“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” By Hans Hofmann

God bless Marie Kondo for all her fun ways of simplifying our environments and really bringing home the practice of gratitude for what we have. I won’t launch into my opinions on the ills of mass consumerism, but it does appear that we have gotten into the habit of surrounding ourselves with stuff that distracts us from who we are. I’m looking around my office, where I’m writing this right now, and I see so much noise I’m surprised I can even think. 

My walls are covered with quotes and sayings I’ve printed out over the years; I thought to guide me to who I am, but now I hardly look at them, and when I do, I don’t know why they specifically caught my attention. 

My bookshelf is full of personal development books that are yet to be read. Many I’ve bought years ago, because they resonated with where I was then, but now I’m not so sure I will relate to them. I’ve been keeping them in case… as the saying goes: “the teacher appears when the student is ready.” well, thought I was ready when I bought them, but now I feel I’ve moved on. Why am I holding onto them? 

My file cabinet is full of old documents I’m not sure I will ever need, including years of bills that were long ago paid. What am I keeping them for?

I have a cabinet full of DVDs, a massive box full of CDs, and storage full of sentimental bric-a-brac I have no real need for. Why am I keeping that stuff? 

I even have old laptops, MP3s, voice recorders, mobile phones, and printers that are long obsolete and dead. What the hell am I doing with them? 

When I meditate, I close my eyes, I quiet my mind, and I focus on what comes. It is usually simple things of great meaning. This affirms the quote to me. I’m grateful for finding the reminder of it. 

What can you simplify in your life?

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