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Hedonism Unplugged

October 15, 2014 , , ,

Cheers!

Cheers!

I am a hedonist. This archetype is a prominent part of my persona. I don’t mind being considered to be a Sybarite.  I think I might inspire some people to experiment with allowing a little bit more pleasure into life when they see it does not seem to do me any harm.  Art, taste, harmony of elements are all of great importance to me.  Often it is much better for me to go to a museum alone because I normally want to stay at least twice as long as most others.  I also adore very long, lingering dining experiences that are memorable because of the good company and good cheer.  My good friend and fellow hedonist Eric Ellenberg and I once went to the restaurant at the top of the World Trade Center for lunch (long before 9-11).  The food and the view were grand.  We stayed for hours and I remember it vividly.  I have always been happy we went because now we could not if we tried.  Most full on pleasurable experiences can’t be repeated.  The synchronicity of the moment and all its glory comprise the ecstasy we feel, but that does not mean we should not plan and create pleasurable times.  Authenticity is the main ingredient of truly memorable fun times.  Holiday excess and obligation often conflict with inner peace and joy.  Here are some ways to be festive without breaking the bank or cramming the schedule full of stressful events:

  • Decide to spend less money and more thought on gifting
  • Decorate meaningfully, perhaps by editing more than adding
  • Use synesthesia for parties, combining sensory elements
  • Create individual festivities for those you want to recognize and honor
  • Stay within a comfortable budget for both calories and money
  • Schedule time to meditate and restore peace and quiet
  • Consolidate “shopping” to save time

This season many Americans go into deeper debt.  From now until next year we will be bombarded with advertising designed to drive the economy.  This year you can avoid buyer’s remorse and debt by lighting your own way through the cold winter’s night.  Be particular instead of excessive.  Use discernment to create gifts and experiences that show how much you appreciate individual taste. I wish all the Gentle Readers good health and financial freedom this winter.  Stay solvent, my friends.  It is much more festive in the long run.

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Reblogged this on Kate Sitka and commented:
I LOVED this post by fellow blog reader, Mermaidcamp.

I feel such an urge to lighten my load and bring more enjoyment into my life.

Sweetie and I adore fine dining. We would rather save for months on one five-star dining experience than get pizza once a week. When we go, we stay for hours!

While we visited Vancouver, we went to the Vancouver Art Gallery and inadvertently recreated out first date by seeing Emily Carr’s same work in a different city!

Culture, luxury, beauty.

Self-care.

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psychicintraining

October 16, 2014

Thanks very much for sharing. Maybe we should go to a gallery together someday…I would love to go to Vancouver again

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Pamela Morse

October 16, 2014

Thanks for sharing, Pamela! We are pretty simple people when it comes to spending on things we don’t really need. No ad can make us want or buy anything (not anymore). But when it comes to food, trying out a new restaurant, or any dining experience, we are simply unstoppable. This is one of our favorite pleasures in life.

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frankaboutcroatia

October 16, 2014

Ours too. Taking time to savor and explore is a must in our household. Thanks Frank. Some of those Croatian meals you all enjoy make me drool with desire.

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Pamela Morse

October 17, 2014

Your clarity about yourself is very interesting. I agree that in certain instances, the synchronicity of the events are such that you couldn’t repeat them even if you tried. (especially if you try).. It’s the uniqueness of living in the moment, which I think you do so well. I like the idea of the synthesia as well as a more conscious gifting process where the idea is to give someone something that really suits without breaking the bank. (sometimes harder than it seems). I like the meditative aspect too

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Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

October 19, 2014

Pam, you are wise. I love reading your posts because you have that maturity that just resonates

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London-Unattached.com

October 19, 2014

Thanks very much Fiona. You are my favorite Brit (other than my dead ancestors, of course). QE II used to be my fave, but she is hard to get to know…

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Pamela Morse

October 20, 2014

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