Voluntary simplicity is a way of life based on “enough”, on the middle way of sufficiency in all things. Whether our tendency to want more and more without limit is the result of natural evolution or a spiritual malady, it is a fact of life.
Happily, however, we are capable of understanding the nature of incessant desire, its destructive effects on our lives, relationships, and the environment, and we are capable of developing other ways of thinking and living based on a truer understanding of what will really bring us peace and contentment.
In the current North American social reality, putting these insights into practice requires that we continually swim against the prevailing current of advertising, social custom, and what passes for “common sense” in our day. Developing mindfulness about the nature and dynamics of innate desires, cultivating “defenses” against commercialism intruding into our lives, and staying conscious of how much money, time, and energy we spend and the value we receive in exchange for them, are all helpful ways of identifying how much is enough and then letting that awareness guide our life choices.
Excerpted from the article:
Enough is Enough: Finding a Graceful Balance in Life
Written by Mark A. Burch.
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