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4 Misconceptions About the Simple Life

It is important to recognize inaccurate stereotypes about the simple life because they make it seem impractical and ill suited for responding to increasingly critical breakdowns in world systems. Four misconceptions about the simple life are so common they deserve special attention. These are equating simplicity with: poverty, moving back to the land, living without beauty and economic stagnation.


  1. Simplicity Means Poverty Although some spiritual…

Posted on August 28, 2011 at 9:31am

8 Expressions of Simplicity for Healthy Living

To portray the richness of simplicity as a theme for healthy living, here are eight different flowerings that I see growing consciously in the “garden of simplicity.” Although there is overlap among them, each expression of simplicity seems sufficiently distinct to warrant a separate category. These are presented in no particular order, as all are important.

  1. Uncluttered Simplicity. Simplicity means taking charge of lives that are too busy, too stressed and too…

Posted on August 15, 2011 at 2:58pm

Take Back the Airwaves!

Although many recognize that individuals can be conscious of themselves, we seldom consider whether a whole society can be conscious of itself. Certainly at moments of great tragedy or great triumph there seems to be a capacity for millions of autonomous individuals to awaken to a collective consciousness. For example, when John F. Kennedy was assassinated, an entire nation went into mourning and for several days, collectively acknowledged the passing of their leader. Another moment of…


Posted on July 29, 2011 at 4:16pm

Can Television Help Awaken a Healthy World?

Many people are aware of a mind-body connection when it comes to their personal health, but few apply this important wisdom to our mind-body health as a society. Just as mental habits impact the physical health of individuals, our collective mental habits -- manifested through the mass media -- impact every aspect of our social health.


The mass media -- particularly television -- offers the most direct and visible expression of our social mind or collective mental…


Posted on July 22, 2011 at 6:24pm

How Spiritual Wisdom Encourages Us to Be Simple

The wisdom of simplicity is a theme with deep roots. The great value and benefits of living simply are found in all the world's major wisdom traditions.


Christian Views

Jesus embodied a life of compassionate simplicity. He taught by word and example that we should not make the acquisition of material possessions our primary aim; instead, we should develop our capacity for loving participation in life. The Bible speaks frequently about the need to find…


Posted on July 13, 2011 at 12:16pm

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At 9:48pm on July 20, 2009, mary rose said…
Duane - I am working with the Hearts of Fire Project which is a 501(c)3 project started by Bob Ballard. This is a project oriented toward the homeless. We have a group here on AOAND and i am wondering if you would join the discussion we are having as i would like to direct it toward voluntary simplicity as a solution to the cause of homelessness. We want to move this into a national project and begin integrating the homeless back into society but living a different lifestyle. Since they have already lost everything, they have nothing to lose and we see the "new homeless" as being the leaders of a new paradigm.
At 9:58am on March 4, 2009, linda wosskow said…
hi Duane.. I am new on the site and am looking at members and see you are from Novato..... how do you like being on the site?


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