I’m learning how to simplify… I can’t anticipate what’s next, but I can be here now. I can’t know what will happen tomorrow, but I can attend to what needs to be done today. I can’t know if my friends will be in my life forever, but I can love who they are right now. I can practice this willingness to stay in the simple present moment so that when the time comes, I can simply let go, simply let go.
Afternoon, the sky a light silver-gray, oak leaves orange brown, maple leaves red, bald cypress defiantly remaining green. Crows muttering to one another, and a tender breeze stirring what was inanimate into graceful gestures of surrender and flow. How could I possibly regret my past given that it brought me such a shockingly beautiful and stunningly simple present?
I said a final goodbye to the old house, handed the keys over, and closed that chapter. I drove away feeling free, grateful. Then it was time to teach. My students were open and lovely, willing to slow down, breathe, and try their best. Back home my kids were darling; I’m just amazed at how naturally positive they are; they are focused on the good, they get excited about sweet, simple things. We watched a movie and ate popcorn, then I pumped up the tires of our bikes and we road around the court. Chicken soup for dinner, then homework, then reading together. Ah, it’s the sweet, simple things that make life so blessed, so enjoyable. I vow to be grateful for all of it. This life is a miracle.
Humbled, grateful, totally exhausted, I finish my day with the satisfaction of knowing that I worked and lived and loved just as much as I possibly could. I envision an extraordinary life, which is lived day by extraordinary day. I look back and realize that every moment was guided, every moment was a gift. I look forward and savor the possibility that the best is yet to come. And I breathe into this now moment, relaxing into open awareness belly soft heart open simply glad to be alive.
It’s a simple way, a simple truth, a simple life— to simply open your heart to all that is. The trouble is, you don’t need a product or an expert to show you how to use it, and so this way isn’t advertised, and so most of us don’t know about it. But I promise you, I will spend my whole life living this open-hearted way as much as I can. And maybe my open heart could help other hearts to open along this path I walk. To know that I coaxed just one heart open by living my simple life… now that’s success!
Keep it simple. Complexity introduces volatility which becomes chaos. Keep it simple. Even if your brain seeks excitement and believes life is boring without it. Keep it simple. Life doesn’t have to be struggle; just to be here, breathing and aware is enough. Keep it simple. The most elegant things in life are right here where you are, now, but you’ll miss them if you’re focusing on some other time, some other place, some other moment. Do you want peace? Do you want joy? Do you want love? Do you want fulfillment? Keep it simple, my friends, keep it simple.