Minimalism – Simplify your Life
- By getting rid of anything that is not useful, beautiful or joyful
Minimalism provides flow, strength,
beauty, clarity, contentment, and simplicity.
Minimalism is a way of life encompassing
simplicity and uncomplicated existence -
compared to the world of the ego, which is almost always expansionist.
In minimalism the dominant force is subtlety of
feelings that bring peace and calmness to the heart - It offers simple
structures, clarity, poise, and an uncomplicated philosophy, which leads to
Our modern society is built on action, activity,
glitter, glamor and sensationalism - The perception is that active people are
considered smart, productive and interesting.
Indeed, a certain amount of action is
necessary each day as a means of being responsible for ourselves, in expressing
our creativity for our personal joy and in the sharing of our creativity with
others. However, we have become a
society addicted to action, believing /feeling that to be idle is sinful and a
waste of time. As a
society we think we must always be doing something. Otherwise, what good
are we? By doing we establish observers
who may look in awe at the magnificence of our actions.
This satisfies our ego’s need for
recognition and provides us with a sometimes false sense of worthy
all, we are doing something, so we must be important - right?
Unfortunately, more often than not, the concentration and energy we need and use
for all the endless and often senseless doing
causes us to lose touch with our inner feelings. We
lose touch with our inner being and our true essence,
with what is truly real and important in life.
The solution to remaining in touch with your
inner self is to avoid creating so many obligations, or so much activity that
you lose your true self in the action -
Don’t allow yourself to be drawn in by
your own ego or the influence of others into activity and obligations
that don’t honor or serve you or anyone else in any particularly useful way.
Strive for effective and pleasing activity, not
activity for activity’s sake. Changing your focus to that of simply being at
times, instead of constantly doing, you will find that lightness, clarity, and
freedom to just BE, become very important to you. This brings
you a sense of peace and harmony.
You feel more balanced and more aware of what’s real and important.
A minimalist lifestyle involves direct action for
those aspects of life that require and deserve a dynamic approach, and no
special action the rest of the time -
Through planning, order and clarity you can reach
maximum potency with minimum effort. You can avoid almost all
superfluous action. Once you don’t need all the things the ego demands
that you need, you are free to work a
little, to engage in some things that matter, engage in a few things that don’t
matter just for the fun and joy of it. . . or, don’t engage in anything at
Create space and free time where you can get in
touch with your true inner self -
Take time to observe your surroundings and to
get in touch with what you are feeling. This will help
you develop your inner being and an inner knowingness of that which is real and
of genuine value to you in your daily happenings and doings.
As you develop your inner feeling, your inner
being, you will know what you want to create in your life - You will know the
actions necessary for this, as well. All else will become trivial to you, and
you will refuse to waste your precious energy on that which society deems is of
The minimalist approach is an unemotional one -
You become emotionally detached to that which
is not authentic and not of true value to you or anyone else.
You should have things you need and like around
you as long as you are not attached to them -
You can enjoy them
for whatever purpose they serve. However, you must release them in your
mind so that your material surroundings do not have a hold over you.
Get rid of all the
useless, energy robbing clutter and all the extra stuff you don’t need and that
which is perhaps causing you senseless work and stress - you become more
fluid and able to adapt to changing circumstances.
The center point of minimalism is flow - It is the act of moving through the world in a calm and balanced
way - focused and unhurried, yet productive in meaningful and authentic ways.
Do not overindulge or waste anything, including
your energy -
You have all you
need and even some things you simply want, yet, you have and appreciate only
that which adds real value to yourself and others. If something brings you joy and a sense of well being, then it is
worth having. If it causes you needless stress and worry, then let it go.
Surround yourself with only quality essentials, but, do not deny yourself
the few things that add joy and beauty to your life.