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Elegant simplicity : the art of living well / Satish Kumar.
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9780865719101
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Gabriola Island, BC, Canada : New Society Publishers, [2019]
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xxv, 181 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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"Elegant Simplicity provides a philosophy of life that weaves together simplicity of material life, thought, and spirit and distills Satish Kumar's five decades of wisdom into a guide for pursuing a life that prioritizes the ecological integrity of Earth, social equity, and personal happiness."-- Provided by publisher.
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Summary

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Consume less and celebrate more for inner peace and ecological integrity

Consumerism drives the pursuit of happiness in much of the world, yet as wealth grows unhappiness abounds, compounded by the grave problems of climate change, pollution, and ecological degradation. We've now reached both an environmental and spiritual dead-end that leaves us crying out for alternatives.

Elegant Simplicity provides a coherent philosophy of life that weaves together simplicity of material life, thought, and spirit. In it, Satish Kumar, environmental thought leader and former monk, distills five decades of reflection and wisdom into a guide for everyone, covering:

The ecological and spiritual principles of living simply Shedding both "stuff" and psychological baggage Opening your mind and heart to the deep value of relationships Embedding simplicity in all aspects of life including education and work Merging science and spirituality for a coherent world-view.

Elegant Simplicity is a life guide for everyone wanting off the relentless treadmill of competition and consumption and seeking a life that prioritizes the ecological integrity of the Earth, social equity, and personal tranquility and happiness.


Author Notes

Satish Kumar is long-time peace and environment activist and former Jain monk. Editor of Resurgence magazine from 1973-2016, he founded Devon's Schumacher College, and has authored several books and presented the BBC documentary Earth Pilgrim. He lives in Devon, UK.


Table of Contents

Fritjof Capra
Gratitude and Thanksp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Preface: Let's Be Simplep. xxi
1 My Story: Beginningsp. 1
2 Simplicity of Walkingp. 15
3 Life Is a Pilgrimagep. 37
4 Elegant Simplicityp. 45
5 A Society of Artistsp. 57
6 Yoga of Actionp. 67
7 Learning and Livingp. 77
8 Right Relationships: We Are All Relatedp. 99
9 Love Unlimitedp. 109
10 Power of Forgivenessp. 121
11 Dance of Oppositesp. 139
12 Deep Seeingp. 149
13 Union of Science and Spiritualityp. 159
14 Soil, Soul, and Societyp. 167
About the Authorp. 181
A Note about the Publisherp. 182