What is Minimalism?
I honestly don't know if there is a clear definition of it. Everyone interprets it differently, but for myself, if someone were to ask me what it meant, I would reply with
"Only possessing things that make me happy and brings me joy. Removing all the clutter that doesn't serve that purpose".
This includes owning physical items and being in a state of mindfulness.
So how did I get into Minimalism?
Hmmm, thats a loaded question but here it goes...
I started working as an engineer making good $ at a pretty young age. At age 19 I was already making a 6 figure salary working at one of the best tech companies in the Silicon Valley. While most of my high school friends were still in their early years of college, I was living the high life buying whatever I wanted, going out to wherever I wanted to go, and accumulated so many "things" that I didn't know what to do with. Then about a year and a half into my job I got hit with a massive panic attack which started tumbling me down to a series of anxiety and depression episodes.
What scared me the most is that I had nothing to be anxious, sad, or depressed about. I had a great job, great GF, and a butt load of things that (at the time thought) would bring me happiness.
While trying to deal with these anxiety/depression episodes I came across meditation and mindfulness. I noticed the days I meditated were the days that my anxiety was significantly less. I ended up meditating for one whole year and wrote an article about it. I truly believe practicing meditation and mindfulness is what ultimately got me out of the weird funk I was having.
Fast Forward a few years later..
The definition of Mindfulness: "a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment". I realized there was so much clutter around me. While browsing around the Mindfulness Reddit channel, someone posted a documentary called "The Minimalist".
After watching the documentary I started to do more research. A lot of it made a lot of sense, since then I have adopting a more minimalist lifestyle.
"Declutter the things that don't bring you joy to focus on what is important in life."
There are definitely extreme minimalists out there (some dude owning only 2 underwears -__-) but I'm not one of them lol. I am still trying to find the balance. Please follow me into this journey if you would like to learn more!
Dealing with anxiety => Started practicing mindfulness => Led me to Minimalism