Do you find it difficult to keep things simple? Many of us have a tendency to overcomplicate almost everything. We can be drawn in by the mind’s capacity to misinterpret the world and the actions of others. Because of this we can end up worried, angry or anxious.
Why is it so difficult to just step back, breathe and see things as they are? Is it because we’re constantly told we’re not good enough? Is it because the unrealistic expectations placed upon us lead us to believe there’s some secret complex game plan that, once figured out, will bring us a sense of perfection?
When will we realize that perfection doesn’t exist and, at the same time, we are already perfection?
Whatever the reason if, like me, you find yourself regularly caught up in a web of confusion and frustration, then maybe you also need to learn to just keep it simple. I mean at the end of the day, nothing really ever is that complicated anyway. Either it works or it doesn’t.
I remember reading the Dalai Lama’s “The Art of Happiness” and in it he talks about problems and solutions. He says if a problem has a solution, there’s no need to worry about it. And if a problem doesn’t have a solution, then there’s also no need to worry about it. This sounds painfully simple but when you think about it, he’s right (of course).
For example, you can stress about money or you can stop spending on unnecessary things. You might think this difficult but if it was really important for you to save, then you would prioritize that. When you decide to simplify things, accept them as they are and work on being fully present, you’ll start to feel lighter and ultimately, freer and happier. It’s very liberating. Simple, right?
So, find an activity that helps you to keep things simple. Maybe it’s yoga, maybe it’s meditating or reading. For me, it’s looking out at the ocean and realizing just how small I am in the grand scheme of things. I’m not the centre of the universe but I’m a key part of a great universe and that’s enough.
What helps you to keep things simple?
Contributed by guest author, Alex Tomkins, Yoga Teacher Training Alum
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