Saturday, August 28, 2010

Zen Habits: a brief guide to life


‘A few strong instincts and a few plain rules suffice us.’ ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on twitter or identica.
Life can be ridiculously complicated, if you let it. I suggest we simplify.
Thich Nhat Hanh’s quote, which I’ve stolen as this site’s subtitle, is the shortest guide to life you’ll ever need:
“Smile, breath, and go slowly.”
If you live your life by those five words, you’ll do pretty well. For those who need a little more guidance, I’ve distilled the lessons I’ve learned (so far) into a few guidelines, or reminders, really.
And as always, these rules are meant to be broken. Life wouldn’t be any fun if they weren’t.

the brief guide

less TV, more reading
less shopping, more outdoors
less clutter, more space
less rush, more slowness
less consuming, more creating
less junk, more real food
less busywork, more impact
less driving, more walking
less noise, more solitude
less focus on the future, more on the present
less work, more play
less worry, more smiles
breathe

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2 comments:

blesid said...

Hi Gillian! Thanks for your visit to bles-id ... I was snooping around your site and thought that your list of zen habits would make amazing subway art. But then I thought, is there anything about the subway zen-ish? Maybe that is exactly why it would work! I will report back if I pursue this. Until then I'm going to "Smile, breath and go slowly." Jules

Gillian Layne said...

Thanks for stopping by! :)