Note to Self:

Monday, June 6, 2011

How To Simply Live


The title of this post is a question not a statement, and I pose it mostly to myself. It could easily be rearranged to say How to Live Simply and have the same meaning. To live simply and to simply live are one-in-the-same in my opinion...and I'm still trying to figure out how to do this. I go through phases where I don't think about it that often but I've been currently pondering it again. Because to me--in the spead up techo-world in which we currently reside--this is very difficult at times...to be in the world but not of it (and I often think of this Bible passage). Anyhow I recently read this pdf document titled The Art of Living Simply (click here to download it). I believe it is a synopsis of the book, Voluntary Simplicity, by Duane Elgin...and if you've never read the book and are interested in living simply I highly recommend it. Sometimes I really think that I complicate things in my life that do not need to be complicated; it's in my nature. I'm trying to learn to just be. Anyhow, I found the document interesting and inspiring and thought I'd pass it along...below is the opening paragraph.

Peace.

Simple Living is “living in a way that is outwardly simple and inwardly rich. This way of life embraces frugality of consumption, a strong sense of environmental urgency, and a desire to return to living and working environments which are of a more human scale.” (Duane S. Elgin and Arnold Mitchell)

2 comments:

Carol Barta said...

The article you posted has a reference to Doris Longacre's "Living More With Less." She was a Mennonite woman who wrote about simple living before it became so popular. The 30th Anniversary edition of her book was published last year. I read it in it's first edition and I has had a profound effect on how I have lived and how I raised my kids. Though she died shortly before her book was published, her advice is still great.

She also edited the "More With Less" cookbook that has been updated several times.

Joe said...

Carol, I am familiar with the book and have it somewhere...your comments prompted me to look for it but I've yet to find it. And yes, it is an awesome book. Thanks for reading and commenting.