“To be simple means to make a choice about what’s important and to let go of all the rest. When we are able to do this, our vision expands, our heads clear and we can better see the details of our lives in all their incredible wonder and beauty.” via Jeff, p. 154 from The Zen of Creativity: Cultivating Your Artistic Life by John Daido Loori
“Letting go of all the rest” is an on-going, spiritual practice for me.
Distraction is so very seductive. The key is, I suppose, a healthy balance between dancing wildly at bohemian costume parties and staying home on a full-moon night to write when the entire kingdom is at the ball.
Then, from Tish G., another great reminder that calms my chameleon heart:
“Inside my heart, there's this little Buddha very serene, who always reminds me that it's all just zen. Life is all just zen. And the world falls away....everything matters and nothing matters. It is what it is, in this moment, and that is all. That is how you learn to move between the worlds.”
"Shamash gets all hot under the collar when a retrosexual in his tight Wranglers walks by, even if he is a die-hard Replublican, and even if he likes to handle guns. Compare the hair-geled metrosexual who loves to shop to the retrosexual in scuffed shoes who just opened the door for you, and the retrosexual scores, hands down."
All Hail the Retrosexuals, and the knights in shining armor who protect the damsels in distress.