Life can be exciting, stimulating, fast-moving – and stressful. When we start to slow down, something magical happens. We suddenly discover riches – treasures that were there all the time, but we were too busy or too pre-occupied to notice them. A simpler, slower-paced life provides time and space for creativity, for community, for participation, for quality, and for the awareness and enjoyment of the natural world. When we simplify our lives we actually have more, not less. But the riches we discover are subtler, and ultimately more satisfying, than the noisy, vibrant and multi-coloured riches that predominate in modern life.

George Moore wrote that “A man travels the world over in search of what he needs, and returns home to find it”. Modern life is like travelling away from ourselves, seeking meaning in the commodities and entertainments that are provided for us by commerce. Simplifying life is like coming home to ourselves and knowing, for the first time, that we already have everything that we need, here and now.