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Elegant Simplicity : The Art of Living Well

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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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 17.78mm | 258g
  • Gabriola Island, United States
  • English
  • 0865719101
  • 9780865719101
  • 68,036

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Satish Kumar embodies the elegance of simplicity...follow his path to make your life simple, elegant, and inspiring. DEEPAK CHOPRA, author, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

Weaving vivid stories and lucid wisdom teachings, gentle yet direct, this book is a magnificent embodiment of its title. CHARLES EISENSTEIN, author, The More Beautiful World Our Heart Knows is Possible

Elegant Simplicity provides a coherent philosophy of life that weaves together simplicity of material life, thought, and spirit. In it, Satish Kumar 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 Merging science and spirituality for a coherent worldview.

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

In a time of lavish consumerism, loneliness, and alienation, Kumar's message is an uplifting gift that is a welcome antidote. DAVID SUZUKI, award-winning geneticist, author, broadcaster, and environmental activist

Satish Kumar shows that solutions to the big problems of our time lie in thinking and living with elegant simplicity. VANDANA SHIVA, activist and author, Earth Democracy and Who Really Feeds the World

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.
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Table of contents

Gratitude and Thanks
Foreword by Fritjof Capra

Preface: Let's Be Simple
1. My Story: Beginnings
2. Simplicity of Walking
3. Life Is a Pilgrimage
4. Elegant Simplicity
5. A Society of Artists
6. Yoga of Action
7. Learning and Living
8. Right Relationships: We Are All Related
9. Love Unlimited
10. Power of Forgiveness
11. Dance of Opposites
12. Deep Seeing
13. Union of Science and Spirituality
14. Soil, Soul, and Society

About the Author
A Note About the Publisher
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About Satish Kumar

Satish Kumar , long-time peace and environment activist and former monk, has been quietly setting the global agenda of change for over 50 years. He settled in the United Kingdom after an 8,000-mile peace pilgrimage and took the editorial helm of Resurgence magazine in 1973, a post he held until 2016. Over the decades he has been the guiding spirit behind a number of internationally respected ecological and educational ventures including founding Devon's Schumacher College, authoring several books, and presented the documentary Earth Pilgrim . Satish was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Education from the University of Plymouth, an Honorary Doctorate in Literature from the University of Lancaster, and the Jamnalal Bajaj International Award for Promoting Gandhian Values Abroad. He appears regularly in the media, is on the Advisory Board of Our Future Planet, and he continues to teach and run workshops as a sought-after speaker in the UK and abroad. He lives in Devon, UK.
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