Spring is coming upon us and it’s normal that we want to get rid of the things that we will no longer need for the warmer days. Every year, most of us go through this phase where we just want to declutter our personal spaces – hence the popular phrase “Spring Cleaning”. This season, we invite you to not only declutter your space for the season, but to incorporate this mindset into a way of life.
It’s easy to fall into a spiral of material consumerism. It’s no wonder, with all the technology and social media that we spend our time on. If you take a look around – we are being prodded to buy things almost every minute of the day that you are on your cellphone, computer or television. And with all this, it’s easy for our minds to get distracted. In year 2000, the average attention span of a human was 12 seconds. Nowadays that attention span has dropped to 8 seconds, meaning humans now have an attention span of 1 second less than that of a goldfish. Our minds are so easily distracted and our energies are spent between two mental states: rehearsing the future or reliving the past. We lose sight of the only thing that matters: the here and the now.
Let’s take a step back and focus on what is really important to us.
How can we do that? Through minimalism.
What exactly is MINIMALISM?
Minimalism is the intentional focus of the things we value the most and a removal of everything that distracts us from that. It is a tool that can assist us in finding freedom. Freedom from the overwhelming amount of stuff we are used to consuming and the overwhelming amount of information that is fed to us daily. Freedom from feeling buried in material items and mindless automatic negative thoughts. Clutter is draining. So many things and so much chatter and noise can make us feel like there is no escape. And no, we are not suggesting you have to give up ALL of your material items, sell your car and live a life of simplicity in the forest. This is not what we mean.
Try to reflect on certain things in your life. Try asking yourself these questions:
1. What do you care about?
2. What makes your life meaningful?
3. Who are you connected to?
Simplify your life. Love people, not things. Minimalism is just a tool that may allow you to focus more on what is important by getting rid of life’s excess.
Keep the things in your life that brings you real happiness and value
Ask yourself: Am I using this? , Do I really love this?– if these answers are no, than its an excess.
Immediately decide what to keep, return, donate or recycle
Leaving things around on the floor or in their respective spaces in your home keep you from getting rid of them, keeping not just your space full – but your mind full as well.
When you are shopping…
Ask yourself again.. Do I truly need this? Or is it something that you just want to buy impulsively?
Endless research proves that material goods rarely provide for long lasting happiness. Your shiny new car today becomes a burden tomorrow, with never ending insurance payments and maintenance repairs. We live in a time where there is no need to even take out your wallet when you want to buy something. Just a click with your phone or a “fingerprint scan” will save all the trouble you had with punching in numbers of your credit card or counting paper bills. Technology has made life extremely easy for you to forget about what is important and focus on an external attribute for happiness.
Intentional minimalism can help us reclaim our lives again. We can pursue our passions, discover our missions, create more and consume less. We can be more with less. Choose your thoughts, actions and relationships wisely. Let’s embrace simplicity.