Despite what the “people in charge” may want you to think, our commercial and possession-based world is quickly going down the tubes. There is simply too much demand for better products and more of them that the regular everyday people are washing their hands off it and saying “enough is enough.”
Minimalism is becoming more and more of a practical option for traditional families and homes. The best part is, it’s happening for all of the right reasons, and it might be just a perfect solution for this collapsing world.
What is minimalism?
Minimalism is the art of living simply. It’s about prioritizing what you have in your life, focusing on the things that matter most to you, and clearing your home and life of anything else that’s not essential. However, decluttering your life in a society that tells you “more is better” can be hard, even when you’re focused on making it work. It takes time and patience… and a lot of self-restraint!
Minimalism is quickly becoming a lifestyle for everyone, from single people to large families. It shows you how to walk away from the consumerism mindset and focus on the things that matter to you; this way, you can surround yourself with more of those important aspects by decluttering the rest of your possessions and your mindset.
“Any half-awake materialist well knows — that which you hold holds you.” — Tom Robbins
You can start with physical minimalism: take note of all of your possessions and declutter down to the essentials. Then, when shopping, you focus on only buying what you need. Think about whether it’s a want or a need and don’t let a sale sway you one way or the other.
Minimalism is also possible in an emotional way. We are too nice to people who aren't nice to us. We listen to stories that we don’t care about. We are there to help people who don’t ask for it. Emotional minimalism is about cutting those emotionally draining ties and focusing on our lives and the emotions that make us feel good and fulfilled. You don’t need to be mean or cruel to people; just prioritize the relationships in your life that make you feel satisfied and fulfilled. Cut out anyone who drains that energy and replace it with more time for the people who make you feel like your life is moving in the right direction.
More often than not, we have too much on our plates. Between work, home, social obligations, and all the stresses that come with them respectively, our minds get full. Similar to above, it’s important to cut out those thought processes that are constantly draining us, and focus on the ones that make our lives fulfilling and comfortable. Make more time for the satisfying parts of your life and give yourself time to recharge from the necessary stresses. It’s easier said than done, but you have to start somewhere: for example, by learning to meditate or trying to unwind on an art therapy sessions.
How does it change the world?
Minimalism forces us to pay most attention to the things, emotions, and thought processes that matter most to us. It allows us to prioritize each element of our lives and focus on the idea that we will be able to make our lives more satisfying and fulfilling not only for ourselves but for the people around us.
Moreover, it forces companies to change the consumerist way of thinking and focus on making sustainable products that are going to actually serve a purpose in their customers’ lives. Minimalism allows every person to put their trust in a company and know that they are in it for the right reasons.
- The More of Less by Joshua Becker
- Goodbye, Things by Fumio Sasaki
- The Minimalist Mindset by Danny Dover
- Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport
- Minimalism for Families by Zoё Kim
What are your thoughts on minimalism? Have you tried any techniques for yourself? Let us know in the comments below!
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