I just wrapped up the book Voluntary Simplicity by Duane Elgin. It was encouraging to see that Elgin intentionally describes "voluntary simplicity" in many different ways: Because a concern for ecological sustainability is so widely shared, there are many ways of describing more sustainable and meaningful ways of living. There is no special virtue to the phrase 'voluntary simplicity.' Because this is a leaderless revolution in living, people are inventing as they go—including inventing words … [Read more...]
Slow Living Blog Posts
Articles about slow living tips, slow living books, a slow lifestyle, the slow movement, how to slow down, and more.
Carl Honoré is one of the leaders of the slow living movement. You can see what inspired his transformation to slow living here. He's known for his international bestseller, In Praise of Slow, and I greatly appreciate the global worldview he brings to his writing. The book is really about the universal lessons of problem solving more than slow living. It just so happens that a slow fix is a better way to solve problems than a quick fix. It's jam-packed with case studies, interesting … [Read more...]
I first read about the Zen Buddhism Five Reflections in the book Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism by Fumio Sasaki. This post highlights three different translations. Choose your favorite! The Zen Buddhism Five Reflections chant, Gokan no Ge Here's the version from Goodbye, Things: Reflect upon how the food has come before you—how the food might have been grown, how it was prepared, and how it was brought to you as your meal. Reflect upon your virtues and … [Read more...]
"The Island Where People Forget to Die" — That's the title of The New York Times article I came across during my existential crisis in 2015. I was searching through some emails recently and came across an email I sent to my dad in early 2016. Here's exactly what I sent him: I would say Ikarians (from the Blue Zones) are the most sane humans on the planet. Long healthy life, minimal impact on the planet, meaningful relationships ("us" vs. "me"), plant-based diets, drink wine and tea with … [Read more...]
I just completed the deepest dive into slow living that I've ever conducted. I combed the internet, read hundreds of articles, watched tons of videos, and checked out all the books, blogs, forums, and podcasts. This 3-part post series is intended to give you all the highlights and help you get started with slow living. If you already have a basic understanding of slow living, feel free to jump ahead to the next posts in the series: Slow Living 201: A Deep Dive into Slow Living & The … [Read more...]