We are in the age of technology and materialism. It seems as if everything revolves around how bright we can shine or how fast we can go. We have become a hive of busy bees missing out on all of the spectacular things that surround us on a daily basis. Our lives are filled with noise and junk. By practicing minimalism, you can simplify your life, get rid of all of the unnecessary clutter and open yourself up to the light and beauty that your own life has to offer you.
What is minimalism?
Minimalism is a practice that allows one, by ridding themselves of all of the fluff and excess in their life, to maximize the experience of their lives. Yes, practicing minimalism may require you to let go of a lot of the things that you do not need (sorry, you may have to part with all of your electronics), but it is a practice that tends to cultivate a sense of what is important, appreciation, and mindfulness. We know you could use a little space, peace, and enlightenment in your life.
What are the benefits?
- Freedom. Our culture sells us all of these ideas about what we should own and believe. Minimalism is a way of practicing freedom from possession.
- Focus. When we clean out, we leave room. Having room leaves space, literally and metaphorically, for us to focus on what is important. This may mean spending more time focusing on and improving yourself, your health, your relationships, or maybe just focusing less on the hectic world.
- Peace. By releasing the hold that material possessions can have on us, we can reduce stress and create a more peaceful environment for ourselves, which in turn can increase your happiness.
How do you practice minimalism?
- Pinpoint what is important and learn to let go of the rest. Take a look at what you are doing. Where are you investing your time and energy? Are these things that you are passionate about? How do these things fit in with what is most meaningful to you? If it is not important to you, you probably do not need it as much as you think you do.
- Repeat after us, “no.” Learn to say no to things that are frivolous, time consuming, and do not line up with what your personal commitments. It is okay to say no, we promise.
- Simplify, simplify, and oh yes, simplify. You do a lot every day. Try to break things down so that they are not as complicated for you.
- Be present in your own life. Spend some time reflecting on your life and focusing on the here and now.
The practice of minimalism is a great way to simplify your life while reaping some wonderful personal benefits. It is a practice that you can adopt at your own pace as well. Challenge yourself, find three ways to simplify your life this week. Good luck!