Affluenza: "Painful, contagious socially transmitted condition of overload debt anxiety and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more"
The All-Consuming Epidemic by John de Graaf, David Wann and Thomas H. Naylor
While traveling I was introduced to two types of minimalist: person who was downsizing, focused on having less and spending less and another example is someone who wants to live with less but more importantly want to consume with intention. The latter truly resonated with me.
While it was inevitable to have to reduce expenses so I could afford to experience life at its fullest, I was also starting to understand what sustainable living means and how to achieve home and life that is full of everything I need and not what society says I should have. I still keep many material comforts: high quality, unique finds from all over the world that bring character and life to my space and life.
The minimalist lifestyle is a movement that has inspired people to downsize their homes, sell their possessions, and declutter their massive closets through donation and recycling. Typical household is said to have accumulated more clutter and trash to our planet that it can no longer withhold. Our oceans are crying for us to stop. Our pristine nature is shrinking due to overflowing landfills. Studies have reported that an average consumer has over 150 items of clothing and 80% go unworn! Think about the impact you are creating with all this stuff and the trash that comes in forms of a wrappers and tags.
I would like to think I belong to a generation of well-educated women, feminists, activists, leaders, warriors and healers who favor products made as sustainably, ethically and environmentally conscious. Does it stop there? Does it have to be purchased consciously as well?
Now, everyone has their own idea of what being a minimalist means to them. For me it was important to eliminate noise I was feeling inside so I could be happy with what I have. Letting go of that insatiable desire to have the newest shoes, car, gadget....whatever shapes your unhealthy desire it will manifest themselves.
Where to start?
To live a truly fulfilling, sustainably conscious lifestyle you will need awareness, curiosity, action and excitement. All these elements will help you obtain what minimalistic lifestyle means to you and set you on a right path.
Be patient and soon you will recognize your impact and be proud of it. ૐ
Every day I look for ways to sustainably change my own reflection in order to contribute to rise in consciousness throughout the world. Many of us are questioning outdated standards of society and choosing to live more mindfully from a place of love and compassion. Send me note if you feel the same.