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Hello, my name is Douglas Wood—the founder of
MINimalism is being "set free" from the things of the world.
RAW (real, authentic, whole) is the "prime" characteristic of full MINimalism.
MINimalism+RAW Studios is about enjoying the "practical and miracle" EDGEucation and advantEDGE of...
sufice: stress declutter with... sufficient for needs strategies and style + grace sufficient "set free" essentials.
fruveg: stress declutter with... fresh fruit & veggie advantEDGE + be fruitful & love God lifestyle.
No Stress... is about learning, deciding, and living in a way that sets you free—prevents, reduces, calms, or calms you in the midst of... life's clutter stress.
We all have a sense within us of when things are cluttered in our being and world. We feel uneasy at some level. Our sensitivity to such shows up in our feelings, mood, demeanor, and actions. Like an indicator light on the dashboard of our soul... to let us know that something needs our attention. The world is full of decoys and distractions and demands that ultimately are nothing more than clutter and stress. It takes some EDGEucation and effort to set things right. When we do... we then have the advantEDGE of such.
Here you will find helps and strategies for reducing+simplifying your home, stuff, and life—getting rid of clutter stress caused by too much stuff or too little stuff—physical, mental, emotional, etc.
Here you will find helps and strategies for accessing the Grace of Christ and letting His guiding, directing, comforting, and constant influence—in all you do and say—make your life and world... just-right, on-mark, no more and no less, sufficient, enough. Christ knows all things and is therefore the only "Sufficient" Source of real and sustainable happiness, fruitfulness, fulfillment, and freedom. Ultimately, Christ alone fully frees us from clutter and stress. This is the greatest EDGEucation and advantEDGE of all.
Every person ever born has been given access to the Light of Christ in their hearts. This is the Source of so much good that exists on planet earth.... and our desire to improve. This is our Divine conscience—our power to know right from wrong and good from evil... and our power to choose and do right and do good. This... good... matters deeply. This Light is the Source of our being civil and goodly.
Better and Best
It takes more than just the Light of Christ to be fully set free from the things of the world. "Making and keeping covenants actually makes life easier! Each person who makes covenants in baptismal fonts and in temples—and keeps them—has increased access to the power of Jesus Christ. Please ponder that stunning truth!" - Russell M. Nelson. This better and Best matters deeply. This increased access to the power of Jesus Christ is the Source of our being Christlike and godly.
"My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness." - 2 Corinthians 12: 9.
"And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them." - Ether 12: 27
"The reward for keeping covenants with God is heavenly power—power that strengthens us to withstand our trials, temptations, and heartaches better. This power eases our way. Those who live the higher laws of Jesus Christ have access to His higher power. Thus, covenant keepers are entitled to a special kind of rest that comes to them through their covenantal relationship with God. Before the Savior submitted Himself to the agony of Gethsemane and Calvary, He declared to His Apostles, 'In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.' Subsequently, Jesus entreated each of us to do the same when He said, 'I will that ye should overcome the world.'" - Russell M. Nelson
is designed to help with the good... and better and best levels.
MINimalism+RAW Studios defined:
It is about enjoying the "practical and miracle" No Stress advantEDGE of...
sufice: stress declutter with... sufficient for needs strategies and style + grace sufficient "set free" essentials
fruveg: stress declutter with... fresh fruit & veggie advantEDGE + be fruitful & love God lifestyle
SUFICE—sufficient for needs with its joy and joyful stress reduction and elimination. Too much or not enough both generate stress.
SUFICE—grace sufficient stress reduction and being set free that is provided by Christ alone—no more and no less. With the essential and sufficient "all knowing" help of God... it is about working at dialing one's life to "just-right"—self, social, space. This is reducing and eliminating all other distractions, decoys, and false offerings. It is something we choose, ask God for, and then follow Him and His lead in doing all He asks of us to receive such. Through this process He creates a mighty change in us wherein we have no more disposition for the things and stress of the world—they have no more place in us or dragging us down.
