We live in a society of adding things. New gadgets. New technologies. All geared to sell us things to do the same things over and over again with different software and hardware. The income from these so-called advances build massive fortunes for wily capitalists, who have managed to convince millions, perhaps billions, that they have made the whole world's life easier and happier. Is your life easier and happier?
Yesterday I tried to buy small blank notepads for my task lists and shopping lists. Having struck out at a major stationery chain, I then had to go the three stores before I found them. In this case, all this technology had not made my life easier, since some corporate buyer decided I needed to buy a smart phone with an expensive monthly contract to do my shopping or plan my day.
Simplicity entails doing things as needs arise or on a set schedule that makes sense. In the home, it means being thoughtful about space and cleanliness. Putting things away after using them, for example. In diet, it means choosing wholesome food which will promote health and energy. In exercise, it means doing a sustainable daily routine throughout each and every day. Resistance to doing these things is what complicates them. Committing to them and practicing them simplifies the process. Closing your ears to those who would complicate your life by selling you more things also helps a great deal. For example, I do not watch any television or listen to any radio with inserted commercial advertisements for products. As a former cigarette smoker, I know how powerful the subliminal messages of these ads can be to subvert your own healthy self-interest.
Having what you truly need is happiness. Wanting what you don't need is misery. Finding your personal truth is essential to make the choices simple. Your personal truth often lies behind illusions and misconceptions about who you are or who you think you should be. By being one person, your true person, in the moment, honest and vulnerable, life becomes quite simple with accompanying peace and joy over time.