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What Michelangelo Taught Us About Essentialism

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“Beauty is the purgation of superfluities.” – Michelangelo

This quote by Michelangelo epitomizes the idea of Essentialism. What the Renaissance man meant by that poetic phrase was this: beauty is the removal of the unnecessary.

All aspects of beauty, all aspects of a beautiful life, simply emerge when we let go of the useless excess. When fear is let go of, we’re left with happiness. When we transcend limiting beliefs, success greets us. When we remove our blocks, creative inspiration flows.

Michelangelo also said the following regarding his artwork…“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” This further shows how, in his genius, he used reductionism to create great art.

This “Michelangelo mindstate” applies to everything in life. Even if not literally with certain things, it applies metaphorically.

So let’s extrapolate a bit. How do you think Michelangelo would have approached modern life? If I were to guess, it would be very similar to the concept of Essentialism.

More Quotes About Essentialism

  • “To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.” – Lao Tzu
  • “It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.” – Bruce Lee
  • “Our life is frittered away by detail… simplify, simplify.” – Henry David Thoreau
  • “Simplicity involves unburdening your life, and living more lightly with fewer distractions that interfere with a high quality life, as defined uniquely by each individual.” – Linda Breen Pierce
  • “Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” – Socrates
  • “Slow down and remember this: Most things make no difference. Being busy is a form of laziness—lazy thinking and indiscriminate action.” – Tim Ferriss
  • “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • “Reduce the complexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life, and the labors of life reduce themselves.” – Edwin Way Teale
  • “Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.” – Lin Yutang

Can you see the trend? Some of the wisest people to ever walk the Earth emphasized the importance of simplicity and essentialism. Whenever you see this kind of trend, know that it’s a concept well worth investigating.

Essentialism And the Art of Not Giving a Fuck

Yup, you read that right. That’s the title of my latest book.

And it was just released!

If you enjoyed this article, you would love the book even more. Essentialism And the Art of Not Giving a Fuck is a deep dive into the philosophy and practice of Essentialism. It also gives you a manual of how to directly apply the principles to uncover your inner peace, happiness and fulfillment.

Get your hands on the book here:
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Thank you and much love.

-Stevie P!
 

15 Profound Quotes About Life

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Life is a beautiful mystery. Life is a video game. Life is a challenge. Life is a playground. Life is a learning experience. Life is all of those things, none of those things and much more all at the same time.

Life is here and now, yet endlessly enigmatic and fleeting. That’s the beauty of it. Without rambling on too much, let’s dance in the mystery together.

Here are 15 Profound Quotes About Life

  1. “Life is not a problem. To look at it as a problem is to take a wrong step. It is a mystery to be lived, loved, experienced.”
    ― Osho
  2. “Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.”
    ― Alan Watts
  3. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
    ― Neale Donald Walsch
  4. “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”
    ― Charles R. Swindoll
  5. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
    ― George Bernard Shaw
  6. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
    ― Anais Nin
  7. “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
    ― Albert Einstein
  8. “Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.”
    ― James Dean
  9. “Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.”
    ― H. Jackson Brown
  10. “Our life is frittered away by detail… Simplify, simplify.”
    ― Henry David Thoreau
  11. “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
    ― Mother Teresa
  12. “If you are depressed you are living in the past.
    If you are anxious you are living in the future.
    If you are at peace you are living in the present.”

    ― Lao Tzu
  13. “Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.”
    ― Eckhart Tolle
  14. “There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”
    ― John Lennon
  15. “We have to create culture, don’t watch TV, don’t read magazines, don’t even listen to NPR. Create your own roadshow. The nexus of space and time where you are now is the most immediate sector of your universe, and if you’re worrying about Michael Jackson or Bill Clinton or somebody else, then you are disempowered, you’re giving it all away to icons, icons which are maintained by an electronic media so that you want to dress like X or have lips like Y. This is shit-brained, this kind of thinking. That is all cultural diversion, and what is real is you and your friends and your associations, your highs, your orgasms, your hopes, your plans, your fears. And we are told ‘no’, we’re unimportant, we’re peripheral. ‘Get a degree, get a job, get a this, get a that.’ And then you’re a player, you don’t want to even play in that game. You want to reclaim your mind and get it out of the hands of the cultural engineers who want to turn you into a half-baked moron consuming all this trash that’s being manufactured out of the bones of a dying world.”
    ― Terence McKenna

 

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3 Quotes To Help You Fully Experience Life

A little picture I took at Fort Williams Park, Maine.

A little picture I took at Fort Williams Park, Maine.

Life is defined by experiences…

Our experiences make us who we are. Experiences mold our character and sculpt our unique personality.

It is through a diverse array of experiences that makes the most interesting people who they are. These experiences come to fruition when we consciously choose to step out of our comfort zone. When we travel to different places, learn a new skill, or really do anything new (no matter how small). This is what allows our true essence to manifest through our character.

So without too much rambling, here’s the 3 quotes that will help you fully experience life. These quotes deeply resonate with me and act as the spark for me to experience everything life has to offer (while embracing and enjoying every moment).

