Have you ever thought about:
How much of a high-tech phone do we need for calling?
How many clothes do we need for one season?
How big a room do we need for one person?
How much furniture do we need for one room?
Modern human beings are constantly exposed to numerous advertisements. We are told that ¨You are not cool enough without the newest products, the successful experience, the costly icons, and so on¨. People are inescapably affected by celebrities or net influencers, thus trapped in endless desires for money, fashion, fame and success.
To achieve that, we rush the time, work hard and pay the bills, but fail to truly enjoy life. It seems that our world appraises consumerism as the ultimate happiness achieving. It is a common question for us:
What are the essentials of life?
How to create our own ideal lifestyle?
What is minimalism?
“Simplicity, clarity, singleness:
These are the attributes that give our lives power and vividness and joy
as they are also the marks of great art.”
- Richard Holloway
Whenever your physical space is filled with stuff, to the point of annoyance, you may ask yourself ¨Do I need all of this? ¨ If the answer is ¨no¨, then ¨Minimalism¨ is the exact solution you are looking for. Minimalism is a philosophy to get rid of materials.
Minimalists believe that we can access happiness and fulfilment beyond materials. Originally, Minimalism was exclusively a concept from the art world, that manifest itself by simple lines, structures and colors. Likewise, the minimalism lifestyle reinforces the essentials of life by removing the attention of unnecessary items.
Practice minimalism is a way to redesign the life and rebuild our mindsets.
A change of perspectives
You may be curious about ¨…So…to be a minimalist, does it point to own less and not buy anything new? ¨
The answer is ¨ Could be, but that is just the surface¨.
Literally, Minimalism means ¨Own fewer possessions, less stuff ¨,
but what matters more is to change the way and the perspectives we think.
Joshua Becker said ¨ being a minimalist means intentionally promoting the things we most value ¨. Minimalism is marked by the inner clarity and right state of mind. You are clear about your purpose and passion, less influenced by the external chaotic situation. That is an internalized condition that leads us to take back control of our lives.
Colin Weight said: ¨ Minimalism is about the reassessment of your priorities so that you can strip away the excess stuff.¨ That is what Minimalism really talks about, to live with things you really need and declutter the possessions, ideas, relationships and activities that don’t bring value to your life.
After removing excess stuff, what will minimalism keep? Passion. You will see how passion brings you unprecedented happiness implemented in your life by dedicating yourself. Saying goodbye to impulsive buys and non-purposeful chases, you will invest your time and effort on your real hopes and dreams, to seek a greater life. It will help you by make you start thinking about ¨What matter most to you?¨.
Check here, and you will find more advantages of changing perspectives and designing a simple life as a minimalist.
Minimalism Challenge: Project 333
You may build an impression about Minimalism now. To better understand the minimalism lifestyle, I will introduce a minimalism challenge named ¨Project 333¨ to you. Project 333 is the minimalist fashion challenge that invites people to dress with 33 items or less for 3 months. The method of Project 333 is to remove stress from life simply by reducing the number of items in your closet.
What Minimalism means to us?
Minimalism's main benefit is to bring people back to the essentials of life and recover the mindfulness. As Anthoy Ongaro said, ¨ Minimalism is how I reduce distractions in my life so I can do more of what matters.¨
Also, Courtney Carver mentioned the power of simplicity in her book ¨Soulful simplicity¨. She said ¨ Give yourself all the space, time and love to remember who you are¨. An increasing number of people find that Minimalism helps them slow down life and free themselves from trivial items.
The fact that minimalism changes people’s lives shows us how living with less can lead to more. That is what Minimalism is about:
Less is more.
Less distractions, more concentrations.
Less possessions, more values.
Less unnecessary, more essential.
Less hysteria, more passion.
Less materialism, more spiritualism
What else do you think of?
If you already feel overwhelmed and tired, why not start by simplify your life a little? Like a minimalist. It is time to discover what matters in our lives and reposition ourselves. Why not begin from decluttering our personal space to make space for soul care, spare the time for the best things, and welcome fresh mindsets.
Afterwards, you will be connected with new experiences, feelings and relationships. At that time, you will have the power to define your philosophy of living and pursuit the things you truly love.
We are looking forward to hearing your stories.