8 Tweeters that Encourage Simplicity

Hey look, I get it. On some levels, Twitter is the exact opposite of simplicity. Its offering of non-stop information often clutters the mind with distraction and nonsense. It allows voices to speak into our lives that we know little about other than the image they have created online. It adds more media. And by its very definition forces us to rely on another shining rectangle for stimulation.

On the other hand, it can be a valuable tool in encouraging simplicity. In a world that constantly bombards us with messages of “more is better” and “new and improved,” it can be helpful to draw motivation from like-minded individuals who are seeking a life of minimalism and simplicity. The micro-blogging platform forces thoughts to be condensed into a weighty 140 characters. And the encouragement can be available at a moment’s notice.

With that in mind, here are eight tweeters that continue to encourage simplicity in my life.

The following tweeters (in alphabetical order) were selected because their tweets are unique, profound, thought-provoking, and call us to consider the invisible things of life. In addition, their tweets tend to be more minimal and less self-promoting than others. And while this post is not a blanket approval for every message they send out, they will encourage you to embrace simplicity in your life.

  1. Leo Babauta. (@zen_habits)

    • Saying “Less is more” tarnishes the good name of less. src
    • A long walk through the rain is cleansing calming lovely & sweet. src
    • Letting go of something is so much more beautiful than possessing it. src
  2. Dave Bruno. (@guynameddave).

    • What are you going to do to make your life significant? (Hint: Answer isn’t to buy stuff.) src
    • When we shop our way into a mess we can’t expect to clean things by consuming. Rethink economic recovery. src
    • A healthy economy should make every person feel more like a neighbor than a consumer. src
  3. Dalai Lama. (@DalaiLama)

    • We cannot overcome anger and hatred simply by suppressing them. We need to actively cultivate the antidotes: patience and tolerance. src
    • If you make your best effort to be kinder, nurture compassion, make the world a better place, then you can say ‘At least I’ve done my best’. src
    • We must insist on the observation that my right to happiness carries no more weight than others’ similar right. src
  4. Debbie Ford. (@Debbie_Ford)

    • We have the capacity to leave this world a better place than we found it. src
    • We are each born with an innate desire to contribute to & be a part of something greater than ourselves. src
    • Compassion gifts us with patience, spaciousness, acceptance, tolerance, and love. src
  5. Stephen Mills. (@RatRaceTrap)

    • “The true way to gain much is never to desire too gain much.” — Francis Beaumont. src
    • “We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge.” — Richard Yates. src
    • “There is more to life than increasing its speed.” — Gandhi. src
  6. The Mindfulist HQ. (@themindfulist)

    • Try a week of paying for everything in cash. Note how it changes the experience and feeling of shopping. src
    • Asking for help is a sign of strength. Don’t fear it. src
    • Money is not happiness. We all know this intellectually, but our actions show that we conflate the two. Walk the talk! src
  7. Naomi Seldin. (@SimplerLiving)

    • The cover of Oprah’s latest issue says if I buy it, I can have my ideal body. So now her magazine comes with a free time machine? Awesome. src.
    • One of my favorite quotes from a reader: “Simplifying is not only about purging and shedding.” src
    • One of the easiest ways to keep clutter out of your house is not to let it in the front door. src
  8. Tiny Buddha. (@tinybuddha)

    • “The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.” ~Socrates. src
    • “Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk.” ~Doug Larson. src
    • “The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.” ~Flora Whittemore. src

The world of Twitter is nearly infinite. For that reason, I chose to focus on only 8 that encourage simplicity. There are surely more that encourage you. And I’d love to hear about them if you would kindly post them below in the comment section along with the reason why you included them.

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By the way, I also like to think my Twitter feed is worth following as well (@joshua_becker).

Joshua Becker

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Comments

  1. says

    Minimalist Student is one of my favorite tweeters as well- @minimalstudent
    She tweets things like: “Slow down for just 10 mins with no distractions – you might be amazed at the wonderful ideas that’ll pop into your head in such a short time” & “Get rid of an old pair of shoes you don’t wear any more today. Appreciate the memories and make new progress in new shoes.”

    I’m also a big fan of Leo’s tweets. His stuff is always great quality.

  2. says

    “On some levels, Twitter is the exact opposite of simplicity. Its offering of non-stop information often clutters the mind with distraction and nonsense.”

    Perhaps it’s because I was also defending Twitter in my technology class the other day, but wanted to note Twitter is not good or bad: it’s simply a tool. Depending on how you use it, it can either help you simplify or choke your life with too much information and distraction.

    My favorite use of Twitter is as an RSS feed–I follow many news sites and only click on articles of interest (already slightly pre-filtered), and don’t have to worry about being overwhelmed by getting literally everything on an actual RSS reader.

  3. says

  4. says

    I must say that my first impression on your post was the obvious contradiction of almost 8,000 subscribed readers, yet leading a life minimalistic values. In order to have that many subscribers, it would seem to me that you would: 1. Require a computer and/ or an iPhone or similar device; 2. Spend a significant period of time on the computer to allow for the time to twitter and blog; 3. Derive some sense of gratification that you have so many followers because you ask MORE to follow you AND you boldly display the number of your readers.

    In fact in reading some of the your recommended headlines of the articles on minimalism, some seem directly contradictory to your “simplicity” proclamation, as your post openly acknowledges.

    I find it very confusing.

    I thought that I liked your blog until I looked a little deeper (which is part of being a minimalist…i.e. get that TV out of your bedroom). I found this post so full of hypocrisy, it stinks! If I were to follow your example, Joshua, I would think that less is more EXCEPT when it comes to those that shower you with admiration.

