Reading Archive (Simplicity)

What You See Is What You Get

Annie Dillard

When I was six or seven years old, growing up in Pittsburgh, I used to take a precious penny of my own and hide it for someone else to find. It was a curious compulsion; sadly, I’ve never been s...

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38K reads, 14 comments

Each Thing's Way

Ray Grigg

Trouble is caused by people who think they are smart enough to improve things. First they try. When there is resistance, they push. Then they push harder until their intentions are lost in strugg...

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27K reads, 6 comments

To Know Without Needing To Understand


Usually, we search for understanding because we believe that it will lead to true experience. We try to understand every experience that is brought...

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22K reads, 8 comments

Simplicity of the Heart

J. Krishnamurti

Simplicity  of  the  heart  is  of  far  greater  importance  and  significance  than  simplicity  of possessions.  To  be&nb...

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20K reads, 12 comments

Honoring Complexity, Being Rooted in Simplicity

Richard Powell

The complexity of life can mask its poignancy. The web of daily tasks and events can seem so manifold, so knotty and tangled, that the deeper richness contained within them gets overshadowed, lost in ...

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18K reads, 11 comments

Turning Ourselves Toward Stability And Hospitality

David Mckee

The Benedictine-Camaldolese monk, Bruno Barnhart says it very well:  “We humans prefer a manageable complexity to an unmanageable simplicity.” A complex instability is our typical ...

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18K reads, 4 comments

Beauty of True Simplicity

Jack Kornfield

The clutter of our lives binds us to the precious simplicity that surrounds us and within us. Too of ten we become possessed and imprisoned by the chains of our own accumulations. We live in fear of t...

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14K reads, 2 comments

Untested Simplicity of the Villages

Ram Dass

Is the vision of simple living provided by this village in the East the answer?  Is this an example of a primitive simplicity of the past or of an enlightened simplicity of the future? Gradual...

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13K reads, 9 comments

Voluntary Simplicity

Duane Elgin

There is no special virtue to the phrase "voluntary simplicity"--it is merely a label and a somewhat awkward label at that. Still, it does acknowledge explicitly that simpler living integrates both i...

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5K reads, 6 comments

True Education


It is always difficult to keep simple and clear. The world worships success, the bigger the better; the greater the audience the greater the speaker; the colossal super buildings, cars, aeroplanes an...

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4K reads

Centuries of Culture

Rabindranath Tagore

Once there was an occasion for me to motor down to Calcutta from a place a hundred miles away. Something wrong with the mechanism made it necessary for us to have a repeated supply of water almost eve...

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4K reads

Dinner in Silence

Elaine St. James

[ Five or six weeks ago, we started to eat the post-meditation dinner in silence. Here is a related thought on mindful eating ... ] "As a personal or family ritual, have a meal in silence from tim...

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4K reads

Freedom of Simplicity

Peace Pilgrim

Some seem to think my life dedicated to simplicity and service is austere and joyless, but these do not know the freedom of simplicity. I know enough about food to nourish my body properly, and I ha...

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4K reads


Author Unknown

What is simplicity? These days, simplicity has become a complicated topic; some will say that it lies in having less and enjoying more while others will say that simplicity is in having m...

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3K reads