Enrich your life with simplicity

Posessions hunger

From Pandawhale

Voluntary Simplicity is a lifestyle designed to focus on living and veer away from material posessions by subtracting the unnecessary and adding the meaningful. The rejection of consumerism arises from the recognition that ordinary Western-style consumption habits are degrading the planet; that lives of high consumption are unethical in a world of great human need; and that the meaning of life does not and cannot consist in the consumption or accumulation of material things. Extravagance and acquisitiveness are accordingly considered an unfortunate waste of life, certainly not deserving of the social status and admiration they seem to attract today. The affirmation of simplicity arises from the recognition that very little is needed to live well – that abundance is a state of mind, not a quantity of consumer products or attainable through them.

According to this philosophy of living, personal and social progress is measured not by the conspicuous display of wealth or status, but by increases in the qualitative richness of daily living, the cultivation of relationships, and the development of social, intellectual, aesthetic, and/or spiritual potentials. As Duane Elgin has famously defined it, voluntary simplicity is ‘a manner of living that is outwardly simple and inwardly rich, … a deliberate choice to live with less in the belief that more life will be returned to us in the process’.

It should be noted that voluntary simplicity does not, however, mean living in poverty, becoming an ascetic monk, or indiscriminately renouncing all the advantages of science and technology. It does not involve regressing to a primitive state or becoming a self-righteous puritan. And it is not some escapist fad reserved for saints, hippies, or eccentric outsiders. Rather, advocates of simplicity suggest that by examining afresh our relationships with money, material possessions, the planet, ourselves and each other, ‘the simple life’ of voluntary simplicity is about discovering the freedom and contentment that comes with knowing how much consumption is truly ‘enough’.

From What is Voluntary Simplicity?

happiness-simplicity-life-unmeshFrom Sri Chinmoy Poetry

20 thoughts on “Enrich your life with simplicity

  1. words4jp says:

    I wish for this sometimes.

  2. Laura says:

    Thank you for sharing this.

  3. Laura says:

    I had to come back to this. It is a concept my son-in-law tries to live by. It also came up in a previous college semester under the name of cradle-to-cradle (reduce, recycle, reuse). Do we really have to have the latest model cell phone, etc.? Or is it enough to continue to carry the device that still works and still serves the purpose? I think it is okay to want nice things. It is when the things become obsessions that we run into trouble. It is more important to appreciate friends, family and integrity. Thanks again.

  4. Ajaytao2010 says:

    Again a beautiful post dear
    you are a wonderful soul

  5. Peter says:

    Reblogged this on A View from the Other Side and commented:
    A few truly meaningful things are worth more than a house full of “stuff.” ~Peter

  6. melanie says:

    Great actor, RIP.
    – – –
    Life is simple – in general… we, humans do complicate it – useless… 🙂

  7. Dina says:

    A truly great post, so true and wise words!

  8. I’m determined to go from “too much” to “just right” — it takes a while. Thanks for a thoughtful post.

  9. Roth says:

    couldn’t agree more

  10. janeadamsart says:

    Moderation, between the far-out wobbling poles of excess and distress. Living with material which works. Focusing on your own treasure. Thanks.

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