesson (Hub) and Have a clutter free day;-)

    • VioletSun profile imageAUTHOR

      VioletSun 

      10 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Yippity: How nice to read you have received a ""gift", thank you! And may you also have dynamic day!

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      Yippity 

      10 years ago from USA

      VioletSun-

      Thank You!

      What a nice "Gift" you have given to me, this evening, with your beautiful words and insight.

      Have a Dynamic Day!

      Yippity

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