Today I'm writing about one of my favourite hobbies, which is deeply connected to my philosophy of life. For the past few years, I've been facilitator for a number of Voluntary Simplicity Study Circles in Edmonton, and it's been a lot of fun. Basically, I've gathered anyone interested, and we've studied the crazy complexities of our consumption-oriented society, and come up with ways to live more satisfying, peaceful and sustainable lives. What's really great is that rather than feeling hopeless about the state of our planet, we are connecting with like minded-people who empower each other to walk more lightly on the earth so that future generations can enjoy its beauty and abundance.
Voluntary Simplicity is about less obsession with making a living and more leisure; less debt and more freedom; less pollution and noise leading to more harmony with nature; and less hurry, clutter, and stress coupled with a more mindful, self-reliant and appreciative approach to life. If you're in the Edmonton area, and if you're interested in sharing ideas about and strategies for living more simply and sustainably, please bring your community league membership and
If you're reading this blog from far away, you might have to do a little research to find your nearest Simplicity Study Circle, or start your own using resources from your public library. If you're really keen on this idea and keep running up against walls, send me an email, and I'll do what I can to help, because spreading the message of Voluntary Simplicity is my passion.
Even if you aren't the kind of person who wants to lead a circle, just reading through books about Simple Living is a great way to get ideas about how to live more simply and sustainably. Why not give it a try?
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