Chris Flynn-Jones

Thursday, 26 July 2007

New website

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Chris Flynn-Jones has a new website at


The Meaning of Life

Filed under: Inspirational philosophy — Chris Flynn-Jones @ 7:46 am

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It talks about Chris Flynn-Jones’ ideas about the meaning of life.

Saturday, 21 July 2007

How to cook brown rice

Filed under: Diet — Chris Flynn-Jones @ 9:14 am

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Friday, 6 July 2007

Catholic Worker Farm

Filed under: Intentional communities — Chris Flynn-Jones @ 9:42 am

This article describes my experience of the Catholic Worker Farm, Hertfordshire, South East UK. The article can be found at

Darvell Community

Filed under: Intentional communities — Chris Flynn-Jones @ 9:41 am

This article discusses our experiences and thoughts regarding the Darvell Community, formerly called the Bruderhof, located in Robertsbridge, Sussex, South East UK. The article can be found at

Brickhurst Trust

Filed under: Intentional communities — Chris Flynn-Jones @ 9:40 am

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Joyfield Farm

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Community living

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Saturday, 23 June 2007

Blogging and materialism

Filed under: Blogging — Chris Flynn-Jones @ 10:08 pm

The complexity of emotions after just starting a blog! For over a year now, I have been inspired to start a blog as a way of interacting with the wider world – sharing thoughts, ideas and experiences, and having others share their own experiences too. After getting back from 9 months of travel three weeks ago, Abi and I managed to set up a lifestyle for ourselves where we both have time to do things that are important to us. This was my opportunity to start my website!
I did my research, asked my dear friend Tim for some advice, resulting in this website here. It took a couple of hours to set it up and post my first blog as a tester. That was enough for the first day.
Once the blog was set up, I noticed a slight reduction in the inspiration I had felt for writing posts. In the previous month my head had been full of ideas of stuff to write and post, but now that I had the website set up for it, some of the inspiration had disappeared. What was going on?
I chatted with Tim and his wife Charletta and my wife Abi about it and came to the realisation that part of that inspiration I felt was to do with HAVING THE WEBSITE! Having it, one for my own, setting it up, colours, pictures, text – having that space. I think it was a feeling of excitement toward having something that I wanted, which I think I have felt towards acquiring new material objects, but this time a cyber-desire.
Analysing it now, I think what I partly felt was a disappointment in that having the website wasn’t as fulfilling as I expected. Maybe this is the typical emptiness that materialism can leave you with – of not having enough, not being as fulfilled as expected. As I realise now, the website in itself is nothing – it is just some screen with different colours and shapes on. What really matters is the effort I put into it and the resulting sharing of ideas and experiences that occurs through it. This is obvious to me now, but I was surprised that I had accidentally once again fallen for the promise that something in itself is meaningful, when actually the thing is a tool and the real question is what you’re going to build with it. So I have now realised it is time to invest in what I hope will be meaningful – the sharing caring and interacting thing. And that’s what I intend to get on with.
My wife Abi and I have been chatting quite a lot about materialism recently – the roots of it and ways to deal with it best. You can read about some of my ideas at the ‘Materialism’ page.

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