Minimalism is intentionally living with only the things we really need—those items that support our purpose. We are removing the distraction of excess possessions so we can focus more on those things that matter most.
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That is the short, elevator-pitch answer. Yet if we go deeper into this, minimalism can be explained in 8 simple principles.
- IT IS INTENTIONALITY
It is marked by clarity, purpose, and intentionality. At its core, being a minimalist means intentionally promoting the things we most value and removing everything that distracts us from it.
- IT IS FREEDOM FROM THE PASSION TO POSSESS.
Embracing minimalism brings freedom from the all-consuming passion to possess. It steps off the treadmill of consumerism and dares to seek happiness elsewhere. It values relationships, experiences, and soul-care.
- IT IS FREEDOM FROM MODERN MANIA.
Becoming a minimalist slows down life and frees us from this modern hysteria to live faster. It offers freedom to disengage. It seeks to keep only the essentials. It aims to remove the frivolous and keep the significant. It values the intentional endeavors that add value to life.
- IT IS FREEDOM FROM DUPLICITY.
A simple life is united and consistent. It has learned a lifestyle that is completely transferable no matter the situation. It is the same life on Friday evening as it is on Sunday morning… as it is on Monday morning. It is reliable, dependable and unfluctuating. It works in all circumstances. It is honest and transparent.
- IT IS COUNTER-CULTURAL.
While most people are chasing after success, glamour, and fame, minimalism calls out to us with a smaller, quieter, calmer voice. It invites us to slow down, consume less, but enjoy more.
- IT EXTERNAL as much as INTERNAL
After the external clutter has been removed, we create the space to address the deepest heart issues that impact our relationships and life.
- IT IS COMPLETELY ACHIEVABLE.
Becoming a minimalist is completely achievable. Typically, those who are generally interested in knowing more and take the time to ask the follow-up questions are drawn to the principles of a minimalist lifestyle.