• happiness,  health,  simple living,  social responsibility,  voluntary simplicity,  want to life

    Voluntary Simplicity – a philosophical review

    The Moral and Ethical Weight of Voluntary Simplicity By resisting the consumerist impulses to needlessly upgrade and acquire, many of us can save ourselves from financial stress due to over-commitment and debt, while simultaneously freeing up time and money we can spend on non-material pleasures such as time with friends and family, as well as in pursuit of personal passions, projects, and goals. Samuel Alexander and Jacob Garrett recently published a new report for the Simplicity Institute. (Download it HERE.) As a longtime adherent of simple living, I found their philosophical discussion enlightening. I chose voluntary simplicity because it makes life easier and more pleasant. Living simply reduces the amount…

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  • books,  christianity,  voluntary simplicity

    Review: Sabbath as resistance by Brueggemann

    In Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the CULTURE OF NOW, Walter Brueggemann frames the fourth commandment as the most urgent commandment today. He uses the fourth commandment as a vantage point to look back at the first three and forward to the last six. In his analysis, the commandment to rest on the seventh day and to allow all others to rest (your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns Exodus 20), reflects the need for neighborliness over the need to constantly acquire. Rest represents the overarching command to love others. Brueggemann works through chapters two through five…

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  • business,  decisions,  entrepreneurs,  multitasking,  productivity,  this-n-that,  voluntary simplicity,  women in business

    5 ways to get more of what you want done

    I was looking at my calendar today and it occurred to me that there are some tasks I assign myself that I really don’t want to do. You could call it simple procrastination, but I began to wonder why we all sometimes willingly take on projects that really don’t thrill us; consequently, we end up procrastinating or simply defaulting on the task. I’ve come up with five reasons I believe that I (and probably you) do this and some ways to overcome these obstacles to personal productivity and fulfillment. The problem: Feelings of inadequacy. This may be especially common if it’s a task that requires us to stretch our abilities.…

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  • simple living,  sustainable living,  voluntary simplicity

    Simplicity = Abundance

    I was talking with a friend about how the downturn in the stock market was impacting people who have built up wealth mainly via relying on their (seemingly) every-growing portfolio of investments. I commented that people who choose to live simply are essentially unaffected by such a troubling market. Choosing a life a voluntary simplicity means you’ve already chosen to live humbly below your means. You don’t rely on phantom dollars. You rely on concrete calculations of income and expenditures. Your income is diversified and so are your savings. And lo and behold on the heels of this conversation I find this article in the 2009 March-April Simple Living News:…

  • frugal living,  voluntary simplicity

    Important Definitions

    Frugal – economical in use or expenditure; prudently saving or sparing; not wastefulVoluntary Simplicity – a lifestyle that is less pressured due to a focus away from accumulation of goods and more toward non-material aspects of life I recently unsubbed from a Yahoo! group whose purpose was to discuss frugal living specifically for people who don’t have children at home. It started out a good group. Unfortunately, one particular member hijacked the group and turned it into a whine-fest about lack of funds and how expensive everything is getting. I’m just not interested in that sort of negative discussion. I believe in being frugal and I believe in voluntary simplicity…