The Art of Minimalism

The art of minimalism? In today’s world, minimalism has become an art form. It’s not just about having less stuff; it’s about living life with intentionality.

Sometimes less is more. In this blog, I explore how to live with less by cutting down on material possessions, living in smaller homes and apartments, and simplifying our lives.

My goal is to help you live a more intentional, less cluttered life. I am exploring topics such as decluttering your home, detoxifying my mind, buying things only needed and living in smaller spaces.

Minimalism means a lot more than the generic definition of just living with the things you need. It is centred around what is important and removing everything that distracts us from our core purpose. It focuses on your intentions and thus can have striking improvements in many areas of your life, e.g. family, personal, social, official etc,.

The art of minimalism

First, minimalism is not a new concept. Cherishing simpler living and focusing on the inner self can be traced back to the beginning of human culture, both east to west. From Greek and Buddhist philosophers through the great renaissance man Leonardo da Vinci, to the Transcendentalists, Gandhi, minimalist principles have been embraced and cherished by people all over the world for a long time. This will give you an idea of how far back the principles of reducing belongings are in order to gain in areas of more importance. Our current age of fast-paced living just reignited these traditions, not created them.

Minimalist posession

Our modern culture has unintentionally set the standard that living a happy and good life comes from the accumulation of many things, e.g. contacts, wealth, gadgets, etc. The more you have, and the big you have, the more happy you are with the assumption that happiness can be bought. 

However, every belonging requires some sort of attention or energy towards it and with minimalism, the idea is to be more aware of the belongings we have and their effects. Minimalism gives you freedom from wanting to possess, with the focus being on other areas such as experiences, explorations and inner peace..

The art of minimalism is a continues process

Minimalism is a mindset shift, just like any other area of focused improvement. When you decide to get healthy, it requires you to change your mindset from food and habits. Since minimalism has a strong emphasis on prioritization, it naturally continues into other areas of your life. So, while you may start off by decluttering your home, you end up also streamlining your schedule and prioritizing your relationships. Your mind filters things differently from a built practice.

The idea of I

We live in a fast-paced world where we have access to everything 24/7. We go from one activity to another or multitasking many things at the same time. Mobile phones have meant we are constantly connected to everything and everyone. This is where minimalism helps to put things in perspective as it slows things down by focusing on the important matters. With the ever-growing use of social media, we live in a world where celebrities are idolised and their lifestyles are envied by large portions of society.

Minimalism is rarely promoted as much, but it can still be an attractive way of living. The inner voice helps us to consume less and have more enjoyment with important things whilst still striving to being successful.

Minimalism begins with the mind. Whilst definitions can vary, the goal isn’t to just remove everything but more about evaluating what are the most important things you value. Minimalism is the idea of I.

Conclusion

I have now a deep interest in a minimalist lifestyle, not only to lessen the stress of the abundance of too much stuff, but the absolute freedom “less” provides. 

It’s about focus. Deciding about how you live your life, what makes you happy, how you spend your time and money. Letting go of the in-between, the commonness, the things that add nothing to your life and well-being.

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