“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify, simplify! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumbnail.” - Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Join us for God on Tap tomorrow night, Tuesday, November 22nd at 7:30pm, upstairs at Forest & Main. Our topic is inspired by Henry David Thoreau, “Simplify, simplify, simplify.”
Spiritual teachers of all creeds urge us to simplify our lives—both for our own spiritual well being, and for the well being of our neighbors and the world. As Gandhi once wrote, “Live simply so that others may simply live.”
Why is simplicity in life important? Why is it so valued among spiritual traditions? And why do we make our lives so complicated?
And why is it so damn hard to simply? What steps have you tried or contemplated in simplifying your life?
It a timely topic as we enter into Thanksgiving week. Thanksgiving is a time to feel and express gratitude for our lives, to acknowledge what is right in our lives rather than fixate, as we often do, on what is wrong. It is a time to be reminded of the things that are most important in life.
How can we take stock of what is most essential this Thanksgiving, and then hold onto that and live it out through the busy holiday season and into the rest of the year?