TODAY'S THEME: The Grace of Simplicity
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You think you must have this or that and then you can be happy.
But no matter how many of your desires are satisfied, you never
will find happiness through them. The more you have, the more
you want. Learn to live simply. Lord Krishna said: "His mind is
fill with contentment whose desires ever flow inward. That man
is like a changeless ocean which is kept brimful with constantly
entering waters. He is not a muni who bores holes of desires
in his reservoir of Peace and lets the waters escape."

Paramahansa Yogananda
From "Man's Eternal Quest"


Year by year the complexities of this spinning world
would grow more bewildering and so each year we
need all the more to seek peace and comfort
in the joyful simplicities.

"Woman's Home Companion,"
December 1935

The people who get peace of mind, freedom, joy, and prosperity
are the simple-hearted people, the people who take God at His
word without analyzing or subtlety. One can analyze a rose. He
can tear it apart petal by petal but of course he will no longer
have a rose. And when you analyze God, you have lost God.
When we go to God frankly and sincerely, everything is
cleared up. There are no reservations when God works.
Divine and complete harmony awaits us
when we "arise and go unto the Father."

Excerpted from "Diagrams for Living,"
by Emmet Fox
HarperSanFrancisco, 1968


In the Japanese culture, the negative spaces in art, philosophy,
religion, design, business, and life are not thought of as empty but
rather as "full of nothing." ... As the enigmatic Irish playwright
Samuel Beckett (who was more Zen than Celtic) put it,
"Nothing is real than nothing."

...I think we need to learn how to tolerate more empty spaces.
We need either to become more comfortable with waiting to

fill what's empty with what's authentic or become just
willing to accept the exquisite fullness of nothing...

Excerpted from "Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfor and Joy,"
by Sarah Ban Breathnach
Warner Books, 1995

'Tis a gift to be simple, 'Tis a gift to be free,
'Tis a gift to come down Where we ought to be
And when we find ourselves In the place that's right
"Twill be in the valley of love and delight.

Nineteenth century Quaker hymn


Come, simple souls, without a trace of piety, talent or even
the most elementary instruction or system, and with no
understanding of spiritual matter, who are amazed and
overwhelmed by the eloquence of the learned; come,
I will show you how to outshine those clever scholars...
Come, not to study the history of God's divine action,
but to be its object; not to learn what it has achieved
throughout the centuries and still does, but simply
to be the subject of its operation...

Excerpted from "The Sacrament of the Present Moment,"
by Jean-Pierre de Caussade (1675-1751)
HarperSanFrancisco, 1966

And now, the Last Word:

...God rises up out of the sea like a treasure
in the waves, and when language recedes
His brightness remains on the shores
of our own being.

Thomas Merton
































Bonus quote:

Grace fills empty spaces, but it can only enter where there
is a void to receive it, and it is grace itself which makes this void.

Simone Weil


On today's site:

Woman's Home
Quaker hymn,
de Caussade,
Thomas Merton