If you believe the minimalist lifestyle disallows you to take advantage of all that is available in the modern world today, let me explain to you why I journeyed down this road. At the heart of the matter, minimalism is an enabler, not a disabler. Here’s to changing your perception of this small but might word- let’s deep dive into the countless benefits of minimalism.
It is marked by Intentionality:
Minimalism brings a higher sense of clarity and purpose to all those who pursue it. At its core, minimalist living denotes the intentional promotion of what is most valuable and the subtraction of what distracts from that.
It is marked by clarity, purpose, and intentionality. At its core, being a minimalist means intentionally promoting the things we most value and removing everything that distracts us from it. It is a lifestyle where intentionality becomes imbued within you. As a result of this, you begin to see improvement in all areas and aspects of your life, even those that had become stagnant. Intentionality looks different from person to person as no two individuals are the same. It’s a very intimate practice that requires each of us to become deeply familiar with who we are. We must learn to take on an introspective stance when it comes to the values and passions we hold.
It is freedom from the Passion of Possession:
Our new age society has well and truly bought into the lie that life becomes fuller and more meaningful with the accumulation of possessions- items that are ultimately unnecessary and cannot affect change in our lives. They believe the good life is found within this compulsive desire to own and upgrade. The truth of the matter is quite different- less is more and more is not necessarily better. We must check ourselves and challenge the notion that happiness can be purchased at the shopping centre or found externally of ourselves. When we inadvertently subscribe to the idea that our internal fulfillment can be bought, we begin a never ending cycle of dog chases tail. At times we may think we’re close to true joy but it is merely a hope. Modern society has all the wrong ideas. We have been trained countless times and become programmed to have this false belief. Particularly dangerous is how we then go on to influence others.
Here’s a small, everyday example: Imagine you head to your favourite local fast food chain and order a meal. By the time you are required to choose your drink and its size, you have already been offered a large. Why would you decide to downgrade from there when it’s much easier to agree with the employee? Even in situations such as these, your choices matter. After all, you are encouraging and building a certain mindset.
Embracing minimalism brings lasting freedom from all that consumes a person. You begin to step off of this tiring treadmill existence and make independent choices. You find yourself daring to seek happiness elsewhere. By way of this, you notice an improvement in the quality of your relationships, experiences and the way you care for yourself. You are able to see more clearly the abundance of blessings bestowed upon you and how priceless they truly are. You become one with the attractive frequency of gratitude.
It is freedom from Modern Mania:
Our world runs at an absolute feverish pace. We are too hurried, too impatient, too rushed and too stressed. We pass by opportunities all the time as we fail to recognise and approach them methodically. We work long hour to pay the bills whilst falling deeper in debt every day. In general, we commit the majority of our time to pursuits we have no interest in but feel obligated to keep up with. We rush from one activity to another at an unsustainable pace that leads to eventual burnout. Along the way, we fail to resist the urge to multitask and once again are not present in the moment. Yet, we still wonder why nothing of significance gets done. We remain in constant connection with others through our device but find real life relationships elude us. We cut off our own access to the resources and community that feed our souls.
Becoming a minimalist slows down life and frees us from this modern hysteria of needing to live faster. It invites us to disengage and reconnect with what is truly important. It seeks to keep only the essentials and do away with the rest. It aims to remove the frivolous and keep the notable. It places great value on intentional endeavours that add value and substance to life.
It is freedom from Duplicity:
This state of being isn’t intentionally chosen but holds people captive nonetheless. Chances are, you or somebody in your immediate circle lives in duplicity or has a double life. One life is lived around family, one life around coworkers, peers and friends and another around neighbours and acquaintances. This lifestyle they have chosen requires that they portray a certain external image dependant upon their circumstances and the front they wish to uphold. In reality, they are experiencing inner turmoil, being tossed and turned relentlessly by the demands of others and the most recent marketing campaign. A simple life however is united and consistent with your truth. It is transferrable and looks the same day to day. It is the same life on Friday evening and Monday morning. It is reliable, dependable and unfluctuating. It works in all circumstances and is honest and transparent.
It counters the effects of Popular Culture:
We live in a world that idolises celebrities and prominent figureheads in the community. After all, they are living a life of constant newness and excitement while we go through the motions and sort through the same old. They are photographed for magazines, interviewed on the radio, recorded for television and more. They are propped up on a pedestal and their lives held up as the golden standard, envied by many and achievable for few. People who live simple, no frills lives are not championed in the media in the same way. They are not celebrated as they are part of a new society rebellion. They fail to fit neatly into the consumerist culture that is promoted by the media, brands and the leaders of today. Yet, somehow, it is the people leading simple lives that have gotten it all right. They do not have the same demands and expectations placed on them as they aren’t in the spotlight, yet they lead lives that are attractive and inviting to the right people.
While most of our society chases glamour, success and fame, we must choose to be guided by the smaller, quieter, calmer voice that is minimalism. It invites us to slow down, consume less and enjoy more. It reassures us that we are good enough and may come forth as we are. When we meet someone enlightened who lives a simplified life, it becomes clearer that we have been chasing after the wrong things all along.
It invites us to do the Inner Work:
Transforming our external reality is one matter while working on our internal development is another entirely. The minimalist lifestyle is all about helping people take the next step of finding true freedom and unity. Embracing this lifestyle is well and truly a matter of the heart. After the external clutter has been removed, space is created to address the deepest heart issues that impact our relationships and the way we show up in our lives.
Most importantly, it is Completely Achievable.
The minimalist lifestyle requires no big leaps or bounds. You will not fall into it unprepared but will step gracefully into a healthier lifestyle for your mind, body and soul. Becoming a minimalist is completely achievable and I stand as living proof. Fundamentally, I am no different to anybody else nor am I any better or worse. I just found minimalism and it pushed me out of my comfort zone, aiding me in my journey of self discovery. I have embraced minimalist living entirely and can say without a doubt that I would never go back to life as it was before. I was used to clutching on tightly to all I owned and yet lacked appreciation for it. Essentially, I was overcome by too much of a good thing and had become blinded to its value. Minimalist living is simple and has no airs and graces. It is personal and unique to anybody and everybody willing to seek it out. It can become your perfect fit easily. There is no set rule book or guide you must follow- it’s a matter of following your heart and choosing to give yourself the gift of what you spent years seeking out unsuccessfully.