The quality or state of being simple, unmixed, or uncompounded; as, the simplicity of metals or of earths.
Freedom from artificial ornament, pretentious style, or luxury; plainness; as, simplicity of dress, of style, or of language; simplicity of diet; simplicity of life.
Simplicity can best be achieved by paring your life down to its essentials--those things, activities and relationships you either truly need or genuinely cherish. Simplicity involves unburdening your life, and living more lightly with fewer distractions that interfere with a high quality life, as defined uniquely by each individual. Some of the simplicity values that are important to people who live simply are:
- Limiting material possessions to what is needed and/or cherished.
- Meaningful work, whether paid or volunteer,
- Quality relationships with friends and family.
- Joyful and pleasurable leisure activities.
- A conscious and comfortable relationship with money.
- Connection to community, but not necessarily in formal organizations.
- Sustainable consumption practices.
- Healthy living practices, including exercise, adequate sleep, and nutritious food.
- Practices that foster personal growth, an inner life, or spirituality, such as yoga, meditation, prayer, religious ceremonies, journal writing, and spiritually-related reading.
- Connection to nature-delighting in spending time in nature regularly.
- Aesthetic beauty in personal environment.
- Living in harmony with values and integrity.
Living simply does not require adherence to a rigid set of rules, but rather it challenges the individual to live consciously and deliberately. Simplicity is not a destination. It is a life long journey that is not always easy, but ultimately deeply satisfying.