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The Power of Voluntary Simplicity

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Voluntary simplicity is more than an economic concept and a social need.

The idea is especially useful if we want to make progress toward sustainable forms of development. However, voluntary simplicity is also a virtue of the soul. It sums up many of our ecological, economic, social and spiritual needs.

Only a simple heart can elevate itself and soar above those little personal feelings whose main characteristic is that they are good-for-nothing. Voluntary simplicity belongs to the higher self and leads to wisdom. It entitles us to look for, and find, that which is essential in life.

Spiritual groups and institutions that ascribe a great importance to themselves and their corporate interests usually seem to adopt the average views and opinions of the public they want to please. As a result, their leaders believe it is clever to avoid challenging the established forms of collective illusion. On the other hand, spiritual associations which happen to realize that truth is more important than themselves have no such limitation as to searching for truth. Authentic humbleness and devotion lead one to challenge superficial opinions based on mere........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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