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Simplicity of Being

Updated on March 25, 2013
Photographer: Denise Handlon
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Simplicity

What is simplicity? The word connotes different ideas and beliefs, based on one's perspective. For some, simplicity is a type of lifestyle that one seeks. To simplify. To clear all unnecessary distractions from one's life and live simply-no frills or hoopla; no extra baggage. In this complex world of technology and capitalism, that can be a daunting challenge.

I have found simplicity to be a natural outcome of my spiritual path. As I move deeper into my understanding of Truth, I have the desire to let go of the parts of my life that keep me tethered to the complexity of living. My needs have evolved, transitioning from an accumulative focus to an awareness of what is necessary to live joyfully. The lesson learned: it is not things that bring one happiness.

Simplicity has much to do with clarity, i.e. the simple truth, consequently, answers may appear in a manner in which there is an absolute quality to them. A knowing occurs that may surprise us. Not superficial responses from the intellect, as when our minds get busy 'thinking', but from a Divine place deep within us, connecting us to a Higher Intelligance. This occurs when there are less distractions to separate us from that part of ourselves.

Staying present, staying in 'the moment of now', is important when one wishes to simplify one's life. The more we engage in the memories of the past, and the creations and fantasies of the future, the less likely we are living a simplified life.

How often do our emotions become circular because of our regrets, or repetitive stories? These are charged memories, whether pleasant or not, which can break our focus on the enjoyment of where we are in that very moment. Guilt, shame, reliving the past...these are anchors that burden our simplicity.

Likewise, when we project into the future we remove ourselves from being in touch with our own presence in the 'now'. We may daydream of the 'million' we will win from the lottery and what that life will bring. Or, we visualize the day our children are grown and move out of the house, freeing us to live our lives without the added responsibility. Perhaps, we merely countdown the hours at work when we can get off the clock and have 'our own time'. Whatever our method of taking ourselves away from where we are, it creates an added complication to our lives.

Life is complicated, no one can argue that. People have multiple obligations. Children are involved in sports, dance, music, and other extracurricular classes of interest. Elderly parents need our care-our check-ups and visits. Homes need maintaining, friendships and relationships need attention, and what about our own needs! The list goes on and on.

Discernment is a wonderful tool to tweak ones awareness on the path to simplicity. What is the importance of my choices? This is a useful question. Here is another: Why do I feel I must do it all? Discernment allows us to stop and investigate the ways in which we prioritize, inquire into what drives us, and carefully examine what it is that we truly want from our lives. There is an answer which is based in ruthless truth telling. Most people do not care to look that closely. Those who do will change their lives. That is the nature of Truth.

I choose simplicity. It seems so hard to do...at first. However, along with any practice, it becomes easier, like the fine tuned instrument one is drawn to-the fingers know where to position themselves. In the same way, we start simply by asking ourselves: Is this choice going to make my life more complicated? How is this enhancing my lifestyle?

Joy comes in many forms. It is a natural desire of the soul to live joyfully. When our lives are burdened by complexity it does not support our Being. Strive for simplicity. Then, note how your life becomes more fullfilling in the most surprising ways.

Simplicity of Being

 

“It is simple,” she said.

And, I live for this Truth.

The simplicity of just Being.

 

I have stepped away from the ordinary,

Into the extraordinary.

Extraordinary ease, clarity, and spontaneity.

 

Dropping resistance, stories and diversions,

For more than a nanosecond, I have

Stepped into an altered reality,

A matrix to another world.

 

When did this secret open it’s doors and

Whisk me around the corner of mediocrity?

Who would have thought such joy was possible?

Who could have imagined such richness from life?

 

“It is simple,” she said.

Truth revealing itself:

 The simplicity of just Being.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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      Denise Handlon 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you, very much, poetryman6969 And, to you...

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Peace. And be blessed.

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Hello Au fait Thank you for your lovely comments here. Yes, the distractions of the world are surly NOT the path to peace and serenity. I appreciate your votes. :) I'm glad you enjoyed the poem.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Lots to ponder, and I love the poem. Simplicity is what I crave, but life constantly bombards me with complications.

      Voted up, BAUI, pinned, and will share.

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Kerry-thanks for stopping by for the 'Denise fix' haha. I appreciate your feedback with what has worked for you. I'll have to give your method a try. It's a skill I've tried to impart to my nephew, who is living with me. He has ADHD, among other things, and when I see him in the morning I always ask what his direction or goal for the day is. It helps him to refocus that way. Thanks for your comments.

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      Kerry43 5 years ago

      Just popped in for my Denise fix! I like that you mentioned prioritizing. A good exercise is to prioritize with pencil and paper, set it aside, then prioritize a few days later. Repeat the process, then after one month, go back and see how far and how often you have deviated from the important issues. It is amazing how the list can change according to self-sown moods or outside influence. My list was all over the place the first time!

