“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”
— Hans Hofmann
“Voluntary simplicity means going fewer places in one day rather than more, seeing less so I can see more, doing less so I can do more, acquiring less so I can have more.” — John Kabat-Zinn
Simplicity can be a fruitful path toward balance, joy and peace. When we set the intention to live simply, we begin to ask ourselves where else in life can we remove distractions and focus on the essential.
What does simple living look like? How can we bring it into our lives? We can start by practicing the arts of letting go: embracing the feelings of “enough” and “plenty,” learning to appreciate empty spaces, and relaxing our attachment to the “stuff” of life when it doesn’t touch our hearts, light our souls, or hold real meaning for us. It’s all about releasing our tendencies to cling, for in this practice comes great joy and freedom.