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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!