Minimalism : My Spiritual Reasons Behind the Practice
Minimalism is different for everyone – thus, why they practice it has many different answers. I wrote this post for you guys in order to share my personal reasons behind my minimalism approach. Why? Because social media is really good at only showing us surface level aspects. For example : incredible white, pristine, almost empty houses . . . or homes with so much organization and simplicity that they barely look lived in. That’s NOT my minimalism.
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My Minimalism Means Less is More
Less really is more, more often times than not. Less stuff = more space. I’m one of those people who can’t really stand clutter in my home. Almost everything has its own place ; I say almost because we DO live in a “tiny home” at the moment. When we moved here, is when I really embraced minimalism. I had no idea just how much we had. To paint a picture : we moved from 2000 square feet (3bd, 2 bth) into 670 square feet. After I realized how much of the “stuff” I held onto were things I hardly ever used, or completely forgotten about . . . I began to make it a conscious effort to only keep the bare minimum necessities in our home.
Less stuff = more appreciation. When we were moving, and I was bewildered by just how much we had, I realized how blessed I was, to have all these “things”. I was living so abundantly and didn’t even know it. Things that I once loved and were really excited about wound up shoved in the back of drawers and closets, or shoved under beds, or to the back of cupboards. They key phrase being, ‘once loved’. You see, just like people, material things can also stop serving your purpose. It’s GOOD to get rid of things that no longer serve you! (Would your higher self keep wearing underwear and socks that are holey and stained?)
When you get rid of things that no longer serve you, some amazing benefits automatically find their way to you
- Renewed, inspirational, energy! Old things taking up space can cause stagnant energy in a home, which is why you tend to feel so much better after cleaning, putting things back where they go, and cleaning out closets, etc. By the Universe’s Law of Vacuum, when you get rid of something, something comes right back in, in order to fill the space. By not having loads of clutter that causes stuck energy, or by getting rid of old things that no longer serve you, you’re basically inviting a new, uplifting flow of energy.
- An automatic, stronger and deeper sense of gratitude and appreciation for what you DO have. In case you didn’t know, gratitude is incredibly important for attracting the life of your dreams, and more abundance in general! Plus, who doesn’t love that warm and fuzzy feeling?
- Having less makes it much easier to live presently.
- When you get rid of things, you get to give back! Whether you drop stuff off at a Goodwill/Salvation Army, or post to a local free group, etc. you’re giving back – and thus, consciously increasing how the Law of Oneness and the Law of Cause and Effect are working for you. It will come back to you, in some form!
Minimalism made me a conscious consumer
Given my spiritual journey is about increasing my consciousness, this is a very important benefit of practicing minimalism.
I’m aware of the chemicals I bring into my home. The products I use to care for myself, my family, and my home are elected with purpose. When I am consciously shopping for household goods, I need them to meet my criteria :
- Non-toxic for us
- Eco-friendly products
- Biodegradable packaging or packaging made with recycled materials
- Cruelty free
When shopping for anything now, I stop and ask myself : “Does this serve me? Does this serve my purpose? Is this what my higher self would buy?” The reason for this is really simple. Even “little things” like purchases can be in or out of alignment with your higher self. Making conscious choices that mirror what the best version of yourself would do, gets you that much closer to that reality. It really is all the baby steps that get you places.
Aside from that, I also buy things with actual intention. Not because I “have to”. I buy groceries with the intention or nourishing my own human body, and my family’s. Self-care products are bought with the intention of appreciating my body, and taking care of it. Clothing is purchased with the intention of feeling confident and comfortable.
Minimalism makes money management easier. Like most households, we have a budget to stick to. Besides that budget, I have certain amounts to deposit into different savings accounts, plus the 10% I donate from every paycheck. Practicing minimalism helps keep things organized in the financial department. I never find myself browsing for hours in Target and then spending $150 that I didn’t intend to. That’s not to say that I ‘do without’, or never ‘treat myself’ (saving all the money from what would have been unnecessary spending just means I really treat myself). I’m not a tightwad, and I don’t manage my money ‘out of desperation’.
The simplicity that minimalism has added to my budget is phenomenal ; and something I didn’t really consider when deciding to leap into the practice. Being more confident and comfortable in managing your money also shows the Universe that you’re ready for more of it. 😉
My Last, Best Intentional Purchases of 2021
With that said, I just had to share my latest (and last of 2021) conscious and intentional purchases. These have all been game-changers, and I wouldn’t share them if they were any less!
- Wool Dryer Balls – I finally went with the wool balls, y’all. In order to stop using unhealthy, single use, disposable drier sheets and to replace toxic fabric softener. You also get 6 of them if you use this link for (currently) under $10! Plus, you can put a few drops of essential oils on them to make your laundry smell good!
- 3-in-1 Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffuser & Himalayan Salt Lamp – I finally have an office again, and the old diffuser that I used before now resides in our bathroom. To avoid spills and the pure complication of moving it from room to room every time I wanted to use it, I found this gem! And oh my god, I LOVE this thing. The fact that its also a humidifier has really helped since our electric heat is so dry.
- Obvi Grass-Fed Bovine Collagen Peptides – This stuff has not only done wonders for my hair, skin, and nails – but has improved the mobility of my joints too. Plus, the ‘Fruity’ and ‘Frosted’ cereal flavors are bomb. I’m on my second order of this stuff, and I plan on trying all the flavors.
- Organic Mushroom Coffee – I got this for two reasons. One being that I was constantly forgetting to make coffee before bed, or set the timer for the coffee maker. Two being that I actually wanted to quit drinking so much coffee. All you have to do is mix this with water and warm it up, and it’s got the benefits of 7 different superfood mushrooms : Lion’s Mane, Reishi, Chaga, Cordyceps, Shiitake, Maitake, and Turkey Tail. AND, it tastes just like coffee. I actually mix the collagen peptides mentioned above in this, with a splash of almond milk and its amazing.
- Titanium Electric Milk Frother – Alright, even my husband loves this thing. It’s probably the best $12 I’ve ever spent. I use it in the morning to mix my mushroom coffee and collagen peptides but, it’s also good for making protein shakes, and mixing flavor packets into cups of water (instead of stirring with a straw or spoon).
Minimalism has actually given me more
Minimalism has increased my productivity and ability to be present. I don’t spend hours every weekend cleaning, nor do I find myself endlessly looking for something I’ve lost (that I’m not even sure I have anymore… when was the last time I even used that?). Minimalism makes it much easier to appreciate and care for what I already have. Practicing minimalism for me, means being aware and conscious of purchases . . .and the things I’m bringing into my home – Are they safe for us? The environment? In terms of money management, yup, minimalism has helped me there too – and not from a place of lack!
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