The New Seeker magazine

Jennifer starts her book by saying “Simplicity is neither simple to achieve nor easy to define.”
“Simplicity” she says, “is not just a lifestyle option, but an attitude of mind, a path for the inner as well as the outer life.” She also says, “It is not so much to do with possessions, as with our attitude to them. After all, ‘the root of all evil’, it is said, is not money but ‘the love of money’.” And I really like, “A simple life will encompass not only our own needs, but those of others, and those of the environment in which we live.”

This encompasses her whole attitude to “living simply”… One may need a big house to house others, a car so that one can travel to necessary places. And in our concern for the environment here is a selection from her list of suggestions: buying fair trade goods, using alternative sources of energy, lowering levels of personal consumption, wearing more clothes indoors and turning the heating  down, buying from charity shops, ethical investments.

She tells us that we must each make our own list. It isn’t productive to reduce ourselves to the level of the destitute, but common sense and more practical to only get rid of things that we don’t really need for our chosen way of life.

If we have difficulty in finding the right leadings to reduce our clutter, Jennifer recommends, “Regardless of label, there can be no simpler practice than sitting down and opening up the self to the Divine or Higher Being.”

Candia Barman
The New Seeker magazine, spring 2011