The official trailer for #MinimalismFilm, the #1 indie documentary of 2016:

nothing ever quite does it for us

nothing wrong w consumption.. problem is compulsory consumption

not just getting rid of stuff… taking control of life.. stop being told what to do

let’s stop the madness – leo

this life is yours.. your one and only.. this is it – aj

Journey from slave of stuff to minimalist via @JulietSchor

Juliet, AJ, ..


notes/quotes from doc:

dan harris (author of 10% happier): we spend so much time on the hunt.. but nothing ever quite does it for us.. and we get so wrapped up in the hunt that it kind of makes us miserable

ryan nicodemus: i had everything i ever wanted.. everything i was supposed to have.. everyone around me said: you’re successful.. but really i was miserable.. there was this gaping void in my life.. so i tried to fill that void the same way many many people do.. with stuff, lots of stuff..happiness had to be somewhere just around the corner.. i was living paycheck to paycheck.. living for stuff.. but i wasn’t living at all

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rick hanson (neuropsychologist): at a time when people in the west are experiencing the best standard of living in history, why is it that at the same time.. there is such a longing for more

3 min – rick: i think of that as a biologically based delusional craving.. that auto-craving s a good strategy to keep animals alive.. including early human animals living in really harsh conditions.. but these days, today, it creates a disconnect.. you’re like a puppet.. whose strings are being pulled.. by mother nature and evolution reaching back 10s of millions of years.. we still feel restless.. we still are always scratching the coin for more

4 min – jesse jacobs (entrepreneur): it’s why lottery winners are miserable.. it’s why homeowners have 3 car garages.. the first car creates an exponential rush of happiness/joy/utility.. the 2nd because we tire of the 1st..  as humans we’re wired to become dissatisfied

i don’t know.. i think that’s an intoxication..  not a natural wiring

jesse: it’s an addiction really.. and we are encouraged to maintain the addiction thru tech and info

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shannon whitehead (sustainable apparel consultant): american culture has for the most part.. these blinders on. there’s definitely this illusion of what our lives should look like

ie: supposed to’s.. of school/work

sam harris (neuroscientist): it’s natural to use other people’s lives.. and even imagined lives .. the confections we see in ads as a yardstick.. there can be an immense amount of dissatisfaction trying to live that way and many of us see no alt..

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5 min – juliet schor (econ/sociologist): advertising has polluted and infiltrated culture.. it’s in our movies/shows/books/drs-offices-magazines.. it’s in the bar.. the person sitting next to you that you’re just having an idle chat with could have been placed there by an alcohol co

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patrick rhone (author – enough): it’s been a slow evolution.. by those that want to make a lot of money.. they want us to believe we really need these things

6 min – yarrow kraner (director/photographer): every year that passes.. more stimuli/pressure/*options/noise.. and by streamlining/simplifying.. and just letting people know they have the **option.. it’s that wake up call that is really valuable in a very critical time right now

it’s not that *more options is bad..or that knowing we have the *option is enough .. it’s that we think life is about options/choices/decisions.. rather than about ie: cure ios city

15 min – david friedlander: huge houses.. and on top of that 2.2 bn personal storage industry.. study of heat map of where people traveled in home.. use about maybe 40% of space..

16 min – frank mascia (architect): we’re living our life depending on the space we’ve got rather than creating our space to fit our lives

tammy strobel (you can buy happiness & it’s cheap): tiny house

18 min – jay austin (tiny house designer): i think there’s this element of affordability, simplicity and sustainability that just makes tiny houses seem like the perfect solution to a problem we haven’t yet figured out.. which is.. how do we go from working all throughout our lifetime to enjoying a lifetime w a bit of work here and there

20 min – graham hill (life edited)

29 min – sam

31 min – juliet – on being more materialistic.. caring about the materials.. ie: sweatshops; ecological cost; .. things in the home.. now as fashion.. can be thrown away

34 min – leo babauta: hunger never fulfilled

colin wright: 4 yrs homeless.. or maybe home full..  everything in 2 bags.. 51 things.. knowing that all these ‘successful people weren’t happy’

patrick: don’t have control over making more money.. only over spending/having less

40 min – aj leon: when you see your life scripted out and you see.. why am i doing this..  maybe if i don’t leave right now.. i’m going to be him for the rest of my life

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47 min – joshua: i don’t have a lot of clothes now.. but all the clothes i have are my favs .. every minimalist has a blow dryer

blow dryer? wth

50 min – jacqueline schmidt: there’s something about not being prepared for every moment that actually helps you engage w your community (ie: having to borrow maternity dress up clothes et al) .. it becomes very communal – rather than buying everything you need for your situation

courtney carver’s husband: stress impacts/causes disease.. all these things cause stress.. buy getting rid of it..

