Faith and Minimalism: A Practice

Humans have faith in a lot of different things/gods/goddesses and to me that’s totally cool.  Different strokes for different folks.  The most important thing to me is faith in something bigger than yourself.  This will come around to Minimalism so hang in there with me for a few moments.

Faith:  Complete trust or confidence in someone or something-from the Concise Oxford American Dictionary.

Spiritual:  of, relating to, or affecting the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things also (of a person) not concerned with material values or pursuits-again from the Concise Oxford American Dictionary.

I believe its important to have faith in something and that in that faith of something to have a spiritual practice of some sort to back it up.  I believe that its important for us as people to practice some ethics whether an internal code or one already written.

And this is why:

People benefit from a spiritual practice, as far as I can tell any spiritual practice increases confidence, lowers stress, strengthens internal ethics and helps build compassion and love for the whole world, and we all know we need more of that around!

How it relates to Minimalism:

To me, minimalism can be a spiritual practice of sorts, aestheticism, simplicity, even some austerity all at some point or another were praised by great thinkers, philosophers and clerics of many denominations.  People like Emerson, Virginia Wolfe, John Muir, Edward Abbey all creative folks, many focused on pursuing a life of meaning, some devoted to nature and being out in the natural world.

There is something deeply akin to Minimalism in religious austerity, and simplicity for the sake of creativity.

But without faith in something, even faith in yourself you will never finish and will never reach a state of simplicity or minimalism.  You have to believe you will and then you can!  This is to me a spiritual practice that I need to remind myself of regularly.  Minimalism is a practice.  It takes constant attention and curating objects, diligence in what to allow into our lives.  Even how we spend our time.  This is why for me Minimalism is a path more than a destination, a constant striving to live within the framework of simplicity, which is as odds with most of American culture.  And as with any path it meanders, it curves, there are road blocks, obstacles and internal things we have to deal with to succeed and this is why we need faith.  The belief and confidence that we can finish.  That we will, finish.  And that we will begin to live a life of continual curation…a sort of finish until we start, sort of idea.  Because the jettison of things we own, that’s just the start of the journey…

Author: the1slowminimalist

Writer, Poet, Buddhist, Licensed Massage Therapist and nomadic wanderer.

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