My Year of Living Without

At the beginning of January I decided to conduct an experiment that I’m calling 2014 – My Year of Living Without (hat tip to Leon Bahauta in San Francisco) and I invited my Wednesday evening meditation buddies here in Wellington to do this experiment with me.

I want to learn what I really need and what may just be bad habits – it’s good to test one’s boundaries now and then and 2014 is going to be my year to do so. I’m taking this opportunity to simplify my life, find out what’s absolutely necessary and, um, make room for new things.

So I created a personalised invitation which I either gave to a few selected friends in person or sent by post in an envelope with a stamp on – deliberately slow means of communication.

To keep myself on track, I’ve started to blog about what was happening and what I discovered at ramseymargolis.com/2014. I’ll be keeping this blog updated with what it feels like to be ‘living without’, and look forward to engaging with your responses.

If you’d like an invitation, send me an email letting me know your postal address and I’ll post one to you, wherever in the world you are. If you’re in the Wellington region, I may well knock on your door with your invite.

So what, you may be wondering, does this have to do with a secular approach to the ideas of Mr Gotama, the man we now know as the Buddha? Follow the discussion on the blog.

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