The above shlok is from Subhashita Manjari – 8.53, highlights the ancient Indian philosophy of minimalism i.e. less is more. Desires are boundless just like the universe. The journey to fulfil one’s desire is everlasting because as we fulfil one desire, another creeps in.An individual likes to bike first; then he wants a scooter, then a motorcycle, etc. if one cannot regulate his yearning and becomes a slave to them, he has to be a servant to everyone to fulfil his desires. On the other hand, When you are a master of your wants, then you are a master of the universe because you don’t foresee anything from anyone.
What is Minimalism?
Minimalism is intentionally living with only those things which one requires to support their purpose. It’s the process of decluttering your life and your surroundings from excess possessions so that one can become more mindful and focus on things that matter most.
To put it simply, being a minimalist myself, while buying stuff I ask myself this question “will I be needing this particular product 3 months down the line?” if the answer is yes, then I go ahead with the purchase. Mind you this does include purchases made out of utmost necessity. Thus, minimalism is a tool to find liberty from worrying, from guilt, from overwhelm, from depression and most importantly from the nets of consumer culture.
Does Minimalism is juxtapose of Possession
Generally, people believe that being Minimalist means renouncing possession, but in reality, minimalism is all about experiencing the possession to the fullest without burdening one’s senses with unnecessary materials. In today’s time, we focus on acquiring more and more material possessions often neglecting our health be it mental and physical. We often forsake our passion, our health, our personal growth and our desire to contribute beyond ourselves in lieu of owning more materialistic possessions. Minimalism simply facilitates conscious deliberation of owning possessions. The modern day minimalism is reflection of ancient indian philosophy of living a purpose driven life rather possession driven life.
Various aspects of Minimalism;
The core of minimalism lies in being intentional about the things we consume. It is marked by consumerism of clarity and purpose, which is reflected by improvement in other aspects of our life. Intentionality can vary from person to person but essence lies in introspection of one’s needs and desire.
Minimalism breaks the myth of modern culture of possession culminating into life of blissfulness. Minimalism realign our inner compass for passion of possession to passion of having a life full of purpose. Its soul focus is on vivid experiences. It lets us see all that we already have and reminds us to be grateful. In doing so, we find more abundant life.
Human life is the culmination of various environments that he is a part of be it family, friends, co-workers or neighbors.the portraital of a certain image becomes necessary owing to lifestyle ones want to fit in as per individual’s circumstances. On the other hand minimalism allows us to pursue a lifestyle which is simple, completely transferable and adaptable as per the situation.It is reliable, dependable and unfluctuating. It works in all circumstances. It is honest and transparent.
In a world full of celebrities and influencers, constantly portraying the golden standard of living marked ardent consumerism, whereas, minimalism provides simple life that is fulfilling and at same time is attractive and inviting.
The book ‘Simplify’ by Richard Koch and Greg Lockwood, shares 7 guiding principles to help anyone declutter home and life. This book focuses exclusively on external factors to expedite the achievement of true freedom and sense of blissfulness.
1) Be Convinced
“Our actions will always follow the true desire of our heart. What our heart believes and loves always determines the path of our life. We can mask our true wants for only a short while.”
2) Make It Work For You
3) Jump Right In!
4) Stop The Trend
“You say, ‘If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.’ You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.” — Charles Spurgeon. The author highlights the importance of smart consumerism through a Curated Spending Plan.
It is important to preserve the energy while marching towards goal of minimal life and one way it could be done is through “Recognize your ‘Clutter Collection Sites.’”
6) Share The Joy
7) Simplify Everywhere
Becoming a minimalist is completely achievable, by simply applying practical steps everyday in our life. By incorporating minimalism into our lives, we’ve finally been able to find lasting happiness.
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