Minimalist living is in opposition of mainstream cultural norms, often in conflict with the way most people live in the consumer-driven society in which we live, however, there is more pleasure in owning less than is possible in pursuing more.
Consider just some of the benefits of living with fewer possessions.
Freedom to live life on own terms
Many value the power or right to act, speak or think as one wants. Living life on your own terms has become even more valuable in the ever-demanding life we live in and the sense of freedom that comes from owning less is truly living life on your own terms.
Own less stuff so you can choose the work you love!
Time for things that matter
It’s very difficult to know what to focus on if you’re constantly in motion, running from one thing to another or even attached to some object or other. Letting go of items you don’t need or no longer use is the first step towards making time for things that matter. Once we let go of the things that don’t matter we discover all the things that really do. Let go and let good things flow to you and through you. Buddha put it perfectly when he said,
In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.
Happiness is being present and finding joy in every moment. In our current world many people have happiness attached to material possessions; declaring that those possessions make them feel satisfied, fulfilled, content and that life without this or that is not life. If you have everything the world can give – pleasure, possessions, power – but lack peace of mind, you can never be happy.
True happiness is an inner quality. It is a state of mind.
Finding the balance between owning and letting go of things will also make you more productive and will help set a good example for children.