I was having chat with my colleagues about Minimalism and suddenly I remembered about this article that I wrote 2 years back. The conversation was pretty interesting and a few new thoughts came up that I have added to this article. If you are not aware of the concept of Minimalism then this article is going to help you understand it.
Minimalism is doing something in just the right amount. This simple statement is very hard to live by, especially in today’s world. Today the world is more superficial and likes to show off in every way possible. I’m not talking about everyone but the majority today is like the same.
In this article, I will talk about living a minimalist life and its benefits. Nature itself teaches us so many things and the fact that Minimalism is The Way of Life.
What is Minimalism?
It is very easy to understand the concept of minimalism.
Minimalism is doing, having, giving something only when it is needed and in the right amount.
It is applied in everything that we do every second.
Every person has different needs, therefore, minimalist lifestyle is not common to all. It depends on and varies in accordance with the person.
Minimalism is the thing that gets us past the things so we can make room for life’s most important things which actually aren’t things at all.
It is not about how much you have a materialistic possession of things but the things that actually matters the most.
Minimalism is more of a tool rather than a concept which has the power to change your life completely. It can free you from fear, overwhelm, guilt, depression… most likely you will experience a state of a real freedom.
Do not confuse it with the concept that material possession is bad. It has more to do with the deeply related meaning that people attach to the materialistic goods nowadays.
People tend to give a lot more importance to the material things in their lives, that they sometimes compromise with their relationships, health, passion and forget the fact that they are here for much more instead of being confined to themselves.
If you want to own a big bungalow, GREAT! Go for it.
Do you want a car? Superb! Make it happen.
As long as you are sure that these things are what you want then there is nothing wrong with it. Minimalism approach helps you in better decision making.
How can Minimalism help us?
- Eliminate our discontent
it can help you understand yourself better. If you know yourself better, then you will know your needs. Minimalism can help to in getting rid of the access so that you can focus and channelize your energy into the most useful thing in your life. It can help you to eliminate discontent.
- Reclaim our time
if you have understood the concept of minimalism, then this tool can work for you and bring you wonders. You will not be bound to your excessive desires and needs and life a more meaningful life. You will find ways to give yourself more time and isolating yourself from the noises outside.
- Live in the moment
you will become more aware of the present. You will start looking at things with the purpose to understand it rather than letting your senses and desires drive you. This way you will learn to live each and every moment of life. Live in the moment simply means to stop worrying about the future and remembering the past, it means to make decisions on the basis of your current situation and needs. It is a continuous source of happiness.
Pursue our passions
in this fast growing world full of competition, people often overlook themselves. They spend less to no time with themselves and thus, creates a state of loneliness. In the process, they tend to loose themselves. They forget the most basic need of their life, i.e., PASSION. Always pursue your passion. It is the voice of your inner-self, the purpose for which you are sent to this world.
- Discover our missions
once to learn to hear your inner voice, you start to see more clearly. You discover your life goals and start proceeding towards achieving them. You discover your missions. You elevate yourself from the unwanted trash and attractive substances which can hinder your path, rather you start to see your life goals more clearly and finds a path to reach there.
- Experience real freedom
to have real freedom according to Van Parijs, an individual must:
not be prevented from acting on their will (i.e. they must have traditional negative freedom); and,
2. Possess the resources or capacities actually to carry out their will.
Grow as individuals and Contribute beyond ourselves
if you have found a way to stay content with what you have then you will find more time for yourself. You will have more time for your health and personal relationships. You will start to grow as an individual. Seeing you happy, more and more people will try to come in your network, thus, you will help others to realise the same. You will start to contribute towards society rather than becoming a part of the never-ending After all, we are Homo sapiens, and contributing towards our society is our greatest purpose.
By incorporating minimalism into our lives, we can experience the everlasting happiness- and that is what we are looking for isn’t it?
We all want to be happy.
Minimalist search for happiness not through things, but through life itself. It is up to each one of you to decide the meaning for your life. Whether to choose what is necessary over the superfluous is up to you.
Share your minimalist story with us in the comments below. What is your take on life?