Project World Peace logo Simplicity

Home Natural Family Living Big Life Issues Animal-
Culture of Love Solar Culture Spirituality Emotion

Contact Bruce

About PWP


Photo Credits:-

Earth talks to us!
(PaliGraficas, Pixabay)

Solar Culture
(Hans, Pixabay)

Zen Coastal Stones
(PIRO4D, Pixabay)

World Peace Kids
(geralt, Pixabay)

Tree Path
(dldusdn, Pixabay)

Blank Book

(wiccadnz, Pixabay)

(Cbill, Pixabay)

Nature Simplicity
(MarcoRoosink, Pixabay)
Earth talks to us! Simplicity

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.
This requires degrowth to a society based on Love, a Solar Culture.

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!

Zen coastal stones

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?...

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!

World Peace Kids

Top of Page
Online resources
Path of trees

Top of Page
Books on simplicity
  • Elaine St. James books. 
  • There are many others. Obviously search online or ask your library for books on 'Simplicity'.
Blank book

Role models for simplicity
  • The Minimalists (Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus). They have helped millions simplify. They offer a free eBook 16 Rules for Living with Less. Watch their documentary trailer. Watch them at TEDx.
  • Marie Kondo, 1984-. She is famous for the KonMari method of organizing (itself partly inspired by Shinto), where you only keep the things that spark joy. See her Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and her website.
  • 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. 
Buddha head statue in nature

Top of Page
Collective simplicity
Nature Simplicity

Also see:-

Simplicity Quotes

Spirituality articles

Presence not Presents 2

Top of Page Contact Bruce
© Bruce Mitchell 2015-Now. All rights reserved.
Page last updated: 6 May 2022.