    Dig deep, Joshua, and please explain so we “deep thinkers” can understand your take on minimalism.

    • says

      Hey Jan,

      I would love to respond to your most recent comment, but thought I should clarify your reasoning in my mind first to make sure I hear you correctly.

      Just to start with your first paragraph and assumptions: 1) I do own a computer. 2) I do spend time on my computer (at home in the mornings & at my full-time job during the day). and 3) I do find enjoyment and satisfaction knowing that people are following the feed on this blog/twitter. To me, it indicates that people are being influenced and inspired by the message of choosing to live with less. And displaying the number of subscribers is a simple way to quickly show new readers that the message is spreading and a large number of people find value in it.

      And when it comes to being showered with admiration… well sure, I enjoy that. I absolutely enjoy knowing that my writing is inspiring others and other people enjoy reading it. But I’m not sure how that is contradictory to a minimalist lifestyle. In fact, I would argue that one of the reasons I embraced minimalism is so that I would have more opportunity (time/space/finances) to do that very thing. Embracing minimalism does not mean that I desire to inspire less people. It means that I own less physical possessions so that I can pursue things that are more important to me… like inspiring as many people as possible to choose living with less.

      Does that answer some of your questions?

      Does my response answer your critique or am I going down the wrong road here?

      Joshua

      • says

        Joshua, I’m sorry that my post came across harsh. I really am. My frustration is due to the contradictions which I see in your post; which in turn, lead me to question your sincerity toward minimalism…perhaps not mine to question, but it is the focus of your blog. I find it frustrating that your goal in promoting simplicity is through a complex series of twitters/tweets/follow. I do not believe that a minimalist would be eager to self-promote on facebook or twitter.

        Just as you maintain in a previous post that the TV should be removed from the bedroom to allow for quiet time of self-examination, twitter achieves the complete opposite effect throughout the entire day…It is self-examination through the eyes of others and the number of followers you acquire. For example – - I would say that almost 8,000 twitter followers means that you are REALLY a minimalist … do you see what I mean?

        I was on Twitter for one day and realized that it was NOT beneficial on any realm of self-discovery.

        I hope that makes sense and I do appreciate the time you spent in responding to my comment.

        Having said that — I am appreciative that you are not judging my efforts toward minimalism via my blog which has to do with decorating, etc. Minimalism is about self-examination and I believe there are steps you take toward the end result. I do love pretty decorative items, and I make them, as opposed to buying and collecting them. I give away many of the items that I make and I do try to sell some of Etsy (not terribly successful at that). So in answer to the question you are gracious enough NOT to ask, yes, I think that it’s very OK for me to strive toward minimalism and still strive toward having a beautiful home.

        So what I am TRYING to say is that I was looking for a blog I could follow which would encourage me further in my efforts toward a simple life, but Twitter cannot, in my opinion, play a part in a simpler life, and it disappointed me that your blog promoted this type of social media.

        • says

          Gotcha Jan. Thanks for the clarification.

          And good luck on making decorative items. My view on minimalism is not one that removes everything from life indiscriminately. In fact, it is a view that intentionally promotes the things in your life that are most important to you and seeks to remove everything that distracts you from it.

          If art is your passion, then create beautiful art that enriches the lives of others. I think that is a wonderful thing to do with your time and talent. And the less things you own that distract you from that passion, the more opportunity you will have to create great art… or pursue whatever your heart holds dearest.

          And if Twitter is not helpful to you in that regard, then I think it’s great you turned it off after one day.

        • Mel says

          “I do not believe that a minimalist would be eager to self-promote on facebook or twitter.”

          I am just curious if a minimalist would be eager to self promote on Google Friend Connect?
          I also noticed at the bottom of your posts that you don’t mind if your readers tweet or Facebook your information and spread your word. Although you don’t actually have an account with Twitter you are still utilizing Twitter and encouraging self promotion through others. Just found it sort of interesting. The beauty of minimalism is that we all have a common goal just reach it through different ways.

          • says

            Mel, I have never given the little symbols at the end of all blogger posts much thought, and to my knowledge no one has utilized that tool from my blog, although I would be delighted if one did so.

            As I previously mentioned, I do try to sell items that I make via my Etsy store, so I would be happy if someone were to spread that word. One additional point I would like to share is that my blog is not about being a minimalist. My blog is about home decor. The theme of my blog is “using simple techniques to enhance your home and life”. Therefore, I do not see a contradiction in my blog vs. the means of promotion.

            Mel, I also do not believe that minimalists all have common goals. I am leaning toward the belief that minimalism means different things to different people. I would say that this particular post and the comments which follow confirm my thoughts toward that direction.

            Joshua, thank you for indulging me by allowing me to respond to Mel’s comment via your blog.

            Peace.

          • Mel says

            Jan, I should apologize for assuming that all who consider themselves minimalist or appreciate the lifestyle have a common goal. Simplifying in many areas of life is my personal goal. I guess I am ignorant to what other goals of a minimalist would be.

  5. Rachel says

    I like @InspiringAlways . Thanks for your list, really useful. I’ve been wanting to follow a few more tweeters like this. I’ve started a public list with your 8 and a few others – tweets to guide and revive @rachhawthorn/nourishment
    Peacefully.

  6. Yolandia says

    Thank you for the list, I find it inspiring. This past summer I started donating and giving away much of the ‘stuff’ in my home. The more things I removed the better I felt. It wasn’t until I recently joined twitter that I learned of living a minimalist lifestyle. Today I consider myself a minimalist and I am loving it.

  7. says

    Greetings! Very useful advice in this particular post! It is the little changes that will make the most important
    changes. Thanks a lot for sharing!

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