"Voluntary simplicity means going fewer places in one day rather than more, seeing less so I can see more, doing less so I can do more, acquiring less so I can have more."– Jon Kabat-Zinn in Wherever You Go There You Are

July 12 is Simplicity Day in honor of Henry David Thoreau's birthday. Voluntary simplicity is a not a new concept. In fact it speaks to ancient wisdom that our societies seem to have lost in modern times. Choosing to live a life of simplicity is not about choosing to live in poverty; it is about living in balance. Based on three key elements - ecological awareness, frugal consumption and personal growth, voluntary simplicity is helping people change their lives and collectively helping to create a better world. Henry David Thoreau lived these principles.

Take time to smell the flowers, to breathe deeply, to enjoy your fingers and toes.

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