Re: Simplicity is about letting go
From: Chris ScottHanson (
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2006 10:45:03 -0800 (PST)
In my view...

Voluntary Simplicity is about letting go. Community is about letting go, as well.

Letting go of things is part of it, but more important is letting go of expectations. Flowing more with what is and what might be, and less with what should be, or what "my mother would have expected so I should now expect".

Community is also about flexibility and tolerance, which requires letting go of those expectations again.


On Feb 23, 2006, at 7:24 AM, Sharon Villines wrote:

On Feb 21, 2006, at 6:11 PM, Paul Abramson wrote:

I have been reading about Simplicity and noticed that Cecile Andrews has
written that community is central to Voluntary Simplicity.  Is any
subscriber to this list a member of a Simplicity Circle? And does cohousing
promote simplicity, or does it make life more complicated?

I am deeply interested in simplicity and have used the concept to simplify my life in many ways. I still need more (much more!).

But I'm not sure why community is any more central to voluntary simplicity than to any other challenge in life. It would reinforce one's attempts to go against the grain of the world around them. In Buddhism, the phrase is "the Buddha, the Darma, the Sanga" meaning the "image of the ideal or the goal", the "reality or the way things are", and the "community of other seekers."

Any attempt to change one's life is helped by these three things. You need a vision, an understanding that a mountain is a mountain and will never be a flamingo, and help from a supportive environment. Some of us find this environment in other people, some in books, or even in a relationship with one person or one teacher.

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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