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The Benefits and Virtues of Voluntary Simplicity

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11/15/2017 1:19:20 AM

I like living clutter-free. :)
11/8/2017 9:19:37 AM

I read quite a few voluntary simplicity books as part of a class & really took to the idea. I try to live this way as much as possible, especially on a fixed income.
10/20/2017 8:28:53 AM

DEBIGENE's SparkPage
WOW, I had no idea the way I was living had a name. I have never been happier in my life.
3/27/2017 8:41:33 AM

So true...I moved towards a life of simplicity myself. I donated a lot of things I didn't need to charity. I even donated things that part of me felt a need to hold on to but, since I didn't truly need it, I donated so tha someone else could experience the joy of owning it. We can't take anything with when we die. So, don't allow possessions to anchor you to an unfulfilling life. Live life while you have a life to live!
11/13/2016 10:30:22 AM

ARRO-YO's SparkPage
It has been a long journey spanning thirteen years, but my family of four bought land, moved into a 400 square foot cabin and started building a house with our own hands. We paid as we went working on the land and house on weekends and evenings. The first year we did all our cooking outside and washed clothes by hand. Our milk products all came from our goats and we raised chickens, too. Suffice it to say simple isn't easy.

We have gradually added back some "luxuries" but have continued to do most of our labor manually. Last weekend we over seeded our pasture with 200 lbs of winter wheat and rye by hand. I enjoyed the sun on my face and felt like lady bountiful flinging seeds and imagining my goats enjoying the fresh green growth in the dead of winter. Life is an adventure!

11/13/2016 7:43:33 AM

REJ7777's SparkPage
I plan to re-read this article several times so that I can integrate the wise recommendations into my life!
11/13/2016 1:24:00 AM

I had moved from the east coast to the mid west. I didn't hardly take anything with me. I was also in between living in a place "for just now" and a place I really wanted so I didn't want to accumulate anything I didn't absolutely need. It's AMAZING how many things we can easily live without !! I did end up moving back to the east coast to the area I was born. Again in the moving back from the mid west to the east coast,,,, I didn't pack much, hey I didn't have much. Than it was again taking a place until I could get into a place I really wanted. I've been here now for 3 years and about to move to a unit in the building I prefer. So I have had most things packed up. AMAZING how FAST things build up !!

Living a simpler life style is MUCH more freeing !
4/11/2016 7:20:12 AM

WAYLADY's SparkPage
This was an excellent article, and very timely for me. Very affirming, and although I did not read all the many responses, I found them to also be very positive and helpful. Many of us have come to a simpler life not out of choice but because something happened, and I was interested to see how people were able to adapt to make something better, and many have found a strong spirituality as a result.
2/20/2016 4:24:25 PM

Thank you for the Birthday Greetings and for this article on Voluntary Simplicity. I especially like this term. A few years ago when I was struggling with a divorce, change of career, and having the youngest one leave home and start her life I was overwhelmed with the choices. A dear friend gave me a copy of a book called "God on a Harley". It has the most profound impact on my life. I did start over, and keeping it simple became my mantra. I love the simple life. How we define that depends on the person, but I feel I do it very well for me.
Bless you!
1/29/2016 6:44:11 AM

This is the way I am attempting to live. I don't think I've ever seen it expressed so eloquently as I have here, but then Coach Dean is one of my favorite SparkPeople coaches/writers. All of his articles are worth reading! Thank you for populating my "Favorites"!
11/18/2015 11:37:56 AM

STONE815's SparkPage
Very good article. This is something I am working toward since I retired.
10/15/2015 7:05:03 PM

What a terrific article from one of Spark's finest coaches! I've found there's so much peace and satisfaction to be gained by relinquishing the role of a "stuffologist" ;) It's easier on the earth, too!
10/5/2015 5:54:22 AM

Enjoyed this article very much.
8/17/2015 8:18:13 AM

Very good article. I too, had to learn the hard way. I had lost my job a couple of years ago and I was totally unprepared. In the beginning, living simply was not a choice, it was just the way it was. But after a few weeks, I gradually learned I did not need all of the things I wanted. I found the difference between the meaning of wanting and of needing. Today I am thriving and doing well. My life is a testament in how God provides and how to trust in Him completely. Letting go of me and holding onto Him.
7/28/2015 4:54:19 AM

Simplicity started out involuntarily for me, when I had to stop working because of a chronic disease. I still have some income, but it's a bare minimum. I came to like the simple life pretty soon. Fortunately, I don't own a house so no mortgage, I live in a reasonably cheap apartment. I don't own a car and don't need one - do everything by bike and if it's too far by train. I don't go on holidays anymore, and am always on the search for free or cheap things, free or low budget courses (I love learning), second hand clothes and furniture (or I make them myself). Don't have cable anymore, if I really want to watch things I can always find them online. Started gardening on my very small patch of ground. Stopped buying books but get them from the library now. I enjoy my relatively simple life (which is, compared to life in really poor countries, still quite luxurious).
Only thing I miss is being able to give my son some extra money so he has to take a considerable student loan, and perhaps taking more classes.

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