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The Minimalists Podcast

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus discuss living a meaningful life with less.
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Now displaying: June, 2021
Jun 29, 2021

Joshua and Ryan talk about gift-getting, gift-giving, and birthday celebrations for adults and kids alike with podcaster and Registered Dietitian Rebecca Shern, and they answer the following questions:

What does Joshua want for his birthday? (00:00)

Why do we never seem to know what we truly want? (04:06)

Instead of spending lots of money and giving expensive gifts, what are some meaningful ways to celebrate birthdays? (06:22)

How do you celebrate your child’s birthday? (07:27)

What if gift-giving is one of my love languages? (11:14)

How do you celebrate your birthday? (14:57)

Is gift-giving just a matter of simply asking others what they want? (17:31)

How do we appropriately address a loved one who insists on giving us gifts when we’ve asked them countless times not to, and do we tell them that we’ve actually given away most of the gifts they’ve given us? (18:20)

How do my spouse and I address the societal expectations of others regarding our choice of participation in traditional gift-giving events, such as birthdays and Christmas? (31:04)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Jun 25, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss a few reliable methods for determining what items are essential for each of us. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists

Jun 22, 2021

Joshua and Ryan talk about how minimalism, in more ways than one, is about starting over with less, and they answer the following questions:

How do we start over? (00:00)

As I’m letting everything go and starting over, how do I explain it to my friends and family who think I am crazy or terminally ill? (05:25)

What advice do you have for those of us dealing with the stress and anxiety of being forced to start over professionally after being let go from our jobs? (09:06) 

What is absolutely essential? (11:51)

What two questions should we ask ourselves when we’re considering a fresh start? (14:43)

How important is an emergency fund when you’re starting over? (15:46)

Is starting over simply a matter of considering a new direction? (16:23)

When you’re starting over from scratch and you realize you can’t do it alone, how do you get over your pride and ask others for help? (17:46)

What is the difference between enhancement and dependency? (19:38)

Why should we give money rather than loan money? (21:56)

When you’re starting over with nothing, how do you live without sentimental stuff in your life? (25:53)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Jun 18, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss what foods meet the criteria of a minimalist diet with author, podcaster, and fitness expert Ben Greenfield and podcaster and Registered Dietitian Rebecca Shern. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists

Jun 15, 2021

Joshua and Ryan talk about what we must refine to ensure our spiritual and material lives align with author, podcaster, and fitness expert Ben Greenfield and podcaster and Registered Dietitian Rebecca Shern, and they answer the following questions:

What is a “fit soul”? (00:00)

What are the dangers of transactional relationships? (08:47)

What are the four pillars of the spiritual journey? (13:35)

What is the practice of self-examination? (18:02)

How do we determine our purpose? (21:38)

Is there a link between sex and spirituality? (26:44)

How do you explain sex to your children? (29:21)

What is “eye gazing”? (33:58)

How do you punish and reward your children? (36:12)

What is the “God-shaped hole”? (39:59)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Jun 11, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to appropriately curate family relationships so we can focus on those that are mutually beneficial. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists

Jun 8, 2021

Joshua and Ryan talk about how we all seem to find ourselves having the things we don’t need, and needing the things we don’t have—and how we’re so disconnected from our communities that bartering for those things is nearly impossible—with the founder of HaveNeed, Josh Kline, and they answer the following questions:

What is HaveNeed? (00:00)

How has the pandemic affected bartering? (04:01)

What is your distinction between items that are essential, nonessential, and junk? (06:16)

What would the world look like if there was no such thing as money, which has a vice-like grip on the material world; that is, what would the world look like if it ran strictly on barter? (07:02)

What is the history of bartering? (07:26)

What is the “mutual coincidence of wants”? (08:11)

What is “Object A”? (13:44)

Bartering has been around forever, but seems to have fallen out of favor in recent times—why? (26:51)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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Jun 4, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss the perniciousness of the Diderot effect and the reflexivity of desire with author and professor Luke Burgis. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists

Jun 1, 2021

Joshua and Ryan talk about our want for things, why we want what we want, and how we can free ourselves from chasing unfulfilling desires with author and professor Luke Burgis, and they answer the following questions:

What is mimetic desire? (00:00)

Does it help to identify the origins of our desires? (05:05)

Should we strive to be immune from desires? (06:54)

What is negative imitation? (08:22)

How do we find fulfilling desires? (08:48)

Can a relentless desire to be debt-free actually cause adverse unintended consequences? (12:39)

What are “borrowed desires”? (16:17)

What costs should we consider in the pursuit of our desires? (18:13)

What is a “misery tax”? (19:42)

How do we recognize and address the influences, especially those online, that promote mindless consumption? (24:08)

How is social media addictive? (24:39)

What is “hate watching”? (26:33)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

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