Has anyone here genuinely committed themselves to a life of asceticism and self-imposed detachment from life (as far as is possible without dying from starvation etc)?
Which books deal with characters of this sort?
I've definitely been planning for it. I'd like to save up enough for some land out in the woods and one of those ten by ten prefabricated cabins, or even a storage shed. I'd use a wood stove and cook beans and rice. I'd scrub my own damn clothes. I'd grow veggies in my garden. Prayerful meditation every day, write every morning and evening.
I've been thinking very often about hermitage, and it's a rather attractive looking lifestyle desu. Renouncing the world for a life of simplicity, humility, and possibly service depending on the type of hermitage I follow. The Russians have it right with theirs, a minimal life and constant availability to help others through listening and work. Share what they have, seeking wisdom, etc.
I am doing it right now, 1 year before going to college. I write in the morning for 6 hours every day, then go to the gym and read for the rest of the day. Maybe watch a movie or tv show if I get lonely. No going out, no girls, no substances.