As life in the 21st century presents its own set of complications, simple living eludes us. But simple living is not just a matter of our externals; it is actually a state of consciousness. We can stay simple, even in the top floor of a five-star motel, if we are driven by right values and priorities. But when we are driven by selfish greed, we miss the joy of simple things such as meaningful relationships. We then try to cope with the emptiness within our hearts through artificial distractions.