ABUNDANT = more space, money, time, freedom & focus
MINIMALISM = less clutter, no debt, fewer complications, obligations & distractions

Do minimalists live in perpetual deprivation like monks or nuns?

Monks with shaved heads and red robes, holding empty plates - walking in a row as seen from above
Myanmar – Monks
Image by worak

A common misconception about minimalism is that it’s empty, boring, barren, or stark. That kind of lifestyle is called asceticism. It is related to minimalism, but I’m not interested in extreme self-deprivation. Some self-discipline is very helpful, but the goal here is to enrich our lives with an abundance of time and freedom. We are clearing away all but the most essential things, so we can free our minds and our homes of distractions.

Minimalism is the practice of finding the balance between the two extremes of either constantly wanting more, or feeling overwhelmed by too much. By balancing and purposely choosing what we allow into our lives, this brings a relief and enhances our ability to concentrate on the things that are most important to us; such as making our dreams come true by achieving our goals, removing obligations so we can spend more time with the ones we love, clearing away the distractions so we can focus on self-development, such as creating inner peace, and improving our minds and our bodies. Making room for these essentials, results in feelings of satisfaction and happiness.

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