Saturday, April 2, 2011

The Minimalist Mindset

Thousands of people around the world are catching on to the benefits of living a minimalist lifestyle. When the economy is in a downturn, and everyone is pinching pennies, people will look for ways to save some money.
But is Minimalism popular only because of the economic state? Or, is minimalism for many families a long journey for life?

Many scientists, monks and religious masters in the past have spoke of the benefits of living a simple life, free of clutter, therefore freeing the mind.

“If one’s life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the elements." The Dalai Lama 1935

Living in modern society makes it difficult to free oneself from the materialist lifestyle, with advertisements everywhere we look, telling us what we have is not good enough. Being content with what we have brings greater happiness than anything money can buy.

“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” Lao Tzu 500 BCE
“It is preoccupation with possession, more than anything else, that prevents men from living freely and nobly.” Bertrand Russell 1872

Possessing more does not equal greater happiness, one must find that happiness through family, friends, laughter and joy.
Showing gratitude, and giving thanks for what we cherish most in life will lead us to peace and freedom within ourselves.

Do you think minimalism is here to stay?

1 comment:

  1. Minimalism is here to stay for me! :)