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Elegant Simplicity
The Art of Living Well
By (author): Satish Kumar Foreword by: Fritjof Capra Narrator: Satish Kumar
9780865719101 Hardcover, Paper over boards English General Trade SELF-HELP / Personal Growth / Happiness Apr 02, 2019
$19.99 CAD
Active 5.85 x 8.8 x 0.75 in | 400 gr 208 pages 100% recycled content FSC certified – recycled C016245 New Society Publishers
 
Foreword INDIE 2019, Short-listed

Consume less and celebrate more for inner peace and ecological integrity



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.

  • Internationally renowned author and speaker
  • Founder and Visiting Fellow of Schumacher College, Devon
  • Editor of Resurgence Magazine from 1973-2016
  • Leading thinker of the Gandhian and environmental movements for over 45 years
  • A source of wisdom and inspiration, this book details the author's ecological and spiritual life philosophy
  • Increasingly people are becoming aware of the environmental and spiritual crisis our culture is facing and are seeking alternative paths; momentum is building toward a turning point
  • The failings of a worldview based on material consumption is becoming more and more difficult to ignore
  • Cultivating a simple life is seen by many as a way to help calm their daily distress and spiritual unease.
  • This book outlines a path of spirituality, simplicity, and sustainability that readers can follow, showing a way to consume less and celebrate more
  • People are becoming increasingly aware that simplicity is urgently needed to protect and care for ourselves and our planet
  • This books shows how a simple life is possible and leads to happiness

Audience
Fans of the author, people who are interested in spirituality, mindfulness, yoga, sustainable living, environment, climate change, simplicity. Readers of Real Simple, Yoga...

International
Author will have completed a speaking tour of Australia. He has a following in Japan, China, Hong Kong, Brazil, Spain and France

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.

"A wonderful manifesto for a life well-lived... like its author, this book is wise, warm, and simply elegan."
— David Orr, Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics Emeritus, Oberlin College

"Satish Kumar's book Elegant Simplicity is the distillation of his lifetime of ideas and actions. It shows the intimate connections between the inner and outer world, soil, soul and society, beauty, joy and non-violence. It indicates that solutions to the big problems of our time — climate change, hate and violence, hopelessness, and despair — lie in thinking and living with elegant simplicity, reducing our ecological footprint while enlarging our hearts and minds."
— Vandana Shiva, activist and author, Earth Democracy and Who Really Feeds the World

"Satish Kumar embodies the elegance of simplicity in his life and his teachings. I have learnt both wisdom and creative solutions from him to complex problems. Follow his path to make your life simple elegant and inspiring."
— Deepak Chopra

"An inspiring explanation of the fruits of simplicity and what living simply involves, by a writer who has experienced what it means to live a simple life."
— Mark Tully, former Bureau Chief of the BBC, New Delhi, journalist and author, No Full Stops in India

"In Elegant Simplicity, Satish Kumar shares extraordinary insights from his incredible life of spiritual activism, teaching, and practical living. A profound and accessible guide to an ecological civilization of peace, material sufficiency, and spiritual abundance for all. A must-read for all who seek an alternative to an economy now driving us to self-extinction."
— David Korten, author, When Corporations Rule the World, The Great Turning, and Change the Story, Change the Future

"There is no one on the planet better-equipped to tackle this project, and his insights will make you think and rethink how you're living and how you might change. Powerful."
— Bill McKibben, author, Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?

"My parents married during the Great Depression, which shaped their values that were passed on to me: "Live within your means," "Save some for tomorrow," "Share, don't be greedy," and "Work hard for the necessities in life, but money does not make you a better or more important person". Those life lessons were swept aside as post-war America chose consumption as the way to economic recovery. When the economy becomes society's goal rather than a means to a higher end, Donald Trump is the ultimate consequence. In this moving and eloquent book, Satish Kumar takes us through his own journey to a simpler, happier life with a low ecological footprint. 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

"Reading Satish Kumar's books is always uplifting! In Elegant Simplicity he distills a life of commitment to positive action and experience into his deep love for the human family and all life on this beautiful, endangered planet. He honors us all at the deepest level by acknowledging the abundance we create when we trust and care for all in our biosphere, practice forgiveness, and enjoy all the simple delights of everyday life. Beyond all sects and ideologies, this book is a benediction."
— Hazel Henderson, author, Creating Alternative Futures, and founder & CEO, Ethical Markets Media

"Weaving vivid stories and lucid wisdom teachings, gentle yet direct, this book is a magnificent embodiment of its title."
— Charles Eisenstein, author, Climate: A New Story

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