A life of simplicity has an easy path. Enter by the gate called, “Stop Shopping.” Imagine the amount of time, energy and money you would save by not shopping so much. You might save enough time and energy to enter the gate called, “Downsize.”
Gather up all the clothes and other stuff that you hardly ever use and give it away. There might be a homeless shelter or rescue mission in your town that would take it off your hands and give it to people who have next to nothing. Then you might carve out a prayer room from all the empty space you have created.
You’ll be well on your way to the gate called, “Quiet.” On your way there, watch less television. You won’t miss all the commercials, I promise. Enter the Quiet gate and find rest for your soul. Just enjoy being still. You might even find time for listening to the still small voice of God.
Calvin Wulf is a writer, spiritual director, and retreat facilitator who lives in Colorado with his wife Lisa. He has a passion for Christian spiritual formation drawing from the ancient spiritual traditions of the Apostles, and Christian sages through the ages. He is also a vowed oblate of the contemplative monastic Order of Julian of Norwich.
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