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The Hidden Door: Mindful Sufficiency as an Alternative to Extinction

I am honoured to announce the publication of Mark Burch’s new book, The Hidden Door: Mindful Sufficiency as an Alternative to Extinction, available here. Published proudly by the Simplicity Institute, this text brings together some of Mark’s finest essays of recent years, and includes a new introduction. A deep yet accessible book, here’s the blurb:

Many people sense that consumer culture is dragging us toward extinction. We feel trapped in a cell of our own making. If humanity is to have any sort of future worth living in, we must discover an exit from our confinement. There is a door, hidden in plain sight. 

What sort of culture might appear if we took seriously the essential values and principles that form the deep structure of voluntary simplicity and used them to inform a new perspective of the good life? Might we discover an exit from the confining cell of consumer culture? Can we find the passage leading beyond individual lifestyle choice to cultural renaissance? This book aims to help seed this renaissance by widening the conversation about how we transition from the road to extinction to a path with heart that has a future.

As well as bringing this new book to your attention, I’d also like to bring your attention to one of the best of Mark’s earlier books, Stepping Lightly: Simplicity for People and Planet, which is available here.

2 Responses to “The Hidden Door: Mindful Sufficiency as an Alternative to Extinction”

  1. Ted G. says:

    Wonderful! Keep up the inspiration. The key to simplicity is mindfulness and knowing that there is an alternative to consumer culture.

    By the way, what crazy weather lately! In the Philippines and flooding in the Middle East (Saudi Arabia I think) as well.

    Your simple ally in Cambodia, Ted (from USA)

  2. SJ says:

    Mark Burch’s Essay, Mindfullness: A doorway to simple living, is probably the most profound single work, I have ever read. It condenses and crystalises a universe of knowledge and ideas into one brief essay. You can learn it in an hour and keep learning it in a life time. Can there be more to learn from his book? I think it is worth finding out. It is great gift, the insight that Mark gives us.

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