Simplifying Aspects Of Your Life – 25 Simplicity Quotes

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Zy Marquiez
January 9, 2018

Below are several quotes from respected individuals which allude to the importance of simplicity.

The reason for sharing these is to contemplate them deeply and ruminate about what prompted these individuals to make such statements. This should gives us an insight into what these individuals displayed in their daily lives:

“Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.”
– Leonardo Da Vinci

“If you can’t explain it simple enough, you can’t understand it well enough.”
– Albert Einstein

“Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity”
– Plato

“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”
– Coco Chanel

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”
– Confucius

“In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.”
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become.”
– Paramahansa Yoganda

– Simplicity will stand out, while complexity will get lost in the crowd.”
– Kevin Barnett

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”
– Hans Hoffman

“The greatest ideas are the simplest.”
– William Golding

– “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.”
– Albert Einstein

“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.”
– Bruce Lee

“Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things.”
– Isaac Newton

“Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Very often, people confuse simple with simplistic. The nuance is lost on most.”
– Clement Monk

“How many undervalue the power of simplicity! But it is the real key to the heart.”
– William Wordsworth

“Today’s complexities demand greater simplicity.”
– Elder L. Tom Perry

“Live simply so that others may simply live.”
– Mother Theresa

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex…it takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.”
– Albert Einstein

“Embrace simplicity…Be content with what you have and are, and not one can despoil you.”
– Chris Prentiss

Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you’re doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you.
– Joel Osteen

“Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.”
– Laozi

“Simplicity is the glory of expression.”
– Walt Whitman

“Simplicity is the nature of great souls.”
– Papa Ramadas

“Simplicity is realizing what you need rather than what you want.”
– Apoorve Dubey

In our current day an age, there is an excess of complexity which plagues the populace. We have all dealt with a plethora of issues which harbor extreme complexity to the hilt. Much of it is out of our hands, but thankfully, not all of it.

If the complexity is overdone, this leads to all manner of detrimental circumstances which are harmful to the individual, waste their time, and increase their stress.

As is often the case, for many issues there are solutions that can be viewed far easier if one just takes a step back and analyzes the situation from a detached point of view.  Although not taught in conventional schooling, the mental tool of seeing things from a detached macro-POV is extremely useful for being able to see how different things interlock in the grand scheme of things rather than viewing things from a 1st person limited perspective

Allow me to repeat Paramahansa Yoganda’s incisive quote that might be of great use to most of us in the current world we live in: “Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become.”

If ever there were a quote that precisely relates how people would be best served, this one would be one of them.

Its so simple, its elegant.   And it would solve countless problems and ameliorate stress as well.

It’s worked countless times in my life, and perhaps it can work in yours as well.

Simplicity is just another choice/tool for the proactive, mindful, and incisive individual.

So why not keep implement this tool into your repertoire?

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Energy – The Wellspring Of Life

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Zy Marquiez
January 5, 2018

Energy is an interesting concept.  It conjures all sorts of ideas/emotions.  For our purposes, we’re going to focus on energy and oft-overlooked ways to tap into it.

Usually, the ways people gain energy are through rest, sleep and eating healthy foods.  Occasionally people might state they feel energized doing other activities, but for the most part the point of view of how people consistently gain energy is seen through a limited perspective.

Be that as it may, there are myriad other ways people can get energized.  Sometimes a calming vacation in a cabin retreat helps revitalize someone.  Or perhaps even a weekend at a beach or a cabin in the mountains can help reinvigorate individuals energetically.  Working out has also been known to energize individuals.  So on and so forth.

Bottom line – the above examples showcase the same concept, but from various points in the kaleidoscope.  The energy an individual can tap into is available in many streams of life, if we just open our eyes to it.  Best of all, there are even more ways to get energized then the ones mentioned above.

By way of example, nigh 3 days ago I was about to head to bed given that it was around 10 PM and I’d been battling a cold for a few days, having an atrociously exhaustive day, when I opted to read a book.  Sounds innocent, doesn’t it?  No big deal, you say.  Perhaps.

