Monday, November 23, 2015

Get Centered by Living Simply

"There's hidden sweetness in the stomach's emptiness."
- Rumi

“Man is an over-complicated organism. If he is doomed to extinction he will die out for want of simplicity.” - Ezra Pound

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain

"The basic philosophy around Transitions Towns is to create a community that is appealing and exciting to live in not only because of its low impact on the environment but because of the cohesiveness of the community itself." - Karen Laharty

"Let your life be a counter-friction to stop the machine. What I have to do is to see, at any rate, that I do not lend myself to the wrong which I condemn." - Henry David Thoreau

"I am convinced, both by faith and experience, that to maintain one’s self on this earth is not a hardship but a pastime, if we will live simply and wisely." - Henry David Thoreau

"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated." 

 - Confucius

"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."
— Robert Brault

“As beautiful as simplicity is, it can become a tradition that stands in the way of exploration."
– Laura Nyro

“Nature is pleased with simplicity.” — Isaac Newton

"I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again." ~ Amish saying

"A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think." — Eleanor Roosevelt

"A balance of giving and receiving is essential to keeping your energy, mood and motivation at a consistently high level." - Doreen Virtue.

"To achieve sustainable development and a higher quality of life for all people, states should reduce and eliminate unsustainable patterns of production and consumption..." - Principle 8, The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, 1992

"To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong." - Joseph Chilton Pearce

"The great essentials for happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for." - Joseph Addison

"Loneliness is the poverty of self, solitude is the richness of self." - May Sarton

"Every great movement in history owed its existence, and its development, to the cooperation of many different people." - Christopher Dawson

"Some people have a wonderful capacity to appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of life, with awe, pleasure, wonder, and even ecstasy." - Abraham H. Maslow

“Speed is the disease of our times. If we cut speed and relax with what’s going on in our life right now, kindness and patience will come about.” - Sakyong Miphan Rinpoche

"The decline of Empire has begun and the revolution against it is in progress." - from Empire, M.Hardt and A. Negri

"Our standard of living must decline to reflect years of reckless consumption and the disintegration of our industrial base. Only by swallowing this tough medicine now will our sick economy ever recover." - Peter Schiff "Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voice s. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth!" - Katherine Mansfield

K. Mansfield
"Think of it. We are blessed with technology that would be indescribable to our forefathers. We have the wherewithal, the know-it-all to feed everybody, clothe everybody, and give every human on Earth a chance.

We know now what we could never have known before -- that we have the option for all humanity to make it successfully on this planet in this lifetime. Whether it is to be Utopia or Oblivion will be a touch-and-go relay race right up to the final moment."


"The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the acts of greed in the headlines." - Charles Kuralt

"Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion." - Jack Kerouac

"There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving; and that is your own self." - Aldous Huxley

"We used to build civilizations. Now we build shopping malls." - Bill Bryson

"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature— the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter." - Rachel Carson

"How can we disarm greed and envy? Perhaps by being much less greedy and envious ourselves; perhaps by resisting the temptation of letting our luxuries become needs; and perhaps by even scrutinizing our needs to see if they cannot be simplified and reduced." - E.F. Schumacher, fromSmall is Beautiful

"A monk asked Chao-chau 'If a poor man comes, what should one give him?' 'He lacks nothing,' answered the master. - Zen mondo

"The wise set no high value on a thing simply because it is hard to get." - Tao de Ching

"You cannot do right in one department of life while occupied doing wrong in any other department. Life is one indivisible whole." - Mahatma Gandhi

"Those who grasp lose." - Tao te Ching

H.D. Thoreau
"Tell your hopes to the wind, give your wishes to the waters, and sow your dreams in the earth... let the Universe astonish you with its harvest of blessings." - Anon

"If you deliberately plan on being less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you'll be unhappy for the rest of your life." - Abraham Maslow

"Advertisers know how to get to the money in your pockets. They are trained to have you seek fulfillment outside yourself, for your dreams to include their products, their view of life - for their dream to become your dream."
- Jim Merkel

"The power of one man or one woman doing the right thing for the right reason, and at the right time, is the greatest influence in our society."
---Jack Kemp

The culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. And you have to be strong enough to say, "If the culture doesn't work, I don't buy it."
---Morrie Schwartz

'If you think you're too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a closed room with a mosquito'. - African proverb

"I love stuff as much as the next guy, but I’ve come to understand that, regardless of the cost of acquiring it, the price of having it is freedom."

- Colleen Wainwright

"Once you accept your own death, all of a sudden you're free to live. You no longer care about your reputation. You no longer care except so far as your life can be used tactically to promote a cause you believe in."

- Saul Alinsky

"I think we should look forward to death more than we do. Of course everybody hates to go to bed or miss anything, but dying is really the only chance we'll get to rest."

- Florynce Kennedy

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." - Lao-tzu

"Add a step forward to it." A Spartan mother to her son when he complained that his sword was too short.

“The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”
- Mitch Albom

"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society." J Krishnamurti

"We are possessed by the things we possess. When I like an object, I always give it to someone. It isn't generosity--it's only because I want others to be enslaved by objects, not me."

- Jean Paul Sartre

"It's possible to have too much in life. Too many clothes jade our appreciation for new ones; too much money can put us out of touch with life; too much free time can dull the edge of the soul. We need sometimes to come very near the bone so that we can taste the marrow of life rather than its superfluities."

- Joan Chittister

"Our desires always increase with our possessions. The knowledge that something remains yet unenjoyed impairs our enjoyment of the good before us." - Samuel Johnson

"Live lightly on the Earth." - Tsunesaburo Makiguchi

"Happiness is not easy to come by. It is hard to find it within ourselves, and impossible to find it anywhere else." -Nicholas Chamfort

“What's all this stuff about motivation? I say, if you need motivation, you probably need more than motivation. You probably need chemical intervention or brain surgery. Actually, if you ask me, this country could do with a little less motivation. The people who are causing all the trouble seem highly motivated to me.” - George Carlin

"Western civilization is a loaded gun pointed at the head of this planet." - Terence McKenna

“They deem me mad because I will not sell my days for gold, and I deem them mad because they think my days have a price.” - Kahlil Gibran

"Anyone who confesses to being content with what is sufficient, and unwilling to work and earn and consume beyond that level of sustenance, is thought to be dangerously antisocial and morally impaired by Sloth."
- Wade Rowland

"We share this planet, our home, with millions of species. Justice and sustainability both demand that we do not use more resources than we need." - Vandana Shiva

"We are caged by our cultural programming. Culture is a mass hallucination, and when you step outside the mass hallucination you see it for what it's worth." - Terence McKenna

"The worst of particularities is to withhold oneself; the worst of ignorance is not to act; the worst lie is to steal away." - Charles Pequy

Opeteca-Wanawaywin (1842-1886)

"When a person behaves in keeping with his conscience, when he tries to speak the truth and when he tries to behave as a citizen, even under conditions where citizenship is degraded - it may not lead to anything, yet it might. But what surely will not lead to anything is when a person calculates whether it will lead to something or not." - Vaclav Havel

"When the stranger says, 'What is the meaning of this city? Do you huddle together because you love each other?' What will you answer? 'We all dwell together to make money from each other', or, 'This is a community.'" - T.S. Elliot

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