I commit to live a life of simplicity.
Simplicity of life concerns one’s relationship with the planet, the natural world, other species, and other human beings. It aims to remove much of the clutter and distractions in modern life by discerning the necessary from the unnecessary. Simplicity goes to the core of one’s being, stripping away all the distractions that compete for attention, and requiring one to continually discern the true from the false, the sacred call from the daily distractions. Simplicity of life brings clarity to the world of the new monastic by focusing one’s attention on what really matters, on what one’s life is truly about. It focuses the new monastic to the utter seriousness of the spiritual journey, and relieves them of any crutches they may have relied on previously so that they may become single-minded about their inner experience. The new monastic understands the beauty of a fundamental simplicity of life and the freedom it provides to follow the inspirations of the Spirit and so strives to simplify their life, both outwardly and inwardly.