Extremely Helpful

Simplicity. What does it mean? …As Jennifer Kavanagh states in the introduction: ‘Simplicity is neither simple to achieve nor easy to define. Is it the opposite of complexity? Is it a lack of elaboration or a lack of excess? It may be all of these things but there is a positive quality to simplicity that is more than a set of negatives, and surpasses form.’ These questions are expanded upon throughout the remainder of the book in a way that I found extremely helpful.

Jennifer talks about the inner need to simplify your life. She states that simplicity is not a lifestyle choice but rather an attitude of mind. It is an inner compulsion to simplify our lives rather than an outer one. The possession of things can take over in a way that disconnects us from what is real in life and can separate us from our inner connection with that which is greater than us – from what I call God but for which others have different names. After all the root of all evil is not money but rather the love of money.

As Jennifer says at the end of chapter eight: ‘If we take a long look at what is really necessary in our lives, we will more easily find a balance in the reality of our material world. We will ensure that what we gain from scientific advances is not encountered by a loss of connection with each other and with the rest of creation.’

Trish Carn, The Friend