I love this quote by the Dalai Lama, which highlights where we have evolved to.

The Paradox of our Age

We have bigger houses, but smaller families,
more conveniences but less time,
we have more degrees but less sense,
more knowledge but less judgement,
more experts but more problems,
more medicines but less healthiness.

We have been all the way to the moon and back
but have trouble crossing the street to meet the neighbour,
we build more computers to hold more information
to produce more copies than ever
but have less communication.

We have become long on quantity but short on quality,
these are times of fast foods and slow digestion.
Tall man but short character, steep profits but shallow relationships,
it is time when there is much in the window
but nothing in the room.

Dalai Lama

What is 'living simply"
‘Living Simply’ can be interpreted as:

It is a voluntary life style choice which is different from being forced.

People choose to live simply for personal reasons such as:

Technology & social media
The role of technology in our lives today can be different for each person.

In terms of living simply, does the technology that you use:

How to start living simply
Here are some pointers to distinguish where you could make changes to create a more simple way of living in any of the above areas of your life:

  1. What is most important to you, what do you value most?
  2. What are the commitments that you have at home, at work and with your family that support a simple way of life?
  3. How do you spend your time?
  4. How are your home and work tasks organised?
  5. Define your boundaries in every area of your life
  6. Limit communications - for example emails, texts, mobile phones, facebook, twitter etc – and become mindful of time spent
  7. Regularly declutter each room, cupboards etc. Declutter emails and mailing lists – unsubscribe and limit the amount information you are receiving
  8. Limit media consumption – TV, newspapers, radio– and become mindful of time spent

  9. Live Simply that others may Simply Live

    Gandhi (1869 - 1948)
    – who believed in a life of “simplicity and self sufficiency”