Sunday, March 8, 2015

Less Can Be More

March 8, 2015

Dear Friends,

Less is more.

  •  Japanese flower arrangement 
  • Shaker chair 
  • Leafless tree, a stark silhouette against the winter sky
  •  A wordless touch
  • A single blue note blown by Miles Davis’s horn
  • Detail without decoration in the painting of Andrew Wyeth, Edward Hopper

The diminishment process is essential to the production of beauty.

The diminishment process is essential to the awareness of beauty. 

The diminishment process enriches intimacy.

What in your life experiences illustrates these ideas? 

Thinking today that the “muchness” ideal of our culture clutters our perception. It distorts our ability to distinguish context from content, sound from noise, wisdom from information.

Those in the Christian tradition who have emphasized (and practiced) the spiritual discipline of simplicity know that epiphanies are reported most frequently by those whose way of living gives consent to the diminishment process.

In today's minimalist blog, do less words result in more meaning?

See you next week.


1 comment:

  1. It's a type of 'centering' to use a Quaker term.

    A shift from meaning imposed externally to understanding generated internally, in philosophical terms.

    "This moment, just this, is the meaning." Tibetan Dzogchen teaching.

    "You won't be able to say, 'Here it is!' or 'It's over there!' For the Kingdom of God is already among you." - Jesus.

    Beautiful and sublime, Gay.