      Have a great day, and as always thank you for sharing your thoughts with us al.

      Kerry

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Your comments are always so complete and thoughtful, Stessily. Thank you for your observations and critique. I appreciate the lovely votes. :)

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      stessily 5 years ago

      Denise, This paean to simplicity flows fully and smoothly, revealing a deep understanding of this way of being.

      These observations underscore the attractions of simplicity: "When our lives are burdened by complexity it does not support our Being. Strive for simplicity. Then, note how your life becomes more fullfilling in the most surprising ways." Simplicity does not burden; it clarifies. Simplicity does not create voids where once space and time were filled with a diversity of things in the form of thoughts, actions, events, possessions, etc.; simplicity uncovers the promises of fulfillment which were lost in the clutter of unnecessary complexity.

      Your poem highlights the magnificent transformation from ordinary to extraordinary well-being which occurs in the transition from complexity to simplicity.

      "It is simple."

      Well done! Up, useful, awesome, beautiful, interesting.

      Kind regards, Stessily

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Dyhannah-I appreciate your feedback.

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      Dyhannah 6 years ago from Texas

      This Hub is divine. I really connect to statement "like a fine tune instrument..." and the poem is simply beautiful.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you Alladream for reading and commenting.

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      Victor Mavedzenge 6 years ago from Oakland, California

      A thought provoking hub on an important life issue.Thank you

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks. I read in your squidoo a mention about a spiritual teacher. I'm curious as to who you follow. I used to live in CA and had followed a particular teacher for awhile who actually moved from CA to OR. While living in CA I also attended satsang with other spiritual teachers. Maybe I know the person you follow...

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      jewelsofawe 6 years ago from Oregon

      Came by to read this again. I love it! It reminds me of the way I like to be as do alot of your hubs: focused on joy and simplicity...Just my cup of tea!

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading over my poetry and commenting. I appreciate it.

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      jewelsofawe 6 years ago from Oregon

      Lovely!

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Dear Audrey, I'm so glad you enjoyed this hub. I think of you often and hope there is joy and peace in your grief sticken heart. Happy New Year. Stay close.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Brilliant! Oh, how I do love this hub. I believe each and every word. Thank you, again and again!

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Str8up-thanks for that compliment. I'm happ you enjoyed the hub. :)

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      Str8up Hookups 6 years ago

      Bravo! Denise you are a wonderful writer and this is GREAT!

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Muchas Gracias, Mi Amiga. :)

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      Eiddwen 7 years ago from Wales

      Yes a simple but such a meaningful hub.

      Thank you once more for sharing and up and awesome here as well.

      Take care Denise.

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      Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Hello Rich, thank you for your comments, I appreciate it. My spiritual path beckons simplicity and truth. The truth is usually much easier than remembering and practicing simplicity, LOL Have a wonderful weekend.

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      richtwf 7 years ago

      Beautiful thoughts of simplicity, it's a subject that truly resonates with me, so thanks Denise for sharing these wonderfully scribed words of wisdom - an Inspiring hub!

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      Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

      I'm glad you enjoyed this hub and found it helpful. Thanks for reading it and leaving your comments.

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      Paula 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Denise, I loved this hub! What a great encouragement to use more discernment in our lives. Its true that people often work hard to be not "where they are", and add extra stress to their lives. Enjoyed your hub, thank you very much.

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      Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks! I haven't had much time to read hubs lately--visiting family this past w/e and now am starting my three 12 hr (midnight) shifts. I'm going to swing back over to your hubpage this w/e :)

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      Gail Sobotkin 7 years ago from South Carolina

      This was another beautifully written hub that I can relate to. Thanks for sharing.

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      Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

      DjBryle-Hello. Thanks for reading the hub and leaving your thoughts. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

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      DjBryle 7 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

      Simplicity makes life more beautiful! This hub remnded me once again how beautiful and happy life could be if one learns to be simple. Thanks for sharing this beautiful hub! =)

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      Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Iris-thanks for taking the time to stop by and read this hub. I recognize what a busy person you are. I'm pleased that the writing resonated with you. Let's stay in touch between our 'stuff'.

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      Iris Lebow 7 years ago

      Love this hub. How many times have we heard "Live in the present," period. But you go on to so eloquently express how memories of the past and fantasies of the future can "break our focus" on what's happening now. I'm seeing that there's no joy because we really aren't even here. It seems so simple, but sometimes it's not. You have reminded us to live more consciously. Thanks for your lovely writing!

