Simplicity and "Deliberate Living"

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Simplicity and "Deliberate Living"

A group for discussing simplicity and "deliberate living" as highlighted by the likes of Thoreau.
For those of us who want to "live deep and suck the marrow out of life", and "put to rest all that is not life".

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...I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only
the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to
teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did
not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish
to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to
live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and
Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad
swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its
lowest terms
...

From Walden by Henry David Thoreau

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What is simple and deliberate living?

Started by t-train. Last reply by Michael H. May 19, 2014. 19 Replies

Forgive me if this seems like an obvious question, but I looked through the discussions and found none that really defined the "simple life."  Anyone care to share their view or definition?

Embracing Deliberate Living, when the family may not.

Started by Native Son. Last reply by John Dec 20, 2013. 16 Replies

Any thoughts on how to embrace simplicity and live deliberately when the family may not agree with the concept?Most of what I've seen on embracing simplicity or living deliberately seems to revolve…Continue

Tags: family, living, deliberate

Could You Do It?

Started by Peter O'Reilly. Last reply by Nathan Metzner Dec 3, 2013. 19 Replies

So I just finished reading Walden or Life In The Woods, and it got me thinking.  Could you essentially do what Thoreau did at some point in your life.  Lets say within the next five years (or explain…Continue

Is now the time to "Simplify, simplify, simplify"?

Started by Native Son. Last reply by Rhubarb Dec 1, 2011. 15 Replies

Since we still seem to be in economic "deep doo-doo

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Comment by Dave Amata on April 4, 2013 at 6:19am

Until about 2 months ago, we had the luck to be homeless for about 7 months. This taught me a great deal about simplicity and what is really important in Life, and I was surprised by some of the things I learned in the process. 

Comment by Steve G on December 17, 2012 at 11:41am

Hi All, my name’s Steve and I’m new to the group but not to Simplicity. I started a journey with my family towards Minimalism 8 months ago. Still in the decluttering phase but hope to start freeing up the time commitments too. My goal is to focus more on the things that matter to me and my family, to what’s truly important to us. My favorite quote, because it speaks to why I started, is "The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak" Hans Hoffman.

Comment by Native Son on November 6, 2011 at 11:30am
Been living deliberately this year.  Once again realized the essentially selfish truth of Bacon's comment on how having a family means you've yielded "hostages to fortune'.
Comment by Native Son on October 31, 2011 at 8:48am
I'm intrigued by the mnmlist.  Anyone who promises to post only when there's something worth posting deserves a look.  (Although anyone with 7 children has got to have his life choreographed by Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey.)
Comment by Frank on September 22, 2011 at 10:43am

If anyone is interested I've found a number of blogs of interest:

Rowdy Kittens: Actaully written by a woman by the name of Tammy Strobel living in Portland, Oregon. Tammy and her husband live in a small apartment (the main room serves as liivng room and bedroom, they also have a single bathroom, and a kitchen that also serves as Tammy's office during the day).

 

http://rowdykittens.com/

 

mnmlist/zenhabits: Run by Leo Babauta (I think I got that right) mnmlist is purely focused on minimalist living, and Leo has a rather interesting viewpoint, as he and his wife live a minimalist life in San Francisco WITH SEVEN KIDS. Zenhabits has a more general focus on simple living, including minimalism, habit building, and various other subjects.

 

http://mnmlist.com/

 

http://zenhabits.net/

Comment by Rhubarb on January 31, 2011 at 4:49pm
In my home state there's a ton of abandoned sinkholes and mining camps, and you can find some of the best free antiques in these old 'garbage' dumps.
Comment by Native Son on January 28, 2011 at 7:24pm

If you've read The Virginian, you'll know that a pile of rusted food cans near a water hole used to be considered a sign of civilization's progress!

Just one note though, on garbage.  Excavation of middens (or what we call a landfill) has been one of archeology's major tools.  Seems folks used to overload the townsite with trash, then come back and build on top of the trash pile a few decades or centuries later.

Comment by Rhubarb on January 28, 2011 at 2:50pm
t-train, the evoluntion of garbage is fascinating!
Comment by t-train on January 28, 2011 at 2:18pm
This was something interesting I read for history class: apparantly, the garage can is a recent invention.  Before the Industrial Revolution and everyone moved to the city, people mostly lived on the land and used damn near everything.  When cities grew, goods began to be packaged, not in bulk, but for individual consumers, thus producing lots of waste.  I know lots of you know this already, but the whole idea of the garbage can being a recent invention really shook me up.
Comment by Rhubarb on January 25, 2011 at 3:19pm
Not as excited about Bob Greene but two of Oprah's 'proteges' that I do like are Peter Walsh and the team of Drs. Oz & Roizen, although they were all well known before she made they more famous. All have good advice and I can appreciate all the hard work they encourage folks to do.
 

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