NCC Seychelles

Simplicity

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.