What I Like Most About Living Simply

Even though this stage of our lives is only a little over a month old now I can honestly say that I do not miss any of the things we parted with and I do not miss anything we left behind. I'm finding living in community with the people here at Earthaven Ecovillage to be quite nice. In many ways it's more like what I've felt living should feel like.  There is definitely  a sense of community. And even though each of us are unique personalities there is a kindred spirit. While making a life change like this might not be for everyone, it sure feels right for me. Some things I've noticed so far...
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Silence

Silence is the absolute poise or balance of body, mind and spirit. The man who preserves his selfhood is ever calm and unshaken by the storms of existence... If you ask him: "What is silence?" he will answer "It is the Great Mystery. The holy silence is his voice." If you ask: "What are the fruits of silence?" he will say: "They are self-control, true courage or endurance, patience, dignity and reverence. Silence is the cornerstone of character." Ohiyesa (Dr. Charles Eastman) 1858 - 1939 Santee Sioux
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Laundry – at least the drying thereof

Laundry – at least the drying thereof
Growing up I loved laundry day - not because I love doing laundry, but because in the summers mother would hang clothes out on the line to dry. The smell was fantastic and I loved climbing into bed at night because the sheets were so soft. One of the great things about drying clothes on the line is that it costs nothing in the way of energy. It does take a bit of time on your part, but it is well worth the time spent. This winter, in Western North Carolina, it has been a bit on the cold side which makes drying clothes on the line a bit harder, if not almost impossible. The water would fr...
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Parting with Our Things: what to keep, what to sell

The attachment we have to our things is an interesting one. Sometimes I wonder where they are derived from; is it good marketing or our own thinking that we need these things. Whatever the origin the fact remains that we all have way too much stuff in our homes and in our lives. We're getting ready to move to an eco-village that's off-the-grid and sorting through our things, what to keep and what to sell, has taken on a new meaning. Some things it's easy to make a decision on; get rid of it or keep it. Other things aren't so easy. Like keeping the flat screen TV, is it practical? On the one...
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Some thoughts: The Touch of the Earth

The touch of the earth is not something many of us have ever felt or feel on a regular basis. We are so wrapped up in our lives that we don't connect or reconnect with the earth which provides us with what we need to live. To indigenous peoples the earth is alive and touch is a wonderful healing experience. Since the earth has the power to feed us and provide us with medicine the simple act of walking barefoot, lying on the ground or sitting on the ground is a great way to relax, destress and let go of problems. Science is showing that everything is energy so by blocking or muting good h...
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Some thoughts: Take the breath…

Breath. It is life - for without it we could not be. The feather that is attached to a dream catcher and hung over a baby is there to teach them about the importance of breath and remember as they grow older that one breath is sacred - a gift from our creator. It is there to also collect bad dreams (dreams that cause one to not breathe correctly) and disperse them into the dawn of the new day. Dawn is a time of new beginnings, freshness and rebirth. A time to inhale and give thanks for all that we have been given and will receive. It is a time of power. To breathe in the breath of daw...
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Some thoughts: We are of one mind…

Being of one mind is a simple but powerful concept. It is to think in unison, though there may be differences. Native peoples were aware that the health of the environment was reflected in the health of their body. They also knew that the health of their body was reflected in the health of the environment. By keeping in mind, though it may not have always been stated, the health of the environment when they made any decisions, they were able to keep both themselves and the environment fit and clean. This concept lead to the formal declaration in laws of the Iroquois of "the Sev...
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He fits into the landscape

The American Indian is of the soil, whether it be the region of the forests, plains, pueblos or mesas. He fits into the landscape, for the hand that fashioned the continent also fashioned the man. He once grew as naturally as the wild sunflowers; he belongs just as the buffalo belonged... Luther Standing Bear (1868-1929) Oglala Sioux Chief
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Some thoughts: A relative I am!

The four quarters. The East, South, West and North. From Black Elk Speaks: "...west where the thunder beings live to send us rain; …the north, whence comes the great white cleansing wind; …the east, whence springs the light and where the morning star lives to give men wisdom;… the south, whence come the summer and the power to grow." For any native culture these are very important and drive their daily and yearly life. These directions have power. By declaring "A relative I am" one says that we are all related, we have kinship. In this prayer you acknowledge that we, as human incar...
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