Why is Minimalism Important?
Hi again, dear readers. It’s been a while since I blogged. This on again, off again pattern is not new to me. My ADHD brain can only consistently keep so many things going at any given time and lately life has demanded more time and energy than usual. But that doesn’t mean I have stopped learning! In fact, this break has reinforced something I knew but that I now know on a deeper level.
The Quakers have a saying:
Listen to your life.
Don’t you love that?
Listen to your life.
When I first heard this saying, it resonated deep in my bones. Life is distracting, after all. It is easy to listen to the noise, the shuffles, the urgencies, the emergencies, the entertaining, the loudness. But when we shift our attention to other things, we sometimes lose the tune that is our own life.
This happens to me a lot. I get sucked into life demands and struggle to simultaneously listen to the tune of my own life. I eventually always come back to my life, my own center, my own heartstrings. And every time I come back, the same themes, the same topics are there, patiently waiting for me to give them the respect and attention they demand.
My songs, my loves, are not yours. That’s the beauty of it. We all have our gifts, our interests and our desires to bring into the world. So, here are some of mine, the repeat songs that I’ve heard over and over and over in my life. Sometimes the songs sound a bit different but the tune remains the same, steadfastly waiting for me.
- Mental Wellness
- Holistic Integration
I am reminded again of why minimalism matters to me. You may have different reasons to pursue simplicity and that is okay. But I’d like to share the reasons minimalism is akin to spirituality for me.
- Through minimalism I am intentional about what is and is not important in my life.
- Through minimalism I purposely say no to things/people/ideas that are not meaningful to me.
- Through minimalism my mind is less cluttered making me more present.
- Through minimalism I have less stuff to shuffle and organize allowing me mental space to just be.
- Through minimalism I devote my energy towards things I choose, not just things that are in my face.
- Through minimalism I spend money better—I buy from people and companies I want to support.
- Through minimalism my space is (usually!) clean and organized without much work on my end.
- Through minimalism I touch base and spend time with people I care about.
- Because of minimalism I want to consume less.
- Because of minimalism, I have money for learning and classes – things the whole family values.
Minimalism matters. It keeps showing up, reminding me that there is so much value and even sacredness in intentionally choosing what we bring into our lives.
I cannot wait to show you what I’ve been up to from beautifying my closet to eating cleaner to decorating my house to deepening my meditation practice.
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