I pick up one book, and continued that book where I left off in that novel.  Soon thereafter, I recall that there’s another book I’d been meaning to continue, and switch to that book.  After about an hour of vigorous reading, I switch to another book, so on and so forth.  Four hours later, and bouncing between 5 books, I felt on top of the world.  My energy level was through the roof, and at first it was inexplicable to me.  This was until I realized how powerful allowing my mind to drift through ideas, contemplate creative curiosities and stoking the embers of my imagination was.  The ironic thing is, I should have been even more exhausted than before, given that I was running on empty before I started reading, but such was not the case.  Thereafter, after a few hundreds pages, I was replete with energy as I’d drank from life’s well spring itself.

After going through that instance, I was left with much to ruminate upon.  I found energy and how we tap into it a utterly fascinating idea.  The point is, a simple task that might not hold meaning to others, not only held immense meaning to myself, but was able to invigorate me in a manner I hadn’t been in months.  Not only that, but it allowed me to get things done when I was feeling dreadful, which was one of its greatest advantages.

Tapping into this wellspring of life, energy, whether it comes from a vacation, working out, or whatever other method…is definitely an Ace all Individuals have up their sleeve, even if they don’t use it.  If seen from the point of view of something nourishing and vital to your well being, and I certainly believe it is, then it is something we should all contemplate on doing, and doing regularly.  That’s just my opinion however.  What do you think?

At the opposite side of this example is the fact that all of us, from time to time, will feel stagnant, like a ship without a rudder amidst the winds of life.  Lacking energy [irrespective of reason] leaves us like a leaf in the wind, subject to whatever whim the winds of nature leaves us.  As such, we drift aimlessly in our space and often let the chips fall where they may.  Each and every one of us is familiar with this idea.

How we get there is not as important as how we get out of it.  Thankfully, there are many ways of egress when facing this curious conundrum.

This is why for me, personally, it’s been vital to find as many solutions to this dilemma, which basically means finding as many ideas of things that keep me energized and keep my tanks full.  Please keep in mind, that what might work (best) for myself, might not work for someone else, but hopefully someone can gain better insights into ways they may energize themselves, and even contemplate new ways of tapping into and expanding this untold potential.

Whether it is painting, writing, reading, listening to music, swimming, imagining, exercising, yoga, meditating, mindfulness, meaningful conversations, or someway else, make note of what energizes you.  Keep that in your back pocket, because we all know sooner or later the moment of stagnicity will wrap its tentacles around us and only by being proactive will we be able to shed its limbs.

Better yet, once we realize we can tap into this energy source at any given moment in time, our Individual capabilities increase proportional to how we opt to employ them and how often as well.

At that moment, when energy is restored, the world is in the palm of our hands, and life becomes your personal adventure once more.

And isn’t that what life’s about, living life to the fullest?

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Book Review: How To Read A Book – The Classic Guide To Intelligent Reading by Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren

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Zy Marquiez
January 5, 2018

“A man is known by the books he reads.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Read not to contradict and confuse; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider.”
– Francis Bacon

This particular book is a book that helps you think better, shaper, more incisively.

At the behest of the author of Socratic Logic [review here] Peter Kreeft PhD, the following book was recommended.   Holding Kreeft’s opinion in high respect – and after doing some research into the book – getting this book seemed to be more than a safe bet.  In fact, it was much more than that.

How To Read A Book – The Classic Guide To Intelligent Reading by Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren is a phenomenal book in a multitude of ways.  Not only does it the book teach individuals how to read different kinds of books – by reading proactively, by rather reactively, for instance – but it also provides essential tools for the synthesis of other great – and more meaningful – pieces of literature.  But the book doesn’t stop there.

One crucial point the authors make is to point out the fact different type of genres should be read in different ways.  Put differently, different type of books demand different types of focus from the reader – poetry, plays or even fiction will be ready drastically different from nonfiction books, or better yet, medical studies or something more dense.  This is something that’s not taught to individuals for the most part, and it’s quite a crucial skill to be lacking in the age of information.

