Minimalism

Although I heard about it before, I just watched Minimalism: A Documentary about the Important Things. The philosophy of minimalism is easy: Get rid of the crap! Keep the things including furniture and clothes that give value to your life. Do not fall for consumerism. Do not focus on the obsession about materialism that others might follow as the result of the expectations of society. Quality over quantity. This way, you will have more time to think, meditate, and appreciate. You will have less responsibility toward “things” you actually don’t even need. This is not a new concept but it is hard to learn it while we are taught to do the opposite.

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I became a minimalist without knowing it. It started when my recovery did. I had to leave a lot of things behind when we moved but I also kept it simple. We donated clothes, decorative items, and tools that we didn’t use anymore. I even gave up things that were related to old memories because they lost their importance. We only have pieces of furniture that are truly necessary. We have become happier with less.

I am curious why this mentality appeared when I started my journey of recovery. If you have experiences with minimalism, I would love to read them ๐Ÿ™‚

 

7 thoughts on “Minimalism

  1. Yes! You got around to watching it! I regret to inform you that I haven’t checked out headspace yet. Although, I’m still rocking a little bit of that insight timer. Isn’t that doc wild? Well, we’re trying to give away a lot of what we have that we don’t need. We’re also looking into all sorts of renovations using re-claimed things. And just raising our kids with awareness.

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  2. I usually chuckle at the minimalist crowd. Just seems like one more way to separate people and give them something to compare and contrast – “who is more minimalist?!”

    If I’m working the third step, I can have my $5,000 bicycle and smile when I ride it too. And my $4,000 bicycle, and my $2,000 bicycle. Oh, and my $700 and $200 bicycle too! Let’s not forget those! I think I digress… Yeah, I just don’t do “minimalism” Well. I’m pretty good at happy though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. That way of thinking (who is more minimalist) is the same as the “hey, get more stuff because others have them too”. Minimalism is not about giving up precious collections or other things that you value. You love your bikes and that is awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. yes yes yes!!! this has been a part of my journey this past year. and my favorite blog is http://caitflanders.com/ She is thoughtful and careful about how she uses the term minimalism, but she also explores her relationship with her buying habits with a 2 year shopping ban. ๐Ÿ™‚ thank you for sharing your thoughts as well in this post!

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  4. I am not when it comes to clothes.
    Everything else, I have no problems giving things away.
    In fact, I keep my house decorations very simple.
    But clothes…hmm.
    I want to, but then they are a way I express myself. Almost like a painting, or a tattoo.
    However, I DO have too many yoga tops, and too many jeans!
    xo
    Wendy

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