In its ten years the Breathe Network has connected over 1,000 people for conversations about how to live more simply, more generously and to make space for God and others in a consumer culture. Now Breathe is coming to an end it’s time to say ‘thank you’ and ask where next? Mark Powley, one of Breathe’s founding members, has put together this reflection on the life and journey of Breathe.
Thank you for all that you have contributed to Breathe and for sharing in the journey. As Mark’s reflection indicated, the chapter or season for Breathe has come to an end, but the overall journey continues. Mark mentioned some of the ways that you can stay connected, engaged and active. Here are some of the suggestions and links.
Organisations and initiatives
A Rocha UK – Look out for a new initiative called ‘Eco Church‘ launching in January 2016
Transition network – Is their a local group you are a part of could join?
Fuel for the Jouney
Brian Draper – leads great retreats, writes great books and also offers email based reflection series for Lent and Advent
40 Acts from Stewardship – Doing Lent generously!
We hope these links and resources enable and inspire you to continue to live out the Breathe ethos
The Breathe Team
Mark Boyle is an interesting and pioneering character who took the big step of trying to ‘live without money’ for a year (and ended up doing it for 3 years). He shares his fascinating story here and has also written about it in a great book entitled ‘The Moneyless Man‘
Drinking Molotov Cocktails With Gandhi is his latest book which moves beyond his personal story into exploring the challenges and opportunities in challenging and exploring the systems by which our societies operate in.
The book attacks the very roots of the world’s crises and reframes our understanding of how to solve them. It is eloquent, visionary and beautifully wrought – a turning point in our journey towards an ecological society.
More than ever, people across the planet want deep and meaningful change. From those campaigning for social justice and ecological sustainability, to those who want to protect animals, indigenous cultures and those in poverty, millions are realising that another world is not only possible, but absolutely essential. Yet despite the creative and determined efforts of so many, our crises deepen. A politico-economic system, increasingly benefiting a small elite, has brought us to the brink of climate catastrophe, ransacking ecosystems and unravelling communities, forcing us into unhealthy ways of life that conflict with our deepest yearnings. The problem may no longer be a lack of will – but a dogmatic adherence to laws and cultural narratives designed to keep things just the way they are.
In this incendiary book, best-selling author Mark Boyle explores, with terrible beauty, the uncharted depths of these challenges, and how we might face them with dignity, great heart and potency. Drawing on inspiration from the natural world, he sets out the case for the rewilding of our political landscapes, calling for solidarity between reformers, revolutionaries and resisters for the creation of a world worth sustaining. His uncompromising and surprising conclusions could revolutionise the way we face the challenges of our time.
We may not agree with everything he writes, and for me personally I am also left with questions about the aspect of our current systems that do encourage generosity and giving, genuine innovation for good and pragmatic realism in the midst of ideology, however I remain challenged, fascinated, inspired and hopeful about the issues that Mark is raising through his story and in this latest work. We may not all be able to live the way he did, or indeed subscribe to his world view, but his work does bring challenge and echoes a lot with the idea of Breathe on ‘Less Stuff, More Life and with the promise of life and also the ‘Less is More Manifesto’ that Brian Draper wrote as part of his great work ‘Less is More‘.
This week its Zero Waste Week and the theme of the week is to ‘reuse’
If you would like a bit of inspiration and like a good story then do read this great blog from the superb Jo Herbert from Tearfund’s Rhythms community who wrote a great post about her journey in reducing her waste (so far) which all stemmed from watching daytime TV!
The Article links to some great actions/first steps you can take and the Zero Waste Weeks website also has lots of great resources and ideas.
Get reusing and reducing and waste less!
Here are 3 blogs that are inspiring and practical – Helping us to live more simply with less stuff and more life.
1. Jenny from the Block
Jenny writes brilliantly blending hope, honesty, humour and integrity. This is a great blog to read and follow. One of her latest blogs is very akin to the values and ethos of Breathe. Ten positive lifestyle choices we don’t make (yet)
Jenny says “I’m a big fan of honest journeys, and being able to come clean about our limitations and failures. So here is my list of really worthwhile lifestyle changes to which I aspire (in relation to simplicity and green living) that we just don’t do right now.” As you will read, Jenny has and does do a lot and we love the openness in which she shares what she has done and also what she still hopes to be and do.
A great blog by Joanne Wright who explores ‘Doing Family life well and doing it simply’. Sounds good. This is a blog for Mum’s , Dad’s and all of us really. There’s lot’s of talk about food and reducing food waste. But it’s also a blog about a journey toward a simpler family life. Joanne did this great interview with the Guardian. We like this blog post she wrote on thinking through decisions about spending/buying consciously
Set up by the inspirational Karen Cannard this initiative is fun, inspiring and filled with hope
Take the Rubbish Diet and slim your bin. Do your bit and save some cash at the same time!
Over three weeks, The Rubbish Diet will help you recycle more, shop better and make the most of what you have in your cupboards. We send you emails packed with top tips and advice to get you started. We’re here to answer your questions, share your successes and help you solve those annoying waste problems.
We hope you have had a good summer and hope that our summer series of blogs have been inspiring and helpful.