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For some millennials, minimalism is the path to happiness

Globe & Mail / Brenda Bouw / 06 July 2017

Minimalism is striking a chord among millennials, many of who have grown up watching their parents work hard to buy stuff that isn’t making them happy, says Ryan Nicodemus, 35, the author, speaker, podcaster and filmmaker – along with childhood friend Joshua Fields Millburn – behind The Minimalists.

While millennials are sometimes stereotyped as being lazy and self-absorbed, many are simply rejecting societal norms around work and consumerism. Mr. Nicodemus says consumers have been sold “the American dream,” through advertising – that they’ll be happier with the right car, clothes and gadgets.

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Voluntary simplicity: Resources

Transition Brockville / 05 May 2017

Here are resources — websites, books and videos — mentioned by TB Steering Committee member Christine Stesky in her presentation and discussion on voluntary simplicity on Sunday, April 23.

  • The Simplicity Collective

    Voluntary simplicity, or simple living, is a way of life that rejects the high-consumption, materialistic lifestyles of consumer cultures and affirms what is often just called ‘the simple life’ or ‘downshifting.’ The rejection of consumerism arises from the recognition that ordinary Western-style consumption habits are degrading the planet; that lives of high consumption are unethical in a world of great human need; and that the meaning of life does not and cannot consist in the consumption or accumulation of material things.

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Voluntary Simplicity, followed by a party

Transition Brockville / 11 April 2017

A vacation from our high-tech, high-pressure lives is always welcome. But what if we could make that freedom and contentment with life permanent, instead of returning to the rat race after a one- or two-week escape?

An alternative way of living, called Voluntary Simplicity – or sometimes the Simpler Way – will be discussed at the next Transition Brockville presentation on Sunday, April 23, 2 p.m., at the Brockville Public Library.

Chris Stesky, a member of the Transition Brockville steering committee, will introduce the concept, offer some insights from her experience, and invite the audience to share stories from their own journey toward a simpler life.

Following the discussion, everyone is invited to a celebrate Transition Brockville’s 10th anniversary. There will be a look back at the group’s history, appreciation of those who have contributed over the years, and a delicious cake and treats.

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Can living with less make you happier?

The Guardian / Fumio Sasaki / 12 April 2017

Minimalism is a lifestyle in which you reduce your possessions to the least possible. Living with only the bare essentials has not only provided superficial benefits such as the pleasure of a tidy room or the simple ease of cleaning, it has also led to a more fundamental shift. It’s given me a chance to think about what it really means to be happy.

We think that the more we have, the happier we will be. We never know what tomorrow might bring, so we collect and save as much as we can. This means we need a lot of money, so we gradually start judging people by how much money they have. You convince yourself that you need to make a lot of money so you don’t miss out on success. And for you to make money, you need everyone else to spend their money. And so it goes.

So I said goodbye to a lot of things, many of which I’d had for years. And yet now I live each day with a happier spirit. I feel more content now than I ever did in the past.

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Earthship 101 slides available

Transition Brockville / 28 January 2016

Earthship 101Our guest speaker from last Sunday, Agata Bedynski, has kindly made her slide set available. She writes:

I’d like to say to all of you folks on the Transition Brockville steering committee — my heart feels so much warmth and empathy for you — you are doing a wonderful job of informing those around you about a better way to live on the Earth. So much respect goes out to you for your work and dedication, even though at times I can imagine that you put in a lot more than you may see coming back to you. Such is the nature of this work, but I know your hearts are telling you to do it, and there are those out here that recognize your input to making life on this planet more sustainable, rational and humble. In the end you are doing something positive and creative in putting forth solutions to our worldly problems– all of your energy and time has a payoff, even if you don’t always see results immediately. I love what your group is doing in your local area. Thank you for your good work!

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How to change the world in 3 easy steps

Insurge Intelligence / Nafeez Ahmed / 23 December 2016

Start with youThe fact is, as individuals, neither of us has the power to change the entire world. And that’s okay. We need to accept that, and focus on what we can change, rather than obsessing over what we can’t, which is precisely an egoistic symptom of the prevailing paradigm.

So there you have it, three easy steps to changing the world:

  1. Start with you
  2. Continue with those around you
  3. Create something new

Then, as an integral part of creating something new: encourage each of those around you, working with you, to adopt and pass on the message of these three simple steps.

Imagine a world where each of us did this.

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