Opening up space in different areas of our life to make room for Gratitude. This week United States celebrates Thanks Giving.
Curated by Helena Herrero L.
Brian Gardner, Founder of No Sidebar, about Minimalism and how to to kick it off during the Holiday Season. Happy Thanks Giving All!
” On the surface, the thought of being a minimalist seems quite simple. All you need to do is be frugal with your spending, live within your means, throw away (or donate) everything you don’t need and move into a tiny house.
What I just described is a stereotype that many have placed upon minimalism for some time. I confess that I’ve been guilty of this mindset myself, and it got to a point where I judged folks who claimed to be minimalists.
As I began to investigate minimalism, I quickly became intrigued—there was a part of me that resonated with the lifestyle I was looking into. The idea that less could be more and living without brings a life of joy was appealing to me.
I came to the conclusion that while being a minimalist is partly what I described above, it’s also more than that. In fact, it’s a lot more than that.
But just like working out and staying healthy, it’s something that requires ongoing effort and a fundamental knowledge of how it should be maintained. We all have different living styles and needs within that, so for each of us the idea of being a minimalist looks different.
For some that might mean purging a bunch of stuff from their lives, and for some it might be just a slow progression of doing smaller things. Either way this is a decision and a journey we should embark on daily, rather than one time.
Here are five things to consider that will help you stay on course:
1. Minimalism allows you to practice gratitude.
Recent studies have shown that those of us who are regularly thankful and appreciative for the good in their lives are likely to be more physically active, feel more content in our day-to-day lives and suffer less health problems.
2. Writing down your goals will help you achieve them.
Why do you want to live a simpler life? What do you crave about it? You need to know the answers before you can make headway. What do you want from this change? Where do you feel the greatest need to slow down and simplify?
3. Creating white space will enable you to pursue what matters.
When you create white space in your life, you remove the distractions that get in the way of who you are and what you want to do. It’s tough to move towards a goal if you have something weighing you down and holding you back.
4. Quiet time or meditation opens your mind to new things.
Quiet time brings perspective and peace, and leaves you feeling grounded and well-prepared for the day. Plunge in your immediate surroundings, actively think about what means the most to you, and treat yourself with some much needed me time so that you are better able to perform your daily tasks.
5. Unplugging your digital devices helps you enjoy moments.
Unplug your laptops, smartphones and tablets and see how liberating that feels. You need time to think and create yourself, and while these tools can be helpful in this regard, their overuse may cut you off from the life you long to have.”
Follow Brian Gardner at nosidebar.com to design a simple life.