is the right ordering of our lives, placing God at the
center. When we shed possessions, activities, and behavior that
distract us from that center, we can focus on what is important.
Simplicity does not mean denying life’s pleasures, but being
the promptings of the Spirit.We Friends seek to take no more than
our share and to be sensitive to the needs of others, especially future
Friends believed that the rituals and elaborate ceremony of
the church were distractions from true religious experience. Seeking
to emphasize substance rather than form, they gathered to worship
simply in silence. To this day Friends in unprogrammed Meetings
worship without outward sacraments.
a simple life requires discipline and resolve to avoid
getting lost in worldly distractions or undertaking too many activities,
even in the service of good causes.When Friends truly practice
simplicity, their lives and homes are orderly and they find time
prayer and service.
earlier times, and in their concern to avoid frivolity, Friends
devalued art and music. Later Friends recognized that music and art
can enrich life in the Light. Simplicity need not entail meagerness
crudeness. A simple rendering of speech, writing, or artifacts often
enhances that which is genuine and unmasks that which is not.