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If you think about it, excessively many people spend money they have not earned, to buy things they do not want, to impress people they do not like.

downloadSimplicity! Such a good concept and it allows for a much more peaceful existence when practiced. But what is simplicity?

Simplicity means centering in on that which is important and letting go of the rest. It can mean living with few possessions and entanglements, but more broadly it is an attitude, an approach to life.

Simplicity allows us to consume less. It differentiates needs from wants and places a priority on the needs of others over our own wants. It also allows us to accomplish more of what really matters. When we approach a task or conversation with an attitude of simplicity, we strive to keep ourselves focused on the essential core rather than getting lost in a clutter of distractions and embellishments. We listen for the same in the words of other people. Simplicity helps us to maintain clarity of mind and purpose.

Even if money brings us happiness, it tends to be the kind which money can buy, material things and sensory experiences. And these, we discover, become a source of suffering themselves. So far as actual possessions are concerned, for example, we must admit that often they cause us more, not less, difficulties in life.

The car breaks down, we lose our money, our most precious belongings are stolen, our house is damaged by fire. Either that or we suffer because we worry about these things happening. If this were not the case–if in fact such actions and circumstances did not contain within them the seed of suffering–the more we indulged in them, the greater our happiness would be, just as pain increases the more we endure the causes of pain.

But such is not the case. In fact, while occasionally we may feel we have found perfect happiness of this sort, this seeming perfection turns out to be as ephemeral as a drop of dew on a leaf, shining brilliantly one moment, gone the next.