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Simplicity is such an important practice.
It always has been, but especially now when the population is increasing so much and
we are overusing the Earth's resources.
We need to care for the planet and all its creatures, including us.
Simplicity is a spiritual practice.
This means a huge shift away from our materialist, consumerist, capitalist society.
To a society based on Love, a Solar Culture.

It also requires a conscious decision to resist our evolutionary instinct to horde stuff.
We need to work intelligently with our instincts, the ancient programming that serves us so well. Sometimes though the modern lifestyle wreaks havoc with it
Compared to previous generations - especially in the developed rich world - we have acquired way more stuff than ever before.
In fact, six times more!! (BBC, posted and accessed 14 April 2014)

Clutter causes stress and is bad for physical and mental health.
Stuff requires maintenance, time and space. 
Decluttering usually has an amazing freeing effect.
Time and energy are some of the rewards.
But we don't have to renounce everything!

To get started, use online resources, or buy a book on it - see below.
Try to dispose of something every time you acquire. Often donation to charity is so much simpler than the time, energy and exposure to danger involved in selling.
Nowadays, so much stuff can be stored digitally. Do you really need all those files and books?
Perhaps, slow down.
It has taken me many years and repeated whittling down of my possessions to get anywhere near where I want to be.
What about you?...

Another
path is to acquire experiences rather than stuff.
Remember that you don't need to own something to enjoy it - and you may feel like you own it whilst you take delight in it.

Here's to a simple lifestyle.
For World Peace!

Online resources:-
  • How to Simplify Your Life (wikiHow
  • How to Live a Simple and Peaceful Life (wikiHow)
  • Downsizing Your Home and Decluttering Your Life (Natural Life Magazine)
  • Making Your Life Simpler: Ten Tips for Making and Keeping Minimalist Resolutions (Natural Life Magazine)
  • A Contemplation on Moving and Stuff - Ways to Downsize Your Home and Simplify Your Life (Natural Life Magazine)
  • Living Simply With Children (Natural Child Magazine)
  • 7 Simple Life Tips -- From Mexico's Huichol People (The Huffington Post)
  • How to Avoid Multi-Tasking (wikiHow)
  • The stuff paradox: Dealing with clutter in the US (BBC)
  • Viewpoint: The hazards of too much stuff (BBC
  • Pace of modern life: UK v Denmark (BBC
  • Shabbat UK: Digital detox call for the Sabbath (BBC
  • Cheap by Choice: When Frugality Means Freedom (Survival Life
  • Being a Minimalist - Ultra Spiritual Life episode 55 (JP Sears) [This is a parody of simplicity that aspirant minimalists may enjoy!]
Books on simplicity:-
  • Elaine St. James books. 
  • There are many others. Obviously search online or ask your library for books on 'Simplicity'.
Role models for simplicity:-
  • José Mujica, 1935-. He was President of Uruguay 2010-2015. He has an austere lifestyle and donated 90% of his presidential salary to charities championing poor people and small businesses. In a world filled with corruption in developed (e.g. here and here) and developing countries, he blazes the way for the ideal politician, the philosopher-king of Plato: 'intelligent, reliable and willing to lead a simple life' (Wikipedia, accessed 19 June 2014)
  • Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Albanian-Indian Nun and Missionary, 1910-1997. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for founding the Missionaries of Charity, which helped many outcast, sick, and extremely poor people. She only owned two saris and a bucket (BBC video, 53s, posted and accessed 4 September 2016).
  • Ramana Maharshi, Indian Guru 1879-1950. He only owned a loincloth, towel and walking stick. He never received private gifts.
  • Mahatma Gandhi, Indian Non-Violence Leader, 1869-1948. "I choose to live simply so that others may simply live." 
  • Leo Tolstoy, Russian Novelist, 1828-1910. Despite originally being a nobleman, he later advocated and lived a simple lifestyle. 
  • Gautama Buddha, Founder of Buddhism, around 500 BCE. Another nobleman who renounced his privileged noble life and taught the Middle Way.
Also see Simplicity Quotes.

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Simplicity Quotes

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