I’ve identified as a minimalist for about a decade. Within this 10-year period, I’ve learned a lot about myself, my life patterns, and what truly brings me joy. In this post, I’m going to focus on the five most important lessons that have impacted me the most.
Lesson 1 – A minimalist space instantly decreases my stress
Whether it’s a yoga studio, a Zen meditation temple, meandering through the SFMOMA, or walking into a hotel room at the Hyatt Place (known for it’s minimalist room decor and, as such, my favorite hotel of choice), I can feel the calm spread throughout my body the instant that I enter.
Perhaps being a highly sensitive person (HSP) (check out my other site for HSP and empathic individuals), has a lot to do with the perception of peace and relative ease as it spreads throughout my body. If you’re not an HSP, perhaps you just sense that your mood is better in such an environment.
Regardless of our position on the empathic spectrum, most of us who appreciate the minimalist movement feel better when we are in a minimally adorned space. The good news is that we don’t have to wait until we travel to enjoy a minimalist environment with its low vibrational energy (a stress reducer), decreased visual distractions, and increased experiential white space. We can live like we travel and enjoy a minimalist environment all the time if we are willing to do the work. [Read more…]