Simplicity means making things clearer, cleaner, easier to understand. Yet this is a discipline that also means becoming more convicted in your core values.
Simplicity as an Internal Spiritual Discipline
Random unwanted thoughts inside a person’s head can raise all kinds of doubts and muddle his or her decision making process. Sometimes making the right decisions is all about going down to our beliefs, to the simplest building blocks.
“A man is what he thinks about all day long.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
There are tools we can use to quiet our inner voices:
- Meditation is a great way to get away from the world and focus.
- Prayer is a tool that allows us to have a conversation with God and get some clarity.
- Fasting is another method of narrowing down our focus.
Simplicity as an External Spiritual Discipline
As you develop an internal simplicity, the external demonstration needs to follow. Having a clear distinction between Need Vs Want is so crucial for our consumer-based society, where people are valued based on their possessions and business rather than the higher qualities like – Mindfulness, Kindness, Courage, Generosity, Humility, Simplicity, Compassion, etc. These higher qualities are usually viewed as weaknesses in our modern society.
Result of Spiritual Discipline of Simplicity
When we develop the spiritual discipline of simplicity both internally and externally, we gain certain abilities in addition to losing other destructive needs:
- We begin to speak in simple truths that are easy for us to live by and others to understand.
- We lose the destructive need to constantly top or be better than others.
- We lose the feeling of need for many temporal things. We may like the newest gadget or tool, but we won’t sacrifice our values in order to get it immediately.
- We start giving to others from a place of joy and willingness in our hearts. We become more hospitable and kind.
- We develop a sense of gratitude for everything we already have.
- We live a life of fulfillment and inner joy with serenity.
Wisdom is learning these truths sooner rather than later.