We should pause to consider what we mean by „simple living“ or „voluntary simplicity“. The concept of simple living carries with it numerous myths and misconceptions. Perhaps the biggest misconception is that simple living is the same as easy living. Often, it is far from easy. Another common misconception is that simple living involves depriving oneself of the material benefits of modern life. Deprivation is not a part of the true meaning of simplicity. Voluntary is a key element of the philosophy of simple living. Living without adequate food, shelter, clothing and medical care is not simple living. Nor is it voluntary simplicity; it is unvoluntary poverty.
The term simple living truely is a misnomer. More descriptive terms might include „mindful living“ or „intentional living“, terms that are neutral on the issue of whether more is better or less is more. […]
My best shot at a definition of simple living would go something like this:
Simple living or voluntary simplicity are lifelong processes in which we turn loose of the quest for more wealth, status and power in favor of an authentic life of inner peace and fulfillment.
Dem ganzen Buch zugrunde liegt die Frage, ob mensch Glück ausschließlich über materiellen Überfluß zu finden glaubt, beziehungsweise, welchen Preis wir für die einseitige Ausrichtung unserer Leben auf die materielle Komponente bezahlen müssen.
Für alle, die dieses Buch nicht lesen wollen oder können, gibt es die folgende „Prescription for a Simple Life“:
- Don’t let any material thing come into your home unless you absolutely love it and want to keep it for the rest of your life or until it is beyond repair.
- Live in a home with only those rooms that you or someone in your family use every day.
- Select a home and place of work no more than 30 minutes away from each other.
- Limit your work (outside of the home) to 30 hours a week, 20 if you are a parent.
- Spend at least an hour a week in a natural setting, away from crowds of people, traffic and buildings. Three to four hours of nature time each week is even better.
- Take three to four months off every few years and go live in some different place, preferably a foreign country.
- Practice saying no. Say no to those things that don’t bring you inner peace and fulfillment, whether it be more things, more career responsibility, or more social activities.
- Do whatever you need to do to connect with a sense of spirit in your life. whether it be prayer, religious service, meditation, spiritually-related reading, or walking in nature.
- Seek the support of others who want to simplify their lives.
- Write in a journal daily, or almost daily.
Was wir alle haben, ist die Freiheit uns zu entscheiden – wofür, liegt an uns!
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