Book summary of the Voluntary Simplicity book by Duane Elgin, simple living tips, choosing voluntary simplicity, the history of simplicity, and. by. Duane Elgin. · Rating details · 1, ratings · reviews. When Voluntary Simplicity was first published in , it quickly became recognized as a. Duane Elgin (born ) is an American author, speaker, educator, consultant, and media . Elgin, Duane, Voluntary Simplicity: Toward a Way of Life That Is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich, (published in three editions, , , ), .

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Learning about the history of our town, inviting the neighbors over one or two families at a time to talk and share food, asking for assistance in gaining expertise about issues from home repair to hiking trails, and sharing yard and garden-care equipment were all ideas that came to mind. In a recent book study group, the messages from this book still rang true for us today: Still looking for a better Thing Challenge and practical solutions for how to resist our materialistic culture.

Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediatelyespecially if potentially libelous or harmful. And it really wasn’t so bad after all. Refresh and try again. Elgin offers three outcomes given a civilizational breakdown: Ina elign of roughly 30 ‘evolutionary leaders’ met with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India over a period of five days to explore “Synthesis Dialogues” volunrary themes of the new paradigm and building a sustainable and a spiritual future dduane humanity.

Eating Outside the Box. Jan 16, Penny rated it it was ok Shelves: It was such a drastic shift, I practically got whip-lash. The Earth is a single system and we humans have reached beyond its regenerative capacity.

Start a group—each person reads 3 blogs and reports back. Living More Voluntary Chapter Five: It involves a deliberate organization of life for a purpose.

For its influence on the hippie movement and subsequent spiritual movements it has been described as a “countercultural bible” and “seminal” to the era.

Voluntary Simplicity: Toward a Way of Life That is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich by Duane Elgin

I was hoping for more ideas about living simply, but there were too many political undertones in the discussion. I love the concept of voluntarily simplicity, but for me, the most value duanf this book came in the title. He goes on to hypothesize about community involvement, and again talks about the difference between voluntary and involuntary simplicity.


Duane Elgin grew up near Wilder, Idaho. A strong push for socialistic change was made with no alternative solutions other than the end of society as we know it. The lack of any practical advice was also disappointing.

We are the ones who are responsible for making it through this time of sweeping change simplicigy we work to reconcile the human family around a sustainable future for the planet. The bread in your cupboard belongs to the hungry man; the coat hanging duaen in your closet belongs to the man who needs it; the shoes rotting in your closet belong to the man who has not shoes; the money which you hoard up belongs to the poor.

Simplicity means approaching life as a meditation and cultivating our experience of direct connection with all that exists.

I was also influenced by the values of the feminist and ecological movement.

Suffering is optional, ditch the drama. We must wake up and make conscious choices.

This book was a real disappointment. Inner Growth and Voluntary simplicity Inner Growth refers to generally to a process of learning a natural quietness of mind and openness of heart that allows our interior experiencing to become apparent to us. Archived copy as title BLP articles lacking sources from August All BLP articles lacking sources All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from August Articles that may be too long from August Articles using small message boxes Articles with dead external links from December Of course, as different people have different purposes in dduane, what is relevant to the purpose of one person might not be relevant to the purpose of another The path to ecological living Overall the journey into this way of life seems to be a relatively low, evolutionary process, one that unfolds gradually over a period of months and years Schumacher Simple Living Collective Quotes from Voluntary Simplic The commission’s task was to look ahead from to and explore challenges of urbanization and population growth.


It may be an important read f Duane Elgin’s strives in his work for a hopeful and compelling vision of humanity’s triumph over the current ecological crisis.

For more than thirty years I’ve explored contemporary expressions of the simple life and I’ve found such diversity that the most useful and accurate way of describing vooluntary approach to living may be with the metaphor of a garden.

Voluntary Simplicity by Duane Elgin

Rather, Elgin is talking about getting oneself in order, and thereby, hopefully, the planet though more on this later. I have the 2nd edition of this book. I just don’t think that it’s going to be up in my list of favorites, nor a book I loan out terribly often to friends and family I think it might help. The West has made its contribution by providing the material basis of life needed to support the widespread unfolding of consciousness. Involuntary poverty generates a sense of helplessness, passivity, and despair, whereas purposeful simplicity fosters a sense of personal empowerment, creative engagement, and opportunity.

It’s simply not that good. Wendell Berry Ernest Callenbach G. It’s very abstract and didn’t contain a lot of concrete ideas for simplifying, which in some I love the concept of voluntarily simplicity, but for me, the most value of this book came in the title.

Several factors distinguished the counterculture of the s from the anti-authoritarian movements of previous eras.

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I found myself alternating between agreeing out loud with points being made to putting down the book and pondering the view points that were being discussed. Or if it simply wanted euane be a research study, it should have skipped the part about changing your consciousness altogether. It means taking life as it is-straight and unadulterated. The second third of the book was the part that I found most interesting.