The Sunday Supplement: Simplicity

“If you want to live life free,

Take your time; go slowly.

Do few things, but do them well.

Simple joys are holy.”

(from the lyrics of a song written by Donovan for a movie on the life of St. Francis of Assisi)

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Book: Simplicity, The Art of Living by Richard Rohr

“In my opinion there are three things that we need to let go of.  First is the compulsion to be successful.  Second is the compulsion to be right – even, and especially, to be theologically right.  That’s an ego trip, and because of this churches have split in half, with both parties prisoners of their own egos.  Finally there is the compulsion to be powerful, to have everything under control.  I’m convinced that these are the three demons Jesus faced in the wilderness.  And so long as we haven’t looked these three demons in the face, we should presume that they’re still in charge.  The demons have to be called by name, clearly, concretely, and practically, spelling out just how imperious and self-righteous we are.  This is the first lesson in the spirituality of subtraction.” (Richard Rohr)

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Website: Christian Meditation for Children

A programme that aims to teach children to find God in stillness, silence, and simplicity.

Go to website.

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Podcast: Discovering Simplicity by Joshua Becker

A simple introduction to simplicity and its benefits. It is intended to be both inspirational and practical. It is 36 minutes long. A few highlights:

  • 0:00 Our Simple Message.
  • 3:00 Our Story.
  • 13:25 The Benefits of Minimalism.
  • 21:00 Identifying Values and Getting Started.
  • 29:20 Breaking the Trend of Consumerism.
  • 35:00 The Invitation of Simplicity.

Song: Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Practical idea: Go for a short walk and enjoy the natural world

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