Throughout the length of the book, Adler and Van Doren cover an extensive set of tools for individuals to learn and implement in order to maximize their understanding of the information held within books and all reading in general.  The book features a wide ranging set of suggestions that build on themselves throughout the chapters and also help the reader navigate all the way from the basics to the more advanced.

With utmost precision, the authors show the lengths to which proper reading can be taken too, as well as the depth that can be gathered by undertaking their advice.  As an avid reader and researcher, the information within the pages of this book have helped me considerably not only in pushing myself as a reader, but in understanding – and even merging – the depth and scope of information that is stated, as well as sifting out deeper implications when information isn’t obvious.

Covered within How To Read A Book are topics such as inspectional reading, systematic skimming, problems in comprehension, ‘x-raying’ a book, coming to terms with the author, criticizing a book fairly, reading aids, how to read practical books, how to read imaginative literature, suggestion for reading stories, plays and poems, how to read history, how to read philosophy as well as much, much more.

Particularly of interest to me was the topic of syntopical reading, which is what the authors call ‘The Fourth Level Of Learning’..  In laymen terms, syntopical reading is the ability to essentially synthesize information from various sources.  Since synthesizing information is a process carried out [or attempted too] on nigh a daily basis by myself, the information for me in this particular section was quite noteworthy and immensely useful.  Admittedly, some of it was already being done by me since one learns how to streamline various components of one’s learning when done long enough, but the book still offered more than plenty to learn from in this and many other areas.

A book like How To Read A Book should be an integral component in everyone’s education, and that is no overstatement.  In an age where cognitive decline of education continues unabated, it’s those that push themselves into the realm of self-teaching or autodidacticism that will breakaway from the pack.

This book can easily function as a foundational piece in a school curriculum, because, after all, a sizeable portion of what individuals learn comes via reading.

Most of the suggestions in this book seep into most types of reading in some way shape or form.  When carried out, this undoubtedly filters into an individuals’ everyday lives proportional to how much its concepts are used, and I can certainly vouch for it.  There really isn’t too many books out there that urge the reader to go beyond the conventional baseline understanding of knowledge within books, but this book is certainly one of those precious few.

Appreciatively, the authors also make it a point to strive for a greater education as individuals, to seek to further one’s education beyond the bounds of modern schooling.  Mind you, schooling and education are not the same thing, which is an important distinction because what society gets in America nowadays – given that we have strewn away from classical education – is barely a facsimile of schooling, and in no way shape or form the true education of times past.  Authors like award winning teacher John Taylor Gatto’s in his landmark Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling, Dr. Joseph P Farrell & Gary Lawrence’s Rotten To The Common Core , and Charlotte Iserbyt, who served as the Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education, in her The Deliberate Dumbing Down Of America, all outline various angles of the deliberate dumbing down of America quite saliently.  More and more people are beginning to speak out as well.

In any case, at the end of the book the authors also thankfully feature a set of the greatest books of all time for individuals to take into consideration.  Having read some of those books, it’s hard to disagree.  That book list is definitely something that’s worth considering for someone looking to extend their learning.

Furthermore, the authors postulate that there exists specific books which fall into the category of what they call ‘Great books’, such as The Illiad, The Odyssey, Organon, The Republic, Paradise Lost, The Divine Comedy, et al.  The authors state that only 1% of the millions of book out there – if not less – fall within this category of ‘Great Books’.  What makes this particular category of great books so unique?  That the gems of knowledge contained within these books, and growth the reader will attain will not only be quite extensive given the depth and immensity of the concepts within the books, but these books will teach you the most about reading and about life.  What’s more, regardless of how many times one reads these books, they are so profound and demanding of the reader that one will always learn something from them.

