The art of minimalism
Starting a new job in the big city has shaped my new found love of podcasts. This love has blossomed from discovering The Minimalists on Spotify. I’ve only listened to a few tracks so far but I have already found their discussions so enlightening and shine a positive light on my mornings. Being able to tune in to their laid back attitude and calming conversation has really blown an uplifting air around my tube commute.
I don’t know what exactly drew me to their podcasts in the first place but I’m glad that I followed my curiosity and decided to have a listen.
Previously, from my limited knowledge of ‘minimalism’, I would imagine someone who basically owns nothing. I think empty white rooms with only the bare essential, monochrome clothing with a single pair of every item and, to probably be feeding the stigma, just a lifestyle that seems pretty boring.
However, minimalism isn’t actually anything about that. Sure, if your goal is to live with few material possessions then minimalism can help with that. There is nothing inherently wrong with owning things. The problem seems to be owning too much due to the excesses of consumerism around us. We assign too much meaning to the physical things we own and have smaller regard for our passions and our personal growth.
What minimalism is really about is assessing your priorities; a way of ridding yourself of the non-essential so that you can live a life with more intention and focus on what’s really important, what gives our lives meaning and what brings us joy and value. Its all up to you as the individual to determine what is necessary in your life.
Its simply about de-cluttering the figurative rooms of your being in order to clear space. Clear away the distractions and unnecessary obligations so we can create incredible things. Instead of being bombarded with noise, there is peace and quiet so we can concentrate on our thoughts and how our actions can bring us happiness.
After listening to these podcasts, I didn’t turn around and immediately think I am going to become a minimalist. Instead, I took away some of the core principles they spoke about and decided that my own self development would be better off by incorporating them into my life.
So often I have found myself stressing out over shopping lists or how I’m going to organise the things I own. Being able to filter through the superfluous and only focus on the necessary has really given me a big sense of relief.
If you’re interested in what I’ve spoke about, have a listen and let me know your thoughts!
Edit: I also did not realise that a documentary exists and its on Netflix, so have a watch.