Embracing minimalism: With a 'less is more' lifestyle

Glen Fernandes | MAY 26, 2024, 01:05 AM IST

Our society is driven by consumerism, the pursuit of more has become the norm. In this midst, it is very much required to encourages us to shift our focus from what we lack to what we have ,which ensures a promise of unparalleled joy. Accepting simplicity allows us to live a life free of unnecessary complications. This isn't just about decluttering physical spaces; it's a lifestyle, a philosophy that advocates for simplicity and mindful living.

Minimalism becomes a tool for achieving mental clarity, allowing us to focus on the present moment. The simplicity of a minimalist lifestyle serves as a pathway to tranquillity. It involves continuously reassessing choices, letting go of unnecessary items, and staying true to the principles of simplicity. The concepts of having fewer things are reinforced by regular practices like gratitude and deliberate decision-making, which have a long-lasting positive effect on one's mentality. Staying committed to the path of lesser things brings lasting benefits. It is an ongoing process that requires commitment. Building habits and routines that align with a minimalist lifestyle, along with a strong sense of purpose, helps individuals to stay true to their chosen path.

Many times, society associates having a large number of possessions with success, social standing, or negative perceptions when someone chooses to live a more minimalist lifestyle. We feel that showing off our acquisitions will improve our social status, so we want to brag about what we have. As a result the pursuit of material possessions often leads to the clutter trap, where the accumulation of belongings becomes an endless cycle. The irony lies in the fact that, in this pursuit, we may lose touch with what genuinely brings us joy.

Possessions often carry emotional weight. We must ask ourselves if we really need every item we own and must simplify our belongings to the bare minimum. When we shed the weight of excess, we make room for a more meaningful existence. Cultivating gratitude for the simple things in life fosters contentment and joy. It's a perspective shift that brings about a profound sense of appreciation for the present moment. As we strip away the layers of excess, we uncover a truer version of ourselves. It becomes a journey of self-discovery, allowing individuals to define their identity based on values and passions rather than external markers of success.

Every stage of life requires the application of minimalism which distinguishes between genuine needs and mere wants. The emphasis moves from boasting about material belongings to building a happy life based on personal values, an intimate exploration of what truly matters.

*Setting quality above quantity promotes deeper more satisfying relationships by giving priority to meaningful connections.

*Encouraging children to prioritise experiences over material belongings fosters the growth of positive relationships.

*Reducing material belongings and emphasising activities that family members can do together to bond and grow.

*Keeping workspaces neat and orderly, which promotes productivity and a healthier work environment.

· Purchasing items only when they are considered essential and fit true needs.

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