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ZenView – Simplicity

By Mary Layton


From a Zen point of view simplicity is an important aspect on the road to peace and serenity. The idea is that the simpler your surroundings, the simpler and calmer your mind will be.

If you are a serious Zen Buddhist you will shave your head, regardless whether you are male or female. You most likely will have nothing to do with fashion or make up. Your wardrobe will most likely consist of comfortable and plain clothes conducive to long hours of meditation. To be one with nature and to be in the moment, no matter whether you are sitting in Zen Meditation or simply going about your life – that’s what it is all about. It is a simple approach to life.

One does not observe oneself, analyze oneself, one doesn’t praise and also doesn’t condemn oneself. There’s no fuss, no reflection. To be like a bird in the forest, light and quiet even when singing or landing on a branch. How lovely to forget oneself, to be completely real and natural, to deal with just what is real. Without yearning, without impatience. Not looking for anything because everything is there.

But you don’t have to be a Zen Buddhist to love simplicity! I believe that more and more peopleyearn for a time when things were more simple. Things in our world are changing faster and faster. We are running to keep up with texting, e-mails, phone calls, and tweeting this and that but we are not feeling so natural and simple anymore. As a matter of fact we hardly have any time to just be ourselves, or to come back to our true nature. Our world has become too complicated, too complex and confusing. There are too many different stimuli, too many demands on our energy. I have my eyes peeled for simplicity. I will start by making order, getting rid of unnecessary things, even unnecessary thoughts. Simplify my life.

Simplicity is resting, giving up the tyranny of wanting to be better than, having more. Simplicity is the virtue of the wise person.

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About the Author:

Mary Layton has practiced T'ai Chi for 35 years and co-founded T'ai Chi Ch'uan Academy of Modesto in1995. She and her partner have taught hundreds of students. Mary travels frequently to learn from her teacher Grand Master Kai Ying Tung. Interested in every aspect of health Mary likes to follow a natural path. She loves writing, painting, gardening, hiking and playing piano.