Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it. It requires a conscience decision. It is a counter-cultural lifestyle that stands against the culture of overconsumption we live in.
The world we live in is not friendly to the pursuit of minimalism. Its tendencies and relentless advertising campaigns call us to acquire more, better, faster, and newer. The journey of finding simplicity requires consistent inspiration.
For that reason, I hope you will make an effort this weekend to find a quiet moment with a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy some of these hand-picked articles to encourage more simplicity in your life.
Why I Decided to Sell Everything I Owned | Relevant Magazine by Allison Vesterfelt. As I rounded the corner toward the end of my twenties, I realized I had a lot of stuff I didn’t need, didn’t want, and was weighing me down. I was feeling sort of stuck.
So You Need that Smart Cuckoo Clock for Christmas, Do You? | The Guardian by George Monbiot. Is this the western world’s society, spending ridiculous sums of money on conspicuously useless gifts to enhance our social status?
A Serving of Gratitude May Save the Day | New York Times by John Tierney. An insightful, well-researched article on the importance of gratitude with or without the presence of a season to celebrate it.
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