“Every breath we take, every step we take, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. The question is whether or not we are in touch with it. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh
Are you wondering what all the minimalism hubbub is about? Sure, decluttering a little is good, but why are so many people obsessed with it? Is minimalism as wonderful as they say it is? Yes. If done right, living simply does more than free up time and space; it brings serenity to our lives.
Of course, I’m not saying that if you become a minimalist, everything will be peaches but the cream. Life will always have its hardships, from annoyances to tragedies.
Nor am I saying that donating half your possessions to Goodwill will make you content. Learning to live with less stuff is part of the journey to simple living, not the destination. Minimalism isn’t just about how much – or how little – we own. It’s a lifestyle.
“But when I say Success I mean the sublimated kind; A man may gain it yet be on the dole. To me it’s music of the heart and sunshine of the mind, Serenity and sweetness of the soul.”
– Robert William Service
So what is important for minimalist living? How can we bring more serenity into our lives? Science suggests the time, money and energy we save by having less stuff are best used in ways that bring meaning to our lives and the lives of others.
- Be mindful, aware of what’s happening now both inside us and around us.
- Learn to experience flow in our work and hobbies.
- Practice gratitude.
- Build and maintain strong relationships with our friends and family.
- Make the world a better place. Volunteer. Commit random acts of kindness.