Even if I’m goal-less, I often find myself at the beginning of new years with a need to progress. The journey is taking me on its wings of change, and I don’t want to fight it.
It smells of SIMPLICITY in the air.
I tend to get enthusiastic and do a lot of projects… at the same time. I have a strong need for voluntary simplicity now.
Lately, I rearranged the house Zen and gave away half of my own and my sons’ clothes. I love that we use less resources and that having about 2 loads of laundry a week frees more of my time. I make personalized gifts – something heartfelt that isn’t in commercial centers. As a family, we also try to stay away from those impulsive buying zones – we even play a song about that in our French punk band that keeps us conscious about it. I’m giving away my computer desk that collects stuff, and I’m now writing this sitting on a cushion on the floor, which is great for the posture. These are some of the changes I’m doing.
“Anybody in the world who has more stuff than they need is in debt to those who have less than they need.”
- Daniel Suelo, How to Become Free from Debt, living moneyless since 2000 (the thoughtful quotes here are from his website).
I’m exploring the money concept. Since my teens I’m haunted by books on voluntary simplicity like Walden, or Life in the Woods (free pdf). Studying sociology made me explore more that path, namely with punks who live on the streets that were still in the money system, accepting welfare for example. I’m now reading the story of Daniel Suelo, The Man Who Quit Money, and it explodes my paradigm. I want to find ways to do more things myself and have less to do with the money system. I want to live on the edge of it for good, for I find it pervasive and insidious.
“What if I became homeless and made an art out of it… And show that joy is something that comes from our mind…”
-Daniel Suelo in the short documentary The Man Who Quit Money.
I resolved that we don’t really need more money than our family has now – a middle class income and about what is recommended in happiness studies (in the free ebook you had subscribing to the blog), and with the extra-time, money saved, and work I can do, I want to give more out to the world-family. Giving forward is a great motivation to let go of superficial needs and money. I watched a documentary yesterday and learned 31 millions children are orphans in India. Mind-baffling, there is so much suffering…
“I am poor and naked but I am the chief of a nation.
We do not want riches but we do want to train our children right. Riches would do us no good.
We could not take them with us to the other world. We do not want riches.
We want peace and love.”
-Red Cloud, Oglala Sioux
I have learned from my past actions and that’s great because I know more what works in our game we call life. Let’s see if I can figure out a way that is effective at living Zen and giving back.
I also know more about myself, what I like to do, like writing, boxing, and crafting. My twenties have been exploratory and I’m grateful for that. Now it is family, learning, and working time – the latter part focused on the world I see myself take on more and more as my kids grow up and I have more “free” time.
“Better than ritual practice [abhyasa]
is knowledge [jnana, or gnosis];
Better than knowledge [jnana]
is concentration [dhyana, or zen];
Better than concentration
is renunciation of the reward of all action,
from which directly issues Peace.”
- Bhagavad Gita 12:12
All of this might call for a migration of my blog towards a free platform updated with simplicity, something like Marie-Eve’s Zen Journey, or plain Marie-Eve Boudreault (even a pen name to sort out French and English websites is too complicated, I think I’m gonna go with tha original name for both). I may get away from other projects I took on, like the hundreds of Facebook pages (well it seems that much to me). I need a platform open for all my crafts, writings, interests, philosophy, and spurts of the moment, in one place kind of thing, and that those of you interested can easily follow by email.
“If there were no debts in our money system, there wouldn’t be any money.”
- Marriner S. Eccles, former Chairman and Governor of the Federal Reserve Board
I’m exploring options for my online presence (actively lessened but concentrated as a laser instead of a diffuse light everywhere) and my life (simplified as… heaven). Ideas are raining right now, although I’m not sure everyone in the house would be pleased to live without furniture. Though the dogs would love being close to what we eat.
“Only when the last tree has died,
The last river has been poisoned
And the last fish has been caught,
Will we realize that we can’t eat money.”
- Cree Proverb
I want to do what I can for having a good part in the world. My grandmother told me her mother would make the mattresses for all their family of 14, so I’m thinking about doing a homemade Shikibuton, a Japonese futon, with organic cotton too for our room. I think I’ll use the model here. Mine was already used, old, and is bad for the back, so I’ll think about how I can recycle it or give it to someone who would love it. I think about floor mats instead of furniture. I bet the dogs would like that too.
Anyways, I make a solemn wish to live with ease and gratitude, let go, simplify, and let you know about it all, for sure.
Some things are certain: I’m breathing easy of going further into Zen, and I’m loving the challenges, the joys, the journey.
What about you?
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