Monday, June 6, 2016



+ 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  (This was the Gratefulness Word for the Day on March 5, 2016.)

+ Our lives are too complicated. We need to realize that our true joy is found as we reduce the clutter of our lives, reduce the expectations, the demands, the stuff, the desires, the earthly pleasures, the ego-centered grabs for power and prestige. Abandon these as quickly as you can. Now is the time. “The old life is gone. A new life has begun.” That’s what scripture says and that’s what all of the sages of the ages proclaim boldly. Be born anew. Become who you really are. Ultimately, your possessions don’t matter. Your titles don’t matter. Your careers don’t matter. You may have to keep these things for a while but you don’t have to put all of your time and energy into this pursuit of earthly happiness. It’s a dead end.

So, let go. Let God. If you are engaging in all of these practices faithfully, then God will slowly but surely replace your dead end pursuit of earthly happiness with more and more and more permanent, everlasting, eternal heavenly joy. What can you do right now to “simplify, simplify, simplify?”

+ Simplicity is not one of the 37 Spirituality & Practice practices BUT put Simplicity in their Search Engine and you come up with 314 items including 117 quotes, 156 books, 11 practices, 9 teachers, 1 arts link, 11 e-courses, 7 films and 1 blog as of 6/4/16.  Go to

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Simplicity Page.   Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Simplicity” or “Guest Post” to

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to

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