FRUVEG—fresh fruits & veggies which help our bodies and being be more sensitive to the Light and Power of God
FRUVEG—be fruitful & love God lifestyle—the Prime Directive commandments of God for Real, Authentic, Whole happiness—sustainable function, freedom, fruitfulness, fulfillment. "The truth is that it is much more exhausting to seek happiness where you can never find it! However, when you yoke yourself to Jesus Christ and do the spiritual work required to overcome the world, He, and He alone, does have the power to lift you above the pull of this world." - Russell M. Nelson. "If ye love me keep my commandments." - Jesus Christ. The first commandment is to... "Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth and subdue it." The Great Commandment is to... "Love God with all thy heart, soul, and mind. These commandments are one. Through the grace of Christ.. we love God by being fruitful—we are to dress and keep the earth. This is to understand the purpose of the earth and align with such with all our heart. As we are guided and strengthened by the "sufficient" Light and Power of God in doing such we avoid the decoys of the world--clutter and stress. This is the manner or lifestyle of real and sustainable happiness and the cure for all that ails our earth home and family. In authentic honest humility—seeing and honoring our dependence upon God—who knows all things—we discover that man is nothing and that the grace of Christ—His Light and Power—alone is sufficient to make us like Him... unto fullness of joy.
Studios consist of our own productions or and the productions of others that we consider a valuable resource to provide a link to. In our context a studio is the study and production of that which helps us all have and enjoy the advantage of MINimalism+RAW lifestyle and being.
The MINimalism+RAW Studios primary product/production is...
MRS is your JOY OF NO STRESS EDGE to help you have the best... real and sustainable... self social space—function freedom fruitfulness fulfillment. MRS lets you leave behind the STRESS inducing "status quo—rat race" of a life. Join in and invite other join in too.
MRS is EDGEucation and advantEDGE of the blending of two primary features that help you:
- simplify life
- reduce or eliminate stress
- receive more of the Power of Christ
- have a body and being that is healthy and sensitive to God's Guiding Light
- know and keep on God's Path and lifestyle for real and sustainable function, fruitfulness, freedom, fulfillment—happiness.
Two primary features:
MINimalism is being set free from the things of the world. It is about enjoying the practical and miracle No Stress advantEDGE of:
- SUFICE MINimalism—sufficient for needs with its joy and joyful stress reduction and elimination. Too much or not enough both generate stress.
- SUFICE MINimalism—grace sufficient stress reduction and being set free that is provided by Christ alone—no more and no less—His MINistry. With the essential and sufficient "all knowing" help of God... it is about working at dialing one's life to "just-right"—self, social, space. This is reducing and eliminating all other distractions, decoys, and false offerings. It is something we choose, ask God for, and then follow Him and His lead in doing all He asks of us to receive such. Through this process He creates a mighty change in us wherein we have no more disposition for the things and stress of the world—they have no more place in us or dragging us down.
SUFICE is deliberately spelt with one "F" because that is sufficient.
RAW (real, authentic, whole) is the "prime" characteristic of full MINimalism. It is about enjoying the practical and miracle No Stress advantEDGE of:
- FRUVEG Real Authentic Whole—fresh fruits & veggies which help our bodies and being be more sensitive to the Light and Power of God
- FRUVEG Real Authentic Whole—be fruitful & love God lifestyle—the Prime Directive commandments of God for Real, Authentic, Whole happiness—sustainable function, freedom, fruitfulness, fulfillment. "The truth is that it is much more exhausting to seek happiness where you can never find it! However, when you yoke yourself to Jesus Christ and do the spiritual work required to overcome the world, He, and He alone, does have the power to lift you above the pull of this world." - Russell M. Nelson
FRUVEG has a name inspired by FLUEVOG, the name of an extraordinary cobbler/shoe store in Gastown—with its cobblestone street... in Vancouver, British Columbia where I grew up. This is a metaphor for standing on solid ground and walking in obedience to the commandments Of God.
There are four ways to access the MYREDUCE+SIMPLIFY JOY OF NO STRESS EDGE product/production:
1 Website: The website is a growing resource of INFORMation, links, resources, community, and culture.
2 Mastercourse: Mastering MINimalism, RAW, and Media Literacy are essential in this age.
3 Consulting: One on one or small group "simple function" consulting to help you reduce and simplify—self, social, space.
4 Community: We all help one another enjoy better function, freedom, fulfillment with our social media, events, and culture.
First and foremost, MINimalism+RAW Studios is designed to complement, support, and enhance the work of my wife, Tara.
Beyond just body massage, TARAWOOD MASSAGE holistically massages or improves lives.
TARAWOOD means Life Elevated.
TARA means elevated—a noble elevated place with a view; compassion, love, mercy; star.
WOOD means life—tree, trees, forest, food, tree of life, grounding, and ascension toward the light.
MASSAGE means to produce more acceptable results—mend, adjust, shape, manipulate, knead, fit, fashion, or form... with wisdom, prudence, and good-judgement.
