Less is More

Let Go and Let God

Let Go and Let God

The Spirituality of Subtraction

Meister Eckhart said, “The spiritual life has much more to do with subtraction than it does with addition.” All great spirituality is about letting go. But we have grown up with a capitalist worldview, and it has blinded our spiritual seeing. We tend to think at almost every level that more is better, even though, as E. F. Schumacher said years ago, “less is more.”

There is an alternative worldview. There is a worldview in which all of us can succeed. It isn’t a win/lose capitalist worldview where only a few win and most lose. It’s a win/win worldview—if we’re willing to let go and if we’re willing to recognize that this, right here, right now, is enough. This is all I need. But that can only be true if we move to the level of being and away from the levels of doing and acquiring.

True religion is always pointing us toward being. At that level we experience enoughness, abundance, more than enoughness. If we’ve never been introduced to that world, we will of course try to satisfy ourselves with possessions, accomplishments, important initials after our names, fancy cars, beautiful homes—none of which are bad in themselves. They’re only unable to satisfy; and that’s exactly why we need more and more of them. As the Twelve-Steppers say, “We need more and more of what does not work.” If it worked, we would not need more of it!

“Gateway to Silence: Let go and let God.”

Adapted from The Art of Letting Go: Living the Wisdom of Saint Francis
Meditation by: Richard Rohr

9 thoughts on “Less is More

  1. “Less is more.” So true. I think a lot of misery in the world is due to the desire to have more and more and more. There is never satisfaction and contentment as all material things only give a temporary high.

    Will be back later to catch up a bit. 🙂 Happy week.

  2. As the years go by, and my relationship with The Lord grows more intimate, I am learning exactly what you are speaking of.

    Your eyes, ears and heart become more aware of what is truly beautiful. And that kind of beauty is not found in material possessions or cheap, shallow pleasures. It is never found in a an easy substitution to quench a fleeting desire.

    Thanks for sharing these truthful words…May Glod bless your day! Love, Bernadette

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