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

A common basis for living simply in all the world’s spiritual traditions is expressed in the “golden rule”–the compassionate admonition that we should treat others as we would want ourselves to be treated. It seemed to move around from point to point with no real flow, often repeating the same elgiin. Still, it was very affirming to read that the things I’ve been fulling drawn to lately expressed in this book, and being able to see patterns and trends emerging although that’s also frightening in terms of a global community.


The book covers the tenets of Voluntary Simplicity, which include frugal consumption, ecological awareness and personal growth. Therefore, to act in a voluntary manner is to be aware of ourselves as we move through life. Performance Reviews go wrong: Change is opportunity for growth.


Duane Elgin: “Voluntary Simplicity” – Reviews – Hermitary

So Much Magic around the Garden. There are no discussion topics on this book simpliciity. To live more voluntarily is to live more deliberately, intentionally, and purposefully -in short, it is to live more consciously. All articles with dead external links Articles with dead external links from September Articles with permanently dead external links CS1 maint: I get that everyone needs to form their own path, but if all it means is walking to work, avoiding processed foods, and elgun watching tv This section is too long.

Voluntary Simplicity

It felt very hippie-commune, pie-in-the-sky simplicjty The important piece is to stop living on automatic pilot. It is important to acknowledge these misconceptions so that we can move beyond them.

Jan 14, Anna Hanson rated it really liked it. Finally, there was a lot of mumbo jumbo.

It means singleness of purpose, sincerity and honesty within, as well as avoidance of exterior clutter, of many possessions irrelevant to the chief purpose of life. May 13, Catherine rated it liked it.

I choose to do many of the things Elgin talks about and agree with most of his premises and conclusions but good lord reading about it is DRY.

It involves a deliberate organization of life for a purpose.

What kind of “stewardship” fits our emerging world? It means being direct and honest in relationships of all kinds. I wonder if I read the original edition if I would find more of what I was looking for. The post-World War II “baby boom”generated an unprecedented number of potentially disaffected young people as prospective participants in a rethinking of the direction of American and other democratic societies.


When I finally did read the book, I was blown away by the simplicity and compassion with which Elgin presents slgin idea of Voluntary Simplicity. Be Here Now by Ram Dass published in is one of the first guides for those not born Hindu to becoming a yogi.

Voluntary Simplicity doesn’t mean not buying the television; it means knowing what it is we’re really buying. The very question contradicts the politics he advocates, yet the dilemma remains of how to prompt voluntary simplicity when those who dominate material conditions are blithe to the vluntary notion.

Simplicity is not denial of beauty, as Pablo Picasso, said “Art is the elimination of unnecessary. Acid elgjn from coal burning are damaging forests, farmland and freshwater streams. Consider splitting it into new pages, adding subheadingsor condensing it. I thought duxne things that I could do to connect with my neighbors and to be a part of our small city and our religious community that would also serve my introverted needs for physical space and quiet reflection.

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