´There is no path to peace. Peace is the path.´ ~ Mahatma Gandhi, “Non-Violence in Peace and War”
Minimalism as a lifestyle is not a new trend. In fact, many of the world´s top minds embraced minimalism in one fashion or another. Ghandi was a minimalist by situation. Einstein reputedly had a closet full of black suits and white shirts that he ignored when dressing each morning.
Ours is a society that loves stuff. The more you seem to have, the happier you are apparently supposed to be – at least in theory. TV, print, and online media all throw more and more must have items at us all day, every day, making it is nearly impossible to refuse to buy more and more of the latest things while last month´s technology already is obsolete!
But can possessions actually make you happier? Do things provide the fulfilment that advertisers promise and, once possessed, bring the expected feeling of restful satisfaction? Happiness, peace, and serenity do not come with more stuff. In many cases, we become a slave to our possessions. But hey, is not it possible to look at something lovely and have it bring back a memory or provide a sense of Joy? It is all about balance and considering your own mindful personal development plan.
Maintain Your Minimalism
In our consumer world it is becoming more about paring down your stuff. Every six months go through your home, giving away or recycling all that you do not need. You will be surprised about how truly great “giving away” or “letting go of the pursuit” and “simplifying and sharing” make us feel. Forget about the “Jones” next door. Do your own thing and focus on connecting with others and making quality time for people you love that are behind their Blackberries and Nintendo. As we watch these trends shift, we predict that authentic sharing is becoming HIP!
To learn more about embracing a minimalist attitude, read Leo Babauta´s mnmlist blog and miss minimalist who eloquently explains ´being a minimalist isn´t only about white walls and empty spaces. It´s about eliminating the distractions that keep us from fully appreciating life.´ Its about a personal development plan that helps you access your passion, goals and potential in a simplified way!
The Global Alignment Coaching Team