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Getting ‘Hooked’ on this Simplicity thing

Have you ever wondered if you might have an addiction to complexity? I have [wondered].

Indeed, like many people, my mind has protested the possibility that life could be ‘that simple’, having obviously experienced a great deal of jumping through hoops and over hurdles en route to the time and space I live in now.

In case you didn’t know, I’ve worked in North American  companies for much of my professional life and I’ve lived and done my graduate education in Western European countries all the way, although I remain fundamentally an Island Girl.

I had a spiritual conflict several years ago and it drew me to question what was going wrong with the picture of my work life, that is: a multitude of worker bees, not progressing, and a tiny number of posh, golf coursing patrons handing out tokens to the [fortunate] masses.

This bothered me, I confess, since I sat professionally between the two groups, and I had a very natural desire to serve across interests. It wasn’t meant to be, though and I ‘failed’ to impress my bosses to flex so that policies could be implemented to encourage people to excel and to serve the organisation better and more.

So I got out and have spent the last several years literally out of the system, as a free lance contributor, but mostly as a person trying to access and stick to my Truth.

On the way I found out that there are many people who exercise their freedom of choice by: 1. doing nothing 2. being ‘the victim’ 3. creating hoops and hurdles just for kicks and 4. resisting [violently in some cases] anything that feels like it will dislodge their present position. Not my favourite lessons but I accept them as part of our species.

Thank goodness on the way I also found some genuine people, keen on celebrating life and on being helpful and not requiring a course in human relations to relate. They got it!

I’ve found that that first batch is ‘at home’ in the old dynamics as well, since that has a certain degree of acceptability among the patrons… The other crowd, dispersed as we were working hard to aid the many, are only now peeking out and connecting, and it is sweet!

So, about this title I selected: getting ‘hooked’ on simplicity. I was recently reminded somewhere that we are physically made up of a fine balance of chemicals and that when chemicals increase or decrease in our systems, we react in particular ways. The chemical input is not necessarily ingested or injected. It can be something as simple as adrenaline, from getting the famous Rush of being busy and doing ‘important’ things.

The only thing is, that kind of chemical ‘high’ in your system for a long time, leads to wear and tear on the system and is tied to many stress-related ailments. I have been there as have many people I know, and am thankful that I moved away from corporate life combined with some super stressful homelife issues, at least for that benefit.

But then there are these other chemicals; you know, the good-feeling ones [smile] The ones that erupt in your system from feeling joyful, from laughing out loud, from being lovingly surprised and indeed from feeling love coming at you. Those are good for you! In fact, they aid longevity and good health consistently!

A big motivation for this posting is the reality that many of the people in Category 1 absolutely thrive on thrills and highs from the dramas of their existence. Those thrills etc. create chemicals also, indeed might lead to demand for other drugs to help with the symptons, and more unnatural chemicals might end up in the system… more addictive chems… Other people engaged in the drama might unwittingly get hooked too, just by constantly engaging!

Back to my Truth Mission; I have found that each time I take a leave from the system and concentrate on what feels right, I get this peace. I’ve also found that there are some really simple pasttimes which make me really healthy, and happy. It’s just incredible how easy it is to get to them!

But my addicted mind kept bringing me back to life’s dramas and saying, you just have to manage this complexity…. even if it is wearing you down!

Well I just got the ‘download’ that perhaps I ought to wean myself completely from this complexity addiction of mine and accept that life is ‘that simple’ as long as I go with what feels natural. Even more great is that I get to choose my new kinds of highs.

And guess which one I’m going with!

I’m going with Simplicity! No books, no learnings required, just acceptance that Peace is your Destination. And once you’re there, you are quite ok! Acceptance, however, is the first step as well as that great desire to be happy and healthy…

So, to all the thrills and highs of natural living, of harmonious connection and of life in my Truth! There is no place right now, that I would rather be.

Hope I will see you there too!

Best of everything to you!


