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  1. This is lovely. And, as a person who waited a long time to have kids, and who cherished his quiet life hiking, surfing, meditating and basically doing whatever I wanted to do, I can relate to the turbulence you’re talking about. But I think this dissonance between what is and what you expect is normal, and perhaps learning to live with the dissonance can bring us all a little peace. But, the biggest source of dissonance is pursuit of the false path. I think you know what you love, and I think you know what you’re good at, so now you just have to trust it. I’m laughing, of course because, “just” is a loaded word. By the way, you have one killer eye. Never stop writing and taking pictures.

  2. True, Radha, you have not solved the problems of the whole world or even your world, but we are SO happy that you and Erik are now here near family and that we can see you on a regular basis. You will still have the time and more importantly, the energy to make a house your home and grow your own veggies on your own land. Patience is something that you (and I at your age) lack. It comes with maturity and just looking at the big picture of life. Settling down and saying, “Okay, I can’t do everything, but I can do this little thing to make the world a better place.” Relax and smell the roses!

  3. probably, you only need time and hard work inside you and outside of you. Probably, you’ll carve a satisfying and warm niche for the both of you (and maybe for some little human beings to come)
    be calm and keep on keeping on.
    a big hug – Karin

  4. A lovely and sincere post, very helpful to wake up others too. This is good witting Radha! And good thinking. Love the way you think!

  5. Oh my goodness ditto. Idealistic or not, it is simply a challenge to live simply here. The centrifugal force of a lifetime of habit and constant reinforcement of that habit is freakin hard to shift. But your will is a force of nature and your words and efforts are so inspiring. I’m rooting for you!

    • It’s nice to know that this hits a chord for you too. I’m not alone trying to escape the centrifuge!

  6. Thank you for reflecting and writing on this. I so appreciate your honesty in your efforts and your sharing about them with us. Miss you Radha!

  7. I hear you sister, loud and clear. 🙂

    I read these words from the Buddha the other day and had to write them down: “You are what you seek.”

    Everything we want to be, all of our hopes and dreams, everything we aspire to, is already within us and here with us now.

    Your pictures are superbly beauteous!

  8. Love reading your thoughts!
    I feel that living simply in a complicated country cannot easily be done from the bottom up – by starting from scratch and just starting to live simply -, but from the top down. Simplify gradually, bit by bit?
    I feel that while we were forced to simplify our energy needs through moving into this house (we have very few working electric sockets and only wood heating), we still aren’t growing as much food as we would need. And are storing it using partially intensive methods such a freezing, rather than canning and drying.
    We could probably grow more, do more, but then we would lack the time to earn money to renovate. Maybe it’s a priority thing?
    I have also come to see that community is one of the most important factors. I have never been as social as now and every new opportunity and stroke of luck is derived from some aquaintance, some friend. Did you know that I’m starting down the path of professional horse driver now? Working in the forest, pulling logs, driving tourists…. It’s still an idea only, but I’m working with a friend who does it and would like to expand, and I see the possibility of another income that way….
    Anyway, I think the key to simplify is people. I cannot grow all of my own food (nor do I want, being so interested in all kinds of things), I don’t want to keep milking animals but still want to eat dairy products. I don’t have time to do all the things I want to do. But with more people involved things can happen. We’re thinking about buying a communal apple press now and pressing cider together. That’s something I don’t have time to do by myself efficiently. But with many people picking, then getting together with a big press, it’s possible.
    I think while living simply sounds very easy, it’s a heavy load in our western society, but one that many shoulders can easily carry. And many minds can think up creative solutions.
    Neighbours can be a great resource and help! They know the area, the weather, the possibilities, they know more people and can give you a name to ask for something you’re looking for… Maybe you can share chores, own things communally.
    We’re certainly not at the stage of a tight-knit community, people still mostly live for themselves here, but we help each other out with some things and it’s a start. More people are popping up, are thinking about moving here, or just staying for a while.
    I think altruism and generosity is a big thing too. I keep giving people little gifts of jam and cookies, and while I just do it because I like it without expect anything in return, I keep getting so much back. Jam, advice, a DVD on horse forestry lent, free manure…. My neighbour, who tries to measure the worth of anything he gives away and expects to be paid in some form in return, doesn’t get as much in return and many doors are closed to him.
    Well, so much for my rambles and thoughts of what seems to work well here.
    I need to write you some more, really, will see when I can find some time between what is probably too many projects for a year… 😉