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Conscious Simplicity

On Oct 21, 2014 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 My life is mostly simple. I learned simplicity by living with families and  friends who lived a simple life.One thing that sands out in our simple living is what we eat. Our food is very basic, cooked at home and not costly.We do not waste any food because we do not cook more than necessary. We grow vegetables in our back yard. We eat more nutritional organic food which is good for our health. We have all the basic things we need in enough quantity. We turn water off and lights off when we do not need to  use them.We never had any garage sell because we do not have more things than we need. We visit department and other stores only if we need to buy things. We make the full use of things.We do not compare our possessions with others who often go for new things even though they may not need them.

Living this way we have more time to spend with each other as we do not have to stretch ourselves for getting things we do not need. Simple living does not mean living poorly or superficially. In fact simple living has created more quality time for us to relate to each other more compassionately and deeply.In simple living, there is no mad rush for buying more and more and having more and more. Simplicity has its own beauty, grace, inner strength and inner richness. The belief system -big the better and more the merrier -leads us to hanker after getting fulfillment from outer world at the cost of inner peace and contentment.

Different people have different ideas about simplicity. Ultimately it boils down to making wise choices of living in tune with nature and cultivating connectedness. It is the art of learning to live from within.

Namaste-bow to simple living.

Jagdish P Dave

On Oct 22, 2014 david doane wrote:

 Jagdish -- Someone said you can never get enough of what you don't really need, which seems to be the way of too many of us.  Your simple living is happily so in contrast to that.  


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