Saturday, April 28, 2012

Kanso (簡素) - Simplicity

Danbo, llegó la primavera.
Amazing picture "Danbo, llegó la primavera." by Vvillamon
Albert Einstein once said "Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler." 

Why should we consider simplicity, after all when the adrenaline rush of having many pursuits can be so thrilling.  Exciting as it may be, there is nothing more frustrating that being pulled into multiple directions...it is the most difficult thing to handle...imagine a horse with a chain tied to each hand and limb and pulling in different directions...then imagine each wayward thought, as a horse pulling in opposite directions in the mind, there is only so much one can take mentally and emotionally.

More work, more income, more entertainment, more sensual pleasures, there is never an end to more...your peace of mind ends up being sacrificed at the altar.

Simple, however is beautiful, its elegant, it is conserves vital focus and brings about clarity, this naturally leads to happiness...

I found in my life, when I have tried to do too much, taking on too much risk, trying to gain too much in too little time, I never end up accomplishing anything more substantial in the long run, in fact I end up more confused, more scattered...

On the other hand simplicity leads to much better performance on the task at hand...the focused effort of doing a great piece of work, delivering a difficult project at work, a great piece of writing or speech; or taking time out for precious moments with someone you love; or maybe just losing yourself in the serenity of silence...are moments of absolute bliss...

There was a study done by Harvard (one of my past posts), which polled volunteers randomly via an IPhone app.  The research revealed it did not matter what was being done, but what the state of mind of the person was at the time, in particularly it was an un-wandering mind that was the biggest contributor to happiness...

Could happiness be that simple to be just in the current moment, whatever the task at hand...

Simplicity is profound, its refined, its liberating..."Simplicity is complexity resolved"  said Constantin Brancusi the Romanian Minimalist sculptor.  The keys to deeper chambers of the soul are unlocked with simplicity...


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