Minimalism is often confused with Zen’s habits. Well firstly let’s acknowledge the fact that these concepts are related, and are two journeys of the same goal. When, we simplify our life, we cut back the complexity of what we have and what we own. Minimalism is about the same idea. And this idea is striking back against the growing complexity of the modern world, against consumerism, against the mindset that we need to buy to solve problems; against the idea of more and better; against the idea that busier is better and that we must always be connected.
So what is the fuss about? What does minimalism actually means? Wikipediacly speaking it’s a way of living simple and low consumption life. It even says that people abiding this line can be called as minimalists. I defer that, and defer everything that Wikipedia or any other Google search page results say about this. It doesn’t mean you can’t have a car, or an air conditioner, or a job, or you have to go to any exotic non-pronounceable place and live a life of monk, or can’t lead a happy life with children and a wife for that matter. Neither you have to make a blog, or a video group where you can talk about all the things you left or about to, for the sake of minimalist life or patronizing the path of Buddha.
It’s about nothing for that matter. It does not have demands, or it makes mandatory restrict your life to pure basics. It never was, and never will be. And I would like to repeat myself in the second line itself, It’s about nothing for that matter. It’s about void, an empty space. It tells that empty space is beautiful and gives the wisdom to believe in it. Minimalism is a vision that lets’ us see beyond earthly possessions. And I’m not talking about Moksha here, it’s something else altogether.
Minimalism, as the name suggests gives an idea that to live with minimalistic assets. It’s completely true in a certain sense but it’s ambiguous. It doesn’t give us the full picture. What my though process tell is, it’s not about having less, but having enough. It’s a vague statement, but what I mean by that is it’s about having, what you need – no more, no less and especially no less.
A wise man once said, “All you need is to be happy, rest is just a tell-tale”. And where does happiness comes from? Does it come from owing to our dreams, having the latest sport car, or a beautiful wife, or an important position? Ask them who have it, and you’ll know. Whilst the world is running on a stupid line of marathon and expects you to join the same doesn’t mean you have to. What we’re told from the beginning of our childhood, the lifestyle, the hard work, the success, – random means of being happy comes out in the end as a big lie. Knowing this while you still have time is the solution. And the path to this solution is Minimalism.
And by that I’m not sending out a message that there’s something inherently wrong with owning material possessions. The real problem is priorities; the problem is values that we assign to our stuff. We tend to give so much meaning to these possessions, which we fail to notice what we’re leaving behind. Our health, our relationships, our passions, our growth, our creative process, our desire to contribute beyond ourselves, the idea of infinity – all are left behind, vague and meaningless. No one’s stopping you from owning a house or creating a career. If these things are important enough, then there’s no wrong in doing it. Minimalism simply allows you to make these decisions more consciously, more deliberately.
There’s no benchmark or setback rules for Minimalism. What is minimalism for you, may not be one for the other or vice versa. It is a common myth that minimalism is against human nature. They say that if humans stop wanting more, they will cease progress. Innovations and ideas will be not be efficient enough and everything would lead to downfall. What they fail to understand is the basic cause. What they fail to see is, we deserve more than just constantly waiting for happiness.
So once again what is minimalism? Summing it all up in a single sentence, we would say, Minimalism is an equipment to relieve yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important so that you can find happiness, fulfillment and freedom.
Minimalism helps us to eliminate discontent, reclaim our time, focus on our health and life goals, pursue our passions, discover our purpose, experience real freedom, to create more and consume less, to think beyond ourselves and more than that it helps us to live in the moment. Minimalists search for happiness not through possessions, but through life itself. By engaging the mantra of Minimalism to your life, you can have lasting happiness. That what we’re looking for in the end, Right? Just as the wise man said.
“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” – Socrates