What is Minimalism? Some perceive it as a dogmatic practice for monks or an analogous pious religious role. Some think of minimalism as a tool to save money, or a conscious effort to reduce consumption for the environment. The truth is minimalism is a matter of lifestyle and preference that drives oneself into finding what the word means. Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus have traversed the continent to help others find “their own” answer to minimalism. The pair are known as The Minimalists, and their definition of minimalism is:
“a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important—so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom”– The Minimalists
The definition may resemble that of a Gautama Buddha quote. Thoughts of mindfulness and self-identity can be traced to what minimalism is. To live a meaningful life, is to live a life full of lasting happiness and growth. It is the ability to know what quality values you encompass. Having actions aligned with one’s values can lead to a more fulfilled and intentional life in which you are able to contribute to yourself and to others. Aligning one’s actions with their value’s can eliminate distractions, the superfluous, and disparities that affect quality of life. The minimalism life is a life full of joy and experiences, disregarding the tangible.
Arturo Rojas is a graduate from UNF, currently working on his masters in public health. Arturo believes that consumerism and the negative effects materialism has on the environment, our physical and mental health, and relationships is a public health crisis. He is passionate about the social movement to live with more intention and meaning.