Beyond The 1,001 Things ~ Simplicity

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To know that
you have
enough is
to be


I like the image of the beggar’s bowl. Each day I go forth, aware of my spiritual poverty. I lift my hands, cupped like a beggars and ask that my heart might be filled with God’s spirit. God’s generosity is endless — and I am richly blessed with the goodness of creation and the mystery of life.  ~ Anna Lin


But ask now the beasts,
and they shall teach thee;
and the fowls of the air,
and they shall teach thee;
Or speak to the earth,
and it shall tell thee:
And the fishes of the sea
shall declare unto thee. Job 12:7-8
The spirit of poverty does not consist in looking poverty-stricken,
but in arranging everything with imagination, in creation’s simple beauty.
~ Brother Roger of the Taize Community

There are two ways to get enough:
one is to continue to accumulate more and more.
The other is to desire less.  ~ G.K.Chesterton

When Albert Schweitzer visited America, newspaper reporters asked him why he traveled in the third class section of the train.
He answered, “Because there is no fourth class.”

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal: but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
~ Jesus in Matt. 6:19-21 (NRSV)

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