Spiritual Journey Thursday, and I am traveling (Hello, Bismarck!), but I did want to post a little something in honor of Linda and her One Little Word SIMPLIFY.
Life is complicated. Love is complicated. The world is complicated. That's part of what makes it beautiful.
But when there is so much chaos that we can't be present, can't identify our feelings, much less FEEL them, we often feel split, spread thin, like we aren't really participating in life, just existing.
We want to simplify.
For me, what that really means, is I want peace, serenity, quiet -- in my heart and in my mind.
I ran across this quote: "People say "I want peace." If you remove I (ego), and your want (desire), you are left with peace." - Satya Sai Baba
It's hard for me to admit and accept that in order to get what I really want -- peace -- that I need to let go of ego and desire. Don't ego and desire define a person? Well, no, they don't have to. What if I allow this very moment to define me instead?
Whenever I'm feeling particularly attached to ego and desire, it helps me to look at the wall above my writing desk and read another quote:
"I you want to fly, you have to give up the things that weigh you down." - Toni Morrison
In other words: SIMPLIFY. Which brings us full circle, doesn't it?
Wishing everyone PEACE today!