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[Simple living] reducing one's possessions and increasing self-sufficiency as an affirmation of nonmaterial, interpersonal ecological and community-based values

[Simple living] reducing one's possessions and increasing self-sufficiency as an affirmation of nonmaterial, interpersonal ecological and community-based values [Simple living] reducing one's possessions and increasing self-sufficiency as an affirmation of nonmaterial, interpersonal ecological and community-based values
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Choosing Simplicity
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Something rather magical happens when we start simplifying our lives. Without really trying, many people develop a greater aware-ness of a spiritual self, a sense of their own souls, and a sense of a connection to a spiritual presence larger than themselves. It all makes perfect sense. When you declutter your life of unneeded material possessions, unwanted social commitments, and excessive work related stress, you create a space within yourself for some quiet, for an opportunity for reflection. Solitude and contemplation have long been the gateway to a spiritual life. But spiritual awareness involves more than just having the time to think. Developing this awareness requires a certain frame of mind—a mind that openly seeks knowledge of the inner life. When we live simply, our relationship to the material side of life changes. Rather than being consumed by materialism, we choose to surround ourselves with only those material possessions we truly need or genuinely cherish. Inevitably, this is less than what our North American culture would have us believe is necessary for the "good life." As a result of reducing the role of materialism in our lives, a door opens to the nonmaterial facets of life—relationships, pursuit of artistic and intellectual endeavors, and spirituality.

I share the belief of many of the study participants that we are all somehow connected on a spiritual level. In my view, it is one of life's great mysteries. My efforts to live simply are a reflection of that belief. I want to take only what I need, not because my taking less will necessarily provide greater resources to the truly poor, but out of honor and respect for the people who really do not have enough. This sentiment naturally flows from my belief that we are all one in some mysterious way.

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