3 Quotes To Help You Fully Experience Life

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“Experience life in all possible ways — good-bad, bitter-sweet, dark-light, summer-winter. Experience all the dualities. Don’t be afraid of experience, because the more experience you have, the more mature you become.” – Osho

 

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“Never forget that you are not in the world; the world is in you. When anything happens to you, take the experience inward. Creation is set up to bring you constant hints and clues about your role as co-creator. Your soul is metabolizing experience as surely as your body is metabolizing food” – Deepak Chopra

 

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“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

 

Just let those sink in for a little…

Then go out there, and like Osho said, “experience life in all possible ways.”

My Recent Experiences

I’ve been traveling a lot for work in recent weeks, spending a lot of time in Portland, Maine. And I’ve experienced so much in such a short amount of time. I’ve tried a different restaurant every night; sampled dozens of local, craft beers; met so many random, awesome people; explored the surrounding countryside and coastline; the list goes on. I’m truly living in the moment; spontaneously doing whatever my heart tells me. It’s led me on some great adventures and I absolutely love it. I’m just going with the flow, and feeling magically alive.

Marcus… aka Marcus the Maine Event

I can’t discuss truly experiencing life without mentioning my friend Marcus, who I met through work in Portland. This guy most definitely epitomizes everything discussed in this post, and he is the living embodiment of those quotes. Marcus has had such a multitude of diverse experiences, and not surprisingly, he’s probably the most interesting person I’ve ever met. There is no fear behind his motivations in life; he simply lives through the love of experience.

Marcus has owned his own company, traveled the world, been rich, been broke, partied with “royalty” and the mega-rich, and meditated with gurus. He even took a six month “retirement” in which he gave up everything and lived without using fossil fuels at all (he’s a hippie at heart), getting around mostly by bicycle. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. He experiences life from every angle, all while leveraging the power of the present moment. Marcus has stories for lifetimes. The guy just loves to experience everything, resulting in the wildly interesting, entertaining character that he is (his true self). And I genuinely admire that.

Go and experience everything life has to offer.

Truly live, instead of just merely existing. Do some crazy shit; but do it from a place of love. Step out of your comfort zone. Try something new. Be spontaneous. Follow your heart. Follow your excitement. Be weird. Be uniquely you. Feel deeply alive in every moment.

Enjoy this wonderfully fleeting life of yours.

Much love.

-Stevie P!

20 Powerful Quotes to Live By

 

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1. “Absorb what is useful, Discard what is not, Add what is uniquely your own.” – Bruce Lee

 

2. “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” – Johann Wolfgang Van Goethe

 

3. “Infinite Love is the only truth – Everything else is illusion.” – David Icke

And him expanding on it… “I have been saying and writing for so many years that one sentence can encapsulate the totality of life, of existence, of being: Infinite Love is the Only Truth – Everything Else is Illusion.”

 

4. “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” – Henry Ford

It’s all a self-fulfilling prophecy. We create our own “reality.”

 

5. “Experience life in all possible ways — good-bad, bitter-sweet, dark-light, summer-winter. Experience all the dualities. Don’t be afraid of experience, because the more experience you have, the more mature you become.” – Osho

PS – At the end of your life you will regret more things that you don’t do, as opposed to things you do.

 

6. “Never forget that you are not in the world; the world is in you. When anything happens to you, take the experience inward. Creation is set up to bring you constant hints and clues about your role as co-creator. Your soul is metabolizing experience as surely as your body is metabolizing food.” – Deepak Chopra

 

7. “Let go or be dragged.” – Zen proverb

Holding onto things creates so much unnecessary pain.

 

8. “Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.” ― Eckhart Tolle

Whatever you focus on, you hold into form.

 

9. “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates

 

10. “The pain that you create now is always some form of nonacceptance, some form of unconscious resistance to what is. On the level of thought, the resistance is some form of judgment. On the emotional level, it is some form of negativity. The intensity of the pain depends on the degree of resistance to the present moment, and this in turn depends on how strongly you are identified with your mind. The mind always seeks to deny the Now and to escape from it. In other words, the more you are identified with your mind, the more you suffer. Or you may put it like this: the more you are able to honor and accept the Now, the more you are free of pain, of suffering – and free of the egoic mind. Why does the mind habitually deny or resist the Now? Because it cannot function and remain in control without time, which is past and future, so it perceives the timeless Now as threatening. Time and mind are in fact inseparable.” – Eckhart Tolle

 

11. “Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.” – Roy Goodman

 

12. “If man made it, don’t eat it.” – Jack Lalanne

Best dietary advice ever. Just eat real food, not processed, factory “food.” Don’t be neurotic though, apply this at least 80% of the time and you’ll be alright.

 

13. “Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.” – Leonardo Da Vinci

Connect the dots and see the bigger picture.

 

14. “Follow your bliss… And the Universe will open doors for you where there were only walls before.” – Joseph Campbell

Everything just falls into place when you let your heart/intuition guide you.

 

15. “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

16. “I’d rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right.” – Albert Einstein

 

17. “Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein

 

18. “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Gandhi

“Reality” is a mirror. Change yourself, and the reflection in the mirror has no choice but to change.

 

19. “Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” – Buddha

Be open-minded, without being naive. Trust your own intuition. (There are rumors that Buddha never actually said this, but it’s a great quote either way.)

 

20. “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” – James Dean

 

Any comments or other quotes that you live by? Leave ’em in the comments section below. Thank you.