If you appreciate books, reading, classical education, or are striving to demand more from yourself or perhaps even plan on building a home-schooling curriculum, GET THIS BOOK!  This book really is for everyone.  Educated minds have great foundations, and this book helps lay those foundations in an ironclad manner.

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The New Year, The Future & Untapped Potential

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Zy Marquiez
January 1, 2018

“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.”
– Thomas Jefferson

Every year, as the New Year approaches, one can sense excitement building in the atmosphere.  In many instances, this type of emotion can be so palpable that it resonates considerably in others.

As we have come to learn, this excitement takes place in large part due to individuals getting ready to create significant changes in their lives; meaningful changes that will be for the better.

The curious part of this conundrum, and what seems quite intriguing about these circumstances is that often times many people choose to wait to make changes after the new year begins, even though they know they would reap rewards via those changes if they were implemented immediately.

If positive, meaningful, and resonant change is to take place, why don’t individuals make changes immediately?  After all, if the benefits are to to be quite substantial, why not venture into the realm of change sooner?

Most people including myself are all guilty of this idea to some extent, and it seems quite paradoxical that individuals would see new ‘resolutions’ as positive, but wait to implement these changes  when the ‘official clock’ strikes midnight.  Should an individual not dance to their own tune?  Why not set your own clock?

Regardless of the reasons, when the New Year begins, hope is in the air, individuals have an extra spring in their step, and the vibe is totally different.  This is quite invigorating to see the least.  It seems the kind of idea in which most if not all benefit when applied with zeal.

As an example some of you may be familiar with, if you go to the gym regularly, specifically on the very first day of the year, you come to realize that this day (year in and year out) is hands down the busiest day of the year for gyms.   In this respect, as someone who shares similar goals to those going, and as an observer of this circumstance for many years, it’s great to witness individuals do the best for themselves and starting out strong.  What I find paradoxical is that these so-called resolutions often dissipate into the hollow habits of the past much of the time.  We’ve all been there in some way shape or form.

Still though, every new year, more and more people end up creating significant change for themselves, and this is quite refreshing.  Be it in search for better health, stronger meaningful relationships, personal growth, or something else, individuals that keep pushing themselves to breakaway from the conventional box we’ve been offered from youth often keep rolling along relentlessly regardless of time, circumstances or obstacles as they tap into their limitless potential.  These individuals make obstacles their daily bread.

Moreover, individuals that get to see those positive changes accrue in those breaking away from the conventional mindset gain confidence and belief in significant ways as they see their friends and/or acquaintances succeed in new endeavours.  This creates a rising tide from which all may benefit.

And at minimum, the future will always hold the option to be the jump-off point for any individual that wishes to create meaningful change if they ever decide to light off into the horizon.

The future offers us individuals energy, possibilities and wonder.

The future is the untraveled road, ready to be paved by the individual – you.

The future is everything we wished for, and more, but only if we make it happen.

The future is the shining star that’s yet to light up your new voyage.

The future is a compass pointing in a new direction; a new course to make berth too.

The future is ultimately a blank canvas, and that’s why we all love it.

And yet, the future is every single day, every new hour and every new minute.  The future doesn’t stop and wait for the New Year just because that’s what we’ve been programmed to do.

The future, like a blank canvas, is always ready to be filled in.

Realizing this, why not make every single day our own personal ‘New Year?  Why not make every day a gateway to change?

The beauty of this conundrum is that it’s only a choice.

Thankfully, the future – our personal blank canvas – is always there.

And always will be, ready for that moment when the choice is made.

As Eleanor Roosevelt once shared:

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

Book Review: Getting Things Done By David Allen

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Zy Marquiez
January 10, 2018

“We get such a kick out of looking forward to pleasures and rushing ahead to meet them that we can’t slow down enough to enjoy when they came.”
– Alan Watts

In an advancing age of speed, where the smallest circumstance can cost time and money, a way to warp through the morass would benefit any individual.  Getting Things Done is a book that not only helps individuals cut through the cluttering weeds of daily life,  but also helps narrow down with specificity the proper actions to be taken and how to sequence those in order to attain your goals.  Therein lies the simplicity of the book.

