Simple living is an art. With a world consumed by materialistic fulfillment, this mode of living is a rarity. All the noise in our life, the greed, and the ruthless rat race don’t give us a chance to connect with who we are.
Our life in the 21st century is more cluttered than ever; we take more than we need and disregard anything and everything that is affected by such behavior, the most prominent example being the Environment.
Why not take a look at a way of living that teaches us to value what is more meaningful and connect to that instead of just a mundane existence?
What is It?
Minimalism deals with the concept of embracing a lifestyle of quality over quantity. It encourages people to let go of excesses and instead find actual value in whatever they need to possess.
It denounces the practice of frugal consumerism and worldly attachments. Minimalism encourages you to connect to life in a more meaningful and holistic way.
In recent times, the minimalist movement has gained a lot of momentum through popular media, documentaries, and news coverage.
But how did this whole thing start? Let’s take a quick look.
How it Started?
The concept of simple living is age-old; however the popularisation and public interest in minimalism were brought about by two friends, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus.
Through their public speaking events, books, documentaries, radio shows as well as podcasts, they made it a widespread initiative towards a more substantial way of living.
It should be made clear that through living a life as a minimalist, nobody is asking you to give up your life and start living like a hermit. Minimalism makes you look at life with a more meaningful perspective.
The Main Philosophy
Simple living translates all the worldly possession into nothing more than meager things. Through life as a minimalist, you use and have only those things that you need. There is a heightened sense of responsibility towards the environment as minimalism leads to lesser use of energy resources and encourages green initiatives.
This philosophy of life lets you connect more with nature and see the real value of all the things that matter, like the relations we have and the people we love.
As Joshua famously said, “ Use things, love people, but not the other way round.”
Minimalism is a way to a humble and more inclusive existence. In our lifetime, we often get disillusioned into putting an excess value on objects than the people we live with. We attach to our clothes, phones, accessories in a toxic way and let the world of consumerism rule us.
We let our life be controlled by the whims and wishes of enterprises that sell us a “good life.” But as the saying goes, “You can’t buy happiness.” So take a break, look around you. Do you need all the things that you own or buy? The excess is just there to create more clutter.
Finding a purpose towards life, something that lets you contribute meaningfully, is much more important than collecting branded tags of a hundred shoes, don’t you think? You can always change the way you live and bring in more quality to your life. Maybe you can give minimalism a chance and connect to your soul, a soul that surpasses every material possession you have!