Life Is Simple: Every Moment Matters

Life Is Simple: Every Moment Matters

by Paraclete Press


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In this age of sensory overload, more than ever we seek out simplicity—a still pond, quiet space to meditate, the solid stable comforts that are so elusive. Creative leaders through the centuries have understood that simple beauty is one of the highest goals. Albert Einstein said, “Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” But as the Apple slogan used to say: Simple is hard. With the frustration of always feeling ‘plugged in,’ we all need creative ideas and inspiring encouragement to slow down and experience the beauty of life and relationships.

This beautiful book celebrates the blessings of simplicity, with reflections from a wide array of authors as well as songs, psalms, and prayers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612619286
Publisher: Paraclete Press
Publication date: 04/25/2017
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 4.75(w) x 7.50(h) x (d)

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The Editors of Paraclete Press are committed to offering inspirational texts to encourage readers on their spiritual journey.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Great Thoughts on Simplicity and the Present Moment 1

Being Present in the Bible 13

Poems and Songs

"The pedigree of honey" Emily Dickinson 21

"The Daffodils" William Wordsworth 22

"Simple Gifts" Elder Joseph Brackett 24

"My Kingdom" Louisa May Alcott 26

"The Elixir" George Herbert 28

"Desiderata" Max Ehrmann 30

"My Symphony" William Ellery Channing 32

Two Wings to Soar Above the Earth from The Imitation of Christ Thomas à Kempis 35

I don't think anyone "finds" joy from I Will Not Die an Unlived Life Dawna Markova 37

Touching Deeply the Present Moment from Living Buddha, Living Christ Thich Nhat Hanh 39

I Was Something That Lay Under the Sun and Felt It from My Ántonia Wiila Cather 41

Simplicity with a Capital "S" from The Natural House Frank Lloyd Wright 45

Stay Present to What You're Seeing from Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault 47

The Wood-Road Was Not a Place for Common Noisy Conversation from The Country of the Pointed Firs Sarah Orne Jewett 49

To Know How to Be Ready from Amiel's Journal Henri - Frédéric Amiel 53

Waking Up Again from Attitudes of Gratitude M. J. Ryan 61

Simplicity and Self-Conciousness: A Letter François Fénelon 63

Not Mere Aestheticism from The Book of Tea Kakuzo Okakura 71

Simplicity, Simplicity, Simplicity! from Walden Henry David Thoreau 73

Closing Prayers 93

Sources 98

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