By Michael Jessen
The recent publicity regarding Buy Nothing Day sparked some telephone calls on the subject of simple living.
Voluntary simplicity or simple living is often misinterpreted as the desire to go about in hair shirts. Simple living has nothing to do with deprivation and poverty.
Duane Elgin, author of "Voluntary Simplicity" (revised edition 1993) writes: "The intention of this way of life is not to dogmatically live with less. It a more demanding intention of living with balance. This is a middle way that moves between the extremes of poverty and indulgence."
Seattle's New Road Map Foundation has published a directory of organizations and leaders involved in the movement to reduce overconsumption.
It has over 150 listings. The co-founder is Vicki Robin, author with Joe Dominguez of "Your Money or Your Life", THE book for people wanting to downshift their lives. The foundation is at Box 15981, Seattle, WA 98115.
The Simple Living Journal promotes and supports the joy of simple living. It is available for $17 Canadian subscription by writing to Janet Luhrs, 2319 North 45th Street, Seattle, WA 98103.
The Tightwad Gazette is a monthly newsletter promoting thrift as a viable alternative lifestyle. It is available by writing RR 1, Box 3570, Leeds, ME 04263-9710.
If you have an internet connection, the Simple Living Network web site is at http://www.slnet.com and offers lots of resources and services.
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