There are many different thoughts we have in mind when it comes to minimalism. Some might think of The Minimalism from New York City, which emerged in the late 1950s on a canvas, others may think of The Minimalism from Europe in their lavishly, yet minimalist interior space, or even The Minimalism from Japan, offering a life with less stress, less distraction and more time to work on yourself. This is the idea anyone would be sold on. But what is minimalism and where does it really come from?
The search of beauty and joy and the gratification in the simplest of forms, helping to re-evaluate our attachments and realigning body, mind and spirit. It keeps us focussed on life goals or at least realise what truly matters and it is through this meditative state that we find the motivation and the drive to push forward. We become in tune with nature, self-cleansing, free of all clutter around us which aids our state of mind. We feel less burdened and rejuvenated and this idea of minimalism thus becomes a way of life as in Buddhism or any other cultural religious teachings.
Minimal interior designs aligns closest to an ideal way of living because, they communicate messages and ideas in a quick and more impactful way. It also encourages us to be more innovative with our ideas and inspire many in the near future to producing the next series of forward thought out designs. Minimalism, is definitely not a new profound concept, however it has been recently more and more in the public eye since becoming a mainstream interest, after possible decades.
And as such, you may have heard terms like non-attachment, things that spark joy or having clear or empty space, or perhaps it may still be something new to you and it is all unfamiliar territory. In a sense the concept of minimalism has been misunderstood and misinformed since it has gone mainstream, losing the purpose and meaning behind it.
But, minimalism stems from deeper roots than simply clearing space or decluttering. throwing things away to have a minimal aesthetic. Figuring out the purpose of the belongings in our home, is it useful to us or is it something which is greatly important to us, or does it simply give us joy from seeing it in our home, are all a pathway to minimalism, but not minimalism itself.
It is about being able to maintain the space to feel like home to us and not a garage from hoarding clutter collected over the years. I think how we interact with the space around us and the flow of energy that we choose to welcome into the space, is extremely important. The loss of energy that accumulates surrounds us, it adds to our already stressful life.
“You’ll never get organised, if you don’t have a vision for your life.” Quoted by Linda L. Eubanks. Linda Eubanks is a mental health advocate specially for career professionals and women, helping them to find their resolve through her decluttering coaching. Self-distancing, quarantine, lockdown was natures call for self reflection out of our busy lives and many of us achieved exactly that.
With an abrupt and compulsory pause on our busy schedules, we could finally tend to ourselves and have the ‘awakening’ to our senses needed to recharge. I think many of us came to realise how dependent we are on our interaction with the world around us, with each other. actually interact with the world around us.
Edited and Written by Iram A.S