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July 21, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , ,


  1. How lovely, dear one, is all I can say right now, how lovely!

    Comment by mary rives | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  2. I absolutely love this post Sheri, and yes you are so right: most people are addicted to drama, but they don’t realise it is a physical addiction as well as a mental one. Well done on showing us that happiness is simplicity.

    I always say to my “spiritual” students, that if it’s complicated, it has been created by men, and that if it’s simple, it’s inspired by angels… so there you are. You are truly inspired.

    In awe of your awesomeness

    Anges, the Soul Awakener

    Comment by thesoulawakener | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  3. I especially like what you said about the rush of constant engagement. It’s one I’ve had to wean myself from as well.
    And to learn that it’s really not about thrills, but about being in relationship to whatever reality is each moment. Not easy to do, my friend. Good luck to us all.

    Thanks~ Janet

    Comment by janet | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  4. Brilliant Darling!!! This reminds me of the saying “you only need to heal until you realize you have been fine all along!” And to live that is to live simply, for you have been both complex and simple all along. I relate to wanting to manage, for this is a natural tendency… sort of like wanting to be in the stage show instead of just watch, so I go back and forth, and let that be okay too. It’s just the simple me taking the lead, then the complex, then the simple… and with acceptance, for me, there comes a rhythem, and I being to laugh about it. Because laughter is a response to simplicity, more than complexity (see the frown now!)… ah, well, these thoughts you have stirred! Great post!

    Comment by Robin Rice | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  5. This is great, Sherri. I think things are very simple and easy underneath the scurry and craziness of many of our thoughts. That back and forth thing happens, but perhaps when our focus and awareness stays with what underlies…then the simplicity comes to the forefront more and more. What a joy that is! Thanks for this blog.

    Comment by centria | July 23, 2009 | Reply

  6. A Delight! what else to expect!?!
    It is that sublime nectar shared between the lines, of what you wrote, that delivers one of the numerous truths of why “identity” is defaulting to so many, and yet dreaded by others.
    I am the first to admit that, although we may have read the very same article; its messages will ineluctably be perceived the way you are inclined to “live your life”. Which is why, “I” choose… HAPPINESS!

    Jah Bless! 🙂

    Comment by Eric Mbadinga-Nzamba | July 27, 2009 | Reply

  7. This is wonderful and full of truth Sherrilene…thank you!

    Comment by Valerie | March 31, 2010 | Reply

  8. Insightful, Sherrilene! So many people are searching for something to make them feel better(High); sometimes we look for that High in crazy, complicated places. Feeling like a junkie needing a fix during “unproductive” times is uncomfortable and unbalanced. Discovering the natural highs of simplicity is a revelation. Thank you for sharing your “Truth Mission” with us!

    Comment by Paula Hayden | March 31, 2010 | Reply

  9. Simplicity is the ticket. I live in NYC and I live the life of complication. I lived in the jungle in Brasil also for 5 years. Many magical moments with animals, children, plants and the simple life. The simplicity is the route, trust me

    Comment by larry morman | March 31, 2010 | Reply

  10. Just wonderful Sherri….Yes..simplicity..I find your words are truth which I pray we all are able to embrace as we flow along the river of the water we can choose to flow over…go around or bubble and splash over the rocks and curves that we meet along the we flow and we come to know that as (the water) we are the powerful force..the body of water filled with many unseen abilities to provide space for ‘ life’ and growth..on its simple purposeful way.. and by just being part of the river and ‘simply’ flow we merge and become greater..filled with the beauty and miracle of natural none resistance…You are a wonder in my world dear Sherri…thank you and many blessings..Ange..(((())))

    Comment by ange | February 21, 2011 | Reply

  11. This is SO right on. I really appreciate it. I have honed down things. I am such a simple soul and get such pleasure in routine and ordinary things that people laugh at me. I appreciate your perspective. Much love to you,and see ya on Soul Garden also,

    Comment by ruthsgiftbaskets | February 22, 2011 | Reply

  12. Smiling:) Thank you, with love Lisa Online

    Comment by Lisa online | February 23, 2011 | Reply

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