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      Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi MM, thanks for stopping by and taking a peek at some of my work. I appreciate your comments. And, you're welcome...I'm looking forward to reading more. :)

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      MM Del Rosario 7 years ago from NSW, Australia

      What a lovely hub about a very important word....and I just like to say thanks for the very encouraging comment you post in my hub.....I enjoy writing at Hubpages , I hope to read more of your hubs. Have a nice day and take care...

      MM

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      Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Glenn, Thanks for the time you spent visiting my site, your positive comments and the encouragement. I enjoy your pieces, as well, and printed out the one about the wolves for my granddaughter. :)

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      Glenn Raymond 7 years ago from Bailey, Colorado

      I love this piece and so does my wife. You have written it very well, insightful. The poem is most excellent as well and ties it all up very nicely. Keep on writing all these awesome and beautiful hubs.

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      Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi ChiZenista, thanks for stopping by to read the hub. Yes, so difficult at times to stay out off of the fast track of society's distractions, and true to oneself.

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      ChiZenista 7 years ago from Toledo, OH

      i like this post. I agree it is difficult to just be in such a fast paced capitalist society. Thank you for comments as well.

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      Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Greetings to you, thespiritualcoach. Welcome to hubpages. I'm actually in retreat right now, as I write this, on my supper break. Gentle reminders for all of us to follow, in this busy world. Thanks for stopping in to read the hub.

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      thespiritualcoach 7 years ago

      Keeping things simple is a great reminder for all of us. Even as I write this I am more aware of even the simple action of breathing, and I feel even more peaceful. Thanks for the reminder!

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      Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Jennshealthstore: thank you. Glad you found the hub worth your time to read. I appreciate the feedback. It's always a challenge, isn't it, to stay in the moment and live our lives more simply. Life is complex!

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      Jenn 7 years ago from Florida

      Wow that was great! I can say that over the past year I have learned a lot about simplicity and about not living in past memories or future hopes. Of course we all have our memories, good and bad, and we all want a great future,but it does take away much of the stresses in our lives if we are able to just relax sometimes and enjoy the moment.

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      Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Clean Life: thanks for stopping to read the hub. Glad there were a few things that nudged your attention. Balance is a healthy key to life in this human form. Be good to yourself.

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      Mark Bruno 7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Wow, Excellent Hub and so true. We do have so many responsibilities in our lives and wonder when we will have our time, "just me". All those things mentioned I know to well... children, sports, taking care of our sick parents and so on. I figure this is our quest in life and we too will be rewarded in the end. Anyway, well done! Thanks for sharing it with us.

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      Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Soumyasrajan: thank you for stopping by to read my hub. I appreciate your time. I suppose we can all learn from each other, so much support available here. Glad to be of assistance. I look forward to investigating your work, as well. Namaste.

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      soumyasrajan 7 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

      Hi! Denise

      Enjoyed your article very much. Specially the sentence "I have found simplicity to be a natural outcome of my spiritual path". Looks like you have traveled quite a bit towards deeper understanding of truth. Looking forward to learn a lot from your experiences via these hubs.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      KISS! Keep it simple stupid! That's my reminder. Thank you Denise! This is very good!

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      Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

      I know, Ms. Nellieanna. My sentiments exactly! Uncanny isn't it. Either we were born under the same star, in this cosmic galaxy, or follow similar Life Teachers. Or, perhaps a little of both. Thanks for your comments and I will be watching for more adventures from you, as well. :)

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      My gosh. Certainly not to distract from your very fine hub and thoughts but you and i think so much alike, I could have written this and almost with the same vocabulary. It's mind-boggling. I'm so pleased to know you now! I am already drawn to the titles and ideas of many other of your hubs and I must follow you so I can keep up with what you'll be writing in the future!!

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      Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks John, for your comments. I enjoy reading your work, as well.

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      John B Badd 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Great hub, i loved the poem.

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      Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Marianne: You are such a Dear Heart. Kind words-thank you.

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      Marianne Zundel 7 years ago

      Your writing comes from that deep place of knowing. Your lived experience of what meditation/mindfulness does has allowed you to find that which supports your being. This is very evident in your writing. Thanks for your practice and for sharing your writings. Namaste!

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      Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Kaltopsyd: Thanks for your support.

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      kaltopsyd 7 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

      Lovely! I like your writing a lot. Keep up the good work!

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      Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Epigramman: (Funny...) Thanks for the compliment, and for taking time to read the piece.

      pinkhawk: Wow! Waking up is wonderful, and so beneficial, LOL. Seriously, whatever crosses one's path and works.

      I'm looking forward to reading both of your work. Thanks for the support.

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      pinkhawk 7 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

      ...now simplicity is the best policy for me..away from complexity.. thank you for waking me up! ^.^

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      epigramman 7 years ago

      let's just keep this simple: you're a great writer!