52 min – sam: we have this capacity for focus.. but are living in the context of having to go from one stimulus to next in search of dopamine experience where we’re rewarded.. i think there’s a price we pay for that

dan harris: on meditation (after iraq et al)

56 min – sam harris: on meditation

58 min – dan: on meditation making him 10% happier

1:03 – joshua: letting go was difficult.. really a process..wish i could say it was as easy as renting a dumpster

1:04 – on ad ing to children thru mobile devices

juliet: used to go thru the mothers.. co’s decided to go around the mother’s and go directly to the kids

1:05 – joshua becker – 500 000 ads a day from day you’re born

juliet: there’s a problem w process and w content.. and content is huge.. it’s junk.. i don’t see a positive to it..

leo: minimalist while married and w 6 kids..

1:09 – joshua: undercurrent of minimalism.. letting us be what we want to be rather than what world wants us to be

1:11 – patrick: we think we need those things because we’ve been told we need those things..  having that balance.. that enough.. (not too little or too much).. that’s what you’re looking at

juliet: to me.. american dream.. no ineq.. and caring for planet

1:14 – ryan: what minimalism is really about – living deliberately

joshua: i was focused on my idea of success.. making more money

ryan: whole point of this.. is to help people curb that appetite for more things.. what i love about my life now.. is that i can be genuine.. and that there is no manipulation

leo: minimalism as a way to say.. let’s stop the madness

1:16 – aj: when you recognize that this life is yours, and that it is your one and only, and when that ceases to be esoteric bs, when that’s not hippie poetry anymore, when the pragmatism of that statement seeps directly in your bones, and you recognize that this is it, everything changes..

1:17 – joshua: love people and use things.. because the opposite never works


The Minimalists (@TheMinimalists) tweeted at 3:39 AM – 29 Dec 2016 :

Defined succinctly, minimalism, as a lifestyle, is the *art of letting go. (

*why we haven’t yet gotten to equity..


The Minimalists (@TheMinimalists) tweeted at 3:39 AM – 5 Jun 2017 :

No matter how we contribute, it’s important to add value in an authentic way—without an ulterior motive—genuine and helpful and unassuming. (


Identity is one of the hardest things to let go: it takes a lot to see ourselves differently.

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the minimalists:

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@JFM & @RyanNicodemus discuss living a meaningful life with less. Projects: @MinimalismFilm, @ETRbook, @ToWriteBetter,@AsymPress, #AskTheMinimalists Podcast.

Missoula, Montana


simple living

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Simple living encompasses a number of different voluntary practices to simplify one’s lifestyle. These may include reducing one’s possessions, generally referred to as Minimalism, or increasing self-sufficiency, for example. Simple living may be characterized by individuals being satisfied with what they have rather than want. Although asceticism generally promotes living simply and refraining from luxury and indulgence, not all proponents of simple living are ascetics. Simple living is distinct from those living in forced poverty, as it is a voluntary lifestyle choice.

Adherents may choose simple living for a variety of personal reasons, such as spirituality, health, increase in quality time for family and friends, work–life balance, personal taste, frugality, or reducing stress. Simple living can also be a reaction to materialism and conspicuous consumption. Some cite socio-political goals aligned with the anti-consumerist or anti-war movements, including conservation,degrowth, social justice, and tax resistance.


Minimalism Documentary Ignites Freedom via @MrJustinBarclay

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Enough is in the eye of the beholder.

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the awake beholder

if we were all awake we would each see a different enough

and we’d find/see/grok.. that that dance does indeed dance/work

tragedy of the non common keeps happening because we keep trying it with ie: whales in sea world

the focus can’t be the enough ness.. needs to be awake people..

let’s do this firstfree art-ists.

for (blank)’s sake

a nother way


Reusing is better than recycling. Recycling is better than refuse. Refuse is better than refusing to let go.
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