The book’s main tenet lies behind the ultimate value of “Next-Action Decision-Making Process.”  This next-action process is achieved by merely asking ourselves “What’s the next action?” or simply “What’s next?”  The task of asking ourselves what needs to be done not only increases our speed because we remain focused on completing tasks, but also increases productivity while also forcing accountability.  However, for all this to take place one needs to be precise.  For instance, saying one needs to go buy groceries is vague; on the other hand, saying one needs to purchase eggs, milk, bread, is not.  Such simple actions help dissolve much of the confusion that can take place in countless settings.  To be even more specific, one could also write down what store one would need to buy which specific items (if shopping at multiple places was part of the schedule.)

In any case, Allen also encourages individuals to write down their daily, weekly, and monthly goals in order to set their mind concretely on the right target, therefore employing the right steps.  Specificity here is also crucial, since the use of writing down specific action-steps through goals breaks down seemingly monolithic projects into much more manageable bite-sized chunks.  Such tangible actions are at the core of “getting things done”.

One of the critical suggestions Allen gives is in how one organizes tasks and thereafter sifts through these critical tasks.  This was my main reason for my purchasing the book, and the insights were highly valuable.  Along these lines is Allen’s two-minute rule, which is the one rule that has helped me the most given my nature and its practicality.  This rule boils down to whether or not a task can be done in two minutes; if it can, the task should get done on the spot – no waiting whatsoever.  If not, one gets to follow the proper “What’s the next action?” sequence and go from there.

With everything said, it is crucial to note that there are different editions of this book.  After reading reviews I chose to purchase the first edition rather than the latter one based on suggestions by a few people.   I noticed the latest edition, which is the third, is about 100 pages longer, although the content might be garrulous and didn’t seem to add any additional value in the eyes of the reviewers.  This is mentioned for consideration to others since there are multiple editions out there, some of which are more useful than others, depending on the circumstances.  The latter editions have been quite different, so please bear that in mind.

In any case, another significant component which added additional value to the book was the quotes on the margins.  Although the book could have been written without out them, the fact that the author chose to include these illuminating aphorisms help cement the points he was trying to make, and was very much appreciated.

Plain and simple, if navigating through life you run into ceaseless constellations of clutter, or merely want to organize part of your life, work, hobby, are a homeschooler or self-directed learner, even if just a bit, get this book.  Not only will this book help you streamline a lot of goals and save you time, but probably also save you money while also giving you immense peace of mind.  Complement this book with Maximum Achievement by Brian Tracy, and you will surely have a template for success.

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15 Minute CALMING YOGA For Stress Relief and Anxiety

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Zy Marquiez
January 10, 2018

Use this 15 minute calming yoga for stress relief and anxiety to calm your mind and relax your body with long, relaxing yoga stretches.

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Perler Beads Tutorial: Super Mario Bros – Pixel Art Show

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Zy Marquiez
January 10, 2018

In this follow up video, Kyle McCoy, creator and Artist at the Pixel Art Show, gives his viewers a tutorial in creating Pixel Art on Super Mario Bros.

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Quote | Love | Individuals | Change | Politics

*Thx to Lily for sharing this.

“We need to stop looking to politicians to make our world better.  Politicians don’t make a world a better place.  Everything that’s ever made a world a better place has come from inventors, engineers, scientists, teachers, artists, builders, philosophers, healers, and people that choose love over hate.”
– Don Freeman

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Mega Man and Dr Light Speed Painting – Squarepainter

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Zy Marquiez
January 10, 2018

Squarepainter speed paints Mega Man and Dr. Light from the Mega Man series on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).

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Top Medical Uses For Honey

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Zy Marquiez
January 10, 2018

Honey is a common natural healing agent that has been used for centuries as a topical antibiotic on wounds. Some companies even have medical grade honey bandages for wounds. It can also be used for sore throats, colds, and other common ailments.

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