Simple living is gaining momentum in the United States. Thousands of Americans are turning away from the emptiness of materialism and toward voluntary simplicity. As responsible citizens, we are discovering that there is so much more to life than the pursuit of money. We are turning away from competition and toward community. We are looking for a New American Dream that is fulfilling and sustainable.
“It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.” – Henry David Thoreau
Over the course of our years together, Barbara and I have chosen simple living as a way to find happiness, financial stability, and meaning in our lives. The rewards of simplicity have far exceeded our expectations. The more we practice
the art of simplifying our lives, the more we enjoy living every day.
Our first steps toward a life of simplicity began more than twenty years ago when we left a stress-filled rat race dedicated to the accumulation of money and possessions and began to simplify our lives. For guidance, we turned to advocates of simplicity such as Wendell Berry, David Thoreau, Thich Nhat Hanh, Eckhart Tolle, Jon Kabat-Zinn, and many others for help. We read books on DIY (do-it-yourself) building, sustainable living, gentle spirituality, self-reliance, and homesteading. Since then our practice of voluntary simplicity has led us to our New American Dream.
As we share our experiences and the voices of the many authors and thinkers that led us to make a change, we hope you will find your own path to Simple Living and learn to enjoy each day in peace and joy.
"Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole
world belongs to you." – Lao Tzu
Each of these internal links offers tips, guides, suggestions, and examples for establishing a life that is simple and joyful.
“You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.” – Vernon Howard
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