Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Voluntary Simplicity: Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich

Lately, it seems that there are several recurring themes in the quest to live a fuller, more purpose-driven life AND be kind to Mother Earth at the same time by being less materialistic and less "stuff-focused."  One of these themes is Voluntary Simplicity.  It can be described many ways-- frugal, authentic, minimalist, and a whole host of other adjectives that fall under the umbrella of taking "eco-steps" to living better, being happier and helping the environment.  And while many may think that choosing to live a simpler, less complicated life means "giving up" or "going without," there is plenty of evidence out there to support the exact opposite.  

As quoted in Mother Earth News: 
The following is an excerpt from Voluntary Simplicity by Duane Elgin (HarperCollins Publishers,  2010). Hailed by the Wall Street Journal as the “bible” of the simplicity movement, Elgin’s hopeful, artistic manifesto challenges misconceptions about simplistic living, proving that simplicity leads to balance and happiness, not to regression and poverty. This excerpt is from Chapter 4, “Living Simply.”

I read this exerpt and thought it was excellent so I am passing it along to you.  I hope you enjoy it.

Voluntary Simplicity: Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich

"Simplicity is not about a life of poverty, but a life of purpose. By embracing an existence characterized by ecological awareness, frugal consumption and personal growth, we can change our lives — and, in the process, change the world."

So if you read this (and I highly recommend it), and you want to learn more, here are a few links from my post "Wanna Have More?  Use Less"

You can also check out their books as well (see sidebar).

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