Minimalist Living – More Confessions from an NPR Junkie
Coming home from a yoga class today I heard the last 30 minutes of On Point with Tom Ashbrook, a favorite fix for this self confessed NPR junkie. His guests were Johsua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, minimalists who travel around promoting this new style of living and are promoting their new documentary coming out soon.
Personally I am in purge mode, wanting to rid my home and my life of clutter. Listening to their interview I’m not sure if this makes me a minimalist or not, I am not planning to move to a tiny one room home, or even give away all of my possessions. I do know that getting rid of junk makes me feel freer, lighter, less stressed. Yes, stuff can stress you out. Where do you keep it, then you have to clean it, worry about it getting stolen, and fixing it if it breaks. So I’m on board with getting rid of the stuff.
I liked the way the guests talked about how you choose the stuff you get rid of. Somethings are easy the clothes you haven’t worn in years, toys your kids have outgrown, anything that is broken and just cluttering up your space. It was also interesting how they spoke about what you decide to keep. The things you keep are the things that add value to your life, bring you joy and don’t weigh you down or keep you from living your life the way you want to live it.
I do understand that many people are living a minimalist life not by choice but because that is all they can afford. I am looking at those who have disposable income, and it makes me wonder how we as a nation have gotten to this state of over consumption? Why do we feel a compulsion to buy, more and more stuff?
Yoga says that we are searching for happiness, our mind believes that when I get _________ then I’ll be happy. After we have _____ for awhile we find we are still unhappy so we look for the next external purchase to make us happy. What yoga promises is that true happiness is inside, ever arising within each of us. That happiness Svaroopa(r) Yoga calls bliss and it is always there waiting for you to tap into it.
So for me getting rid of stuff helps free me up to tap into true happiness, the one I can’t get from the outside no matter how much I spend, but I find on the inside always there just waiting for me.
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