TARAWOOD MASSAGE blends MICRONUTRIENTS, specialty MASSAGE, and more... to help lives function at their best. MINimalism+RAW Studios provides additional resources that further help "massage" (manage, adjust, shape) people's ability to function at their best.
In a nutshell...
In each facet of life the goal of MINimalism+RAW of to fashion and fit things... Just-right, On-mark, No more no less, Sufficient, Enough. The Real Authentic Whole component is meant to assure that minimalism does not miss the mark of that which gives us... real and sustainable self social space—function, fruitfulness, freedom, fulfillment—felicity (full-happiness). We help people find this "just-right" sweet spot with looking at their approach to self, their social world—live and online, and their approach to use of space and the "stuff" they fill it with. This is a wholistic approach. Almost everyone lives with excess and lack. Their is deep stress reduction in taking stock of and making adjustments in ones life. The... better and Best... of this approach to life includes what Russell M. Nelson spoke of in April 2022... "Today I would like to suggest five specific actions we can take to help us maintain positive spiritual momentum: Get on the covenant path and stay there, Discover the joy of daily repentance, Learn about God and how He works, Seek and expect miracles, End conflict in your personal life."
Two other primary things we use to help people find "just-right"... are the offerings of TARAWOOD MASSAGE...
When the body is malnourished nothing functions properly and physical, mental, emotional, social, and life stress begin to rise and take over if not managed well. The minimum recommended daily allowance (RDA) of nutrients is simply insufficient in our modern age. This is especial true for for the epidemic numbers of people and families living with central nervous system challenges—stress, ADHD, anxiety, depression, autism, bipolar, brain injury, sensory challenges, panic, schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, etc. The micronutrient formula offered by TARAWOOD is specifically targeted at providing clinical strength broad-spectrum micronutrients for the brain and body. This assures that the true minimum needs of the brain and body are met for proper function. Over the past 25 years this unique formula of micronutrients has helped well over 100 thousand people get their lives back. It was ahead of its time 25 years ago. Today, the science and health communities are just beginning to understand and acknowledge that, far more often than not, the real need of those living with central nervous system challenges is first and foremost... nutritional. They live with sever nutritional deficiency that is often solvable with this proven formula.
Massage is an essential component of body minimalism. Too many people go through life without the advantEDGE of body massage. The purpose of Advanced Clinical Therapeutic Massage is to enhanced function, recovery, and physical well-being—helping the muscles and tissues of the body function "just-right"—without excess stress, strain, and build-up of physical, emotional, toxin, or dysfunctional or locked-up stress, overload, and overworking. In the greater context, massage is to mend, adjust, shape anything for more acceptable results... using smart, wise, adept, prudent, and good-judgement effort and effectiveness.
Together, these three components are about the extraordinary benefits and advantEDGE of just the right blend of MICRONUTRIENTS, MASSAGE, and MINIMALISM+RAW... to reduce or eliminate the stress of excess, clutter, error, and lack—life, brain, body—self, social, space.
Our work is a MINistry or mission to offer people "simple function" therapeutic MINimalism+RAW solutions and the support of our growing community of MRS users. Taking a cue from the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe)... we call this feature of community and culture the MRU—MINimalism RAW Universe-city. We also like the play on words... M aRe yoU—MINimalism+RAW aRe yoU. Welcome to the... real authentic whole MINistry.
There is something about dialing one's life to just-right. Enough... Is Enough. The drag of clutter and excess (and lack of essentials)... spirit, mind, body, social, means, enviro, etc... is the source of STRESS. It is wonderfully refreshing and cathartic to dial your life to sufficient, real, authentic, whole... under the inspiration of the Divine Light that your heart and mind can tune into. There is real JOY in letting go of the STRESS inducing "status quo" thinking, doing, insanity, and chaos that the world demands of all of us.
The future belongs to those...
who learn how to easily tune in to the Divine Light that knows all things... and let It guide, direct, comfort, and influence all decisions. This is real and sustainable Power that... sets free. This is sufficient for needs and grace sufficient + be fruitful and love God. This is the simple tuning in to Divine Light... and having It show you, and give you Power to dial in to and have... the advantEDGE of the sufice+fruveg... MYREDUCE+SIMPLIFY—JOY OF NO STRESS EDGE. Our MINistry is to show you how simple it is. So simple... that your first response may be upsetting as you find yourself wondering why no one showed you how sooner. That is ok. God's timing is perfect. When all is said and done, He shows you the Power, Perfection, and JOY of His Way and Timing. He never leaves you feeling ripped-off.
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