A SIMPLE LIFE
If you want to be free, learn to live simply.
Use what you have and be content,
not changing mates or careers.
Leave your car in the garage.
If you have a gun, put it away.
Sell that complex computer and
go back to using pencil and paper.
Rather than read every new book that
comes along, reread the classics.
Eat food grown locally.
Wear simple, durable clothing.
Keep a small home,
uncluttered and easy to clean.
Keep an open calendar with
periods of uncommitted time.
Have a spiritual practice
and let family customs grow.
Of course, the world is full of novelty and adventures.
New opportunities come along every day.
~ from John Heider’s translation (The Tao of Leadership) of theTao te Ching.
John led encounter groups at Esalen Institute and the Human Potential School of Mendocino.
“ The gap means non-connectedness, un-connectedness — the Self, Absolute, unconnected with the relative. This is Cosmic Consciousness. All activity — the movement of the hands, and the activity… of the mind and intellect and ego — and then the Self, Absolute, being a witness to the whole thing. So there is a gap; there is a non-connectedness between this [activity] and this [Self], and that is the gap. Now in God Consciousness the gap is there, but it is so beautiful; it is celestial. That is what interested me. This gap is filled by light and then, further on, the light gains the state of pure awareness. So [in God Consciousness] there is the celestial and the Self — whatever the gap, that gap becomes celestial. And then eventually the celestial merges into pure awareness, pure consciousness, and then the Unity results. “
—Maharishi, Conversations with Maharishi by Dr. Vernon Katz