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Life Is Simple, We Make It Hard

By Brandon Alter:

I don’t think it was ever designed to be this complicated. The river was for swimming in and drinking from. It washed our clothes and our bodies. The fire was for warmth and protection. It cooked our food and mesmerized our hearts. The mountain was for gazing upon and wandering through. There was no need for meditation because life was a meditation. As soon as you fell out of step with the world around you, you felt it, and you corrected your way. We were happy, and we were together. Life was simple and pure and it was enough.

Life is still simple, we make it hard.

I don’t know where we are now. I don’t know where we are going. But I do know that it’s never too late to return. Strip away the complexity of our day to day and what are we left with? Song and breath. Water and sweet earth and unending fire. You have your body. You have your relationships. You have the earth and the sky. This is true abundance. When this doesn’t feel like enough, it’s because we have fallen out of step. And I think a lot of us, myself included, have been out of step for a long time. Course correction hurts, but ultimately it feels like homecoming.


BRANDON ALTER is a spiritual healer, Tarot reader, teacher, mystic and writer living in Los Angeles. He is passionate about sharing spiritual tools that have helped him reconnect to the wisdom of his heart. Brandon is a thoroughly trained healer, astrologer and yoga teacher who co-hosts The Spiritual Gayz with his husband, a twice-monthly podcast dedicated to exploring the wide reaches of spirituality, without pretending that it all makes sense. Brandon’s mom took him to his very first psychic when he was seven and gave him his first Tarot deck when he was eleven. Since then he has devoted himself to the study of Tarot, Yoga, Pilates, Reiki, Astrology and the myriad ways one can work and heal with the help of the spirits.

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