Why are you so in love with simplicity? What’s the deal?” These are questions I’m often asked when I’m in a group setting, and people find out I’m a minimalist. I’m never really sure how to answer these questions on the spot, so I usually say, “I just do”. However, I’m a thinker and very analytical, so naturally, when I’m alone I think deeply about these questions. After sitting with it for a bit this is my answer and thoughts to such questions:
Simplicity has played an essential role, in addition to God and therapy, in my healing in regards to chronic stress, overwhelm and anxiety. I am thankful for the life that has developed from choosing to live simply. I have gained freedom and relief in many aspects of my life. As well as more rest. It has given me the space I need to focus on things that truly matter to me. Things such as self-care, intentional time with God, family, friends, and time to do things I’m passionate about. It has taught me to let go, be intentional, and hold on to what really matters.
What Really Matters
Living simply has not been about de-cluttering and getting rid of most of my possessions. It’s been about creating space for my mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. It’s been about looking within; simplifying, cleansing and healing internally. Naturally, when looking within and doing internal work things on the outside tend to change as well. This internal change has affected my home, my things, and the way I spend my money and time. It has caused me to ask myself some pretty hard questions. Lots and lots of them. One being, “what really matters to you in this life?” The answer has consistently been my health, wellbeing, and relationships. My health, wellbeing, and my relationships concerning God, family, friends, and people within my community are what really matter. The next question has been, “what can I do to cultivate these things that really matter to me?” And, the answer to that question has consistency been…live intentionally. Living intentionally has spilled over to living simply and it has helped me stay true to myself and my beliefs.
What Doesn’t Matter
What other people think! Living a life aimed at pleasing and/or impressing others. Trying to keep up with the Jones’s. Hoarding things that no longer serve me, my family or others close to me. Living in such a manner creates stress, anxiety, overwhelm and access of things not needed.
Simply put, I love simplicity because it reduces stress in my life, and provides me with more time and space I need to heal and live intentionally. My mental, emotional, physical, spiritual, and financial well-being are better because of it.
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