Before reading this, I want to make it clear that I am not a meditation expert. In fact, I may know less about this topic than you do.
However, despite having limited knowledge about meditation, I still believe that it can help us on our journey towards minimalism.
I realized that minimalism is not just a way to create time and space for meditation. Minimalism is really a meditation in itself.
All man’s difficulties are caused by his inability to sit silently in a room alone. – Blaise Pascal
Meditation and minimalism
Meditation will help you gain a new perspective on life. You will feel a kind of inner peace and find tranquility while meditating.
Minimalism and meditation have a circular relationship. Each creating conditions to facilitate the other.
By embracing minimalism, having less and simplifying, we create time and space to become more aware. Allowing us to be present in the moment.
The life that is worth living is centered on the passions and values we most cherish. And that is why solitude and meditation are important.
By being more aware and present, we become more intentional about what occupies our time and space.
Both minimalism and meditation encourage, support and inspire each other in the development of life. They teach and promote the idea of letting go of attachments.
Meditation teaches and encourages us to stay present and to notice our thoughts and emotions in order to focus only on the essentials.
Minimalism focuses on not clinging to material things. With minimalism, you observe and pay close attention to the items present in your space.
Realizing the value they add to your life, without becoming attached to these things. You become willing to let go of anything that no longer serves you and does not add value to your life.
Focus on the present
An important aspect of meditation is to be present and to focus on living in the moment.
Minimalism encourages us to keep only the things we use or love. Not holding on to things from our past.
Also, don’t keep things to use “just in case” or “someday” in the future. Instead, keeping only the things we use and love in our lives now, in the present moment.
Minimalism shifts our focus to the present moment. We identify what we need and want in our homes and our lives TODAY.
Likewise, meditation focuses on living in the moment. Both minimalism and meditation are processes and journeys, always changing and evolving as your life changes and evolves.
Your version of minimalism and meditation today may be different from how it was in the past, or how it will be next year.
Minimalism creates time and space for meditation. And then meditation, in turn, helps move us towards a mindset that embraces and encourages minimalism.