Dharmadevi and I have been talking about a new class series for couples titled, “Tiny Home, Expansive Marriage – How to Grow Closer Literally and Figuratively.”
Where did we get this playful idea?
Recently we put a tiny home on our Ananda Desert Retreat. The Ananda Desert Retreat also has a 3 bedroom house on 30 acres in the high desert for personal and group seclusions. We visit “Sunshine” (the name of the tiny home) as a getaway from the city on weekends.
Our tiny home in the desert strips away all of the “unnecessary necessities,” as Paramhansa Yogananda called them. It creates a refreshingly simple environment to keep our home life simple and spiritual life deep.
One fringe benefit is when you cook in the kitchen you don’t have to walk in order to get an ingredient or utensil. Everything is within reaching distance! You can pivot in a circle like a figure skater to pick up salt, turn on the water, throw out the trash, and even do the laundry (no joke!).
My only complaint is sometimes I can get a bit claustrophobic. The solution is simple. Step outside!
Although the world is getting seemingly more complex and chaotic, eventually we will return to simplicity. Swami Kriyananda shares how he sees simplicity as one of the possible future trends:
“The first trend will be a reaction against complexity, and a corresponding move toward simplicity. At present one still encounters, in every field, an increasingly burdensome number of details. This may be seen in the physical sciences, including medicine. Complexity is rampant in psychology, in education, in business, and in the sheer ‘business’ of everyday living. It is the inheritance bequeathed to us by Kali Yuga. Complexity is not a necessary accompaniment of advancing knowledge, however; it is merely a reflection of the kind of thinking that is more concerned with the minutiae of knowledge than with the ‘arrow-flight’ of intuitive wisdom.”
-Swami Kriyananda, Religion in the New Age
The problem is most people don’t embrace simplicity. As Swami Sri Yukteswar said, “Man does not easily return to simplicity. It is seldom ‘God’ for an intellectualist, but rather learned pomposities. His ego is pleased that he can grasp such erudition.”
How can we cultivate the desire for simplicity in our lives?
Try meditating on God, or what Sri Yukteswar called the “Prime Simplicity.” Step outside the tiny home of your ego into the eternally free air of your true home in Omnipresence!