finding meaning in life and work with less

Recently, I watched Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things and since the first time I saw it, I've already watched it again. That is a very rare thing for me to do, but I became so interested in this documentary and its message. The basis of the film is this:

How might your life be better with less?

There is so much happening in the world today that the concept of less equals more can feel impossible. This year in particular has been an incredibly confusing and chaotic time in so many ways no matter who you are or what side of the story you stand on. When difficult times come our way, we must be physically and mentally healthy to take it on. For me, a part of this lies in the power of meditation and another part lies in my everyday life.

Take moments to hear the sound of your own breathing.

Hard times can be a reminder that we need a solid foundation to stand on when the rug is being pulled out from under us. If we are facing adversity in all aspects in our life, then it can really take a toll on our well-being. Our unhappiness can bury itself so deep that we don't even recognize it anymore. We just keep going on with life, day after day. Filling our voids and silencing our souls.

This brings me to the idea of "things" and "stuff" in our life. I am fully aware that my business is comprised of creating goods, which in a very broad sense can be labeled as "stuff" (although I don't like to think of it in that way). In my mind there is a difference between bringing "stuff" into your life and bringing in valuable things that matter.

In all honesty, I don't think that people will ever stop buying things. Consumerism at its core will probably never completely go away. So if I am to make things in an ever consuming society, I want to make things that bring value. I want to change the way we see and buy material goods. If we can live a more full life with less, than maybe we can have less stuff that's more meaningful, right? What ever happened to having those few handmade possessions that are passed down from generation to generation? We can have things in our life, but they can be things that hold meaning, too. Meaning much more greater than just for material purposes. 

Minimalism can mean something different to everyone. For me, it's a journey to find peace in mind, body and soul. I have been recognizing that peace more and more every time I bring less and less "things" into my life. Our peace begins and ends with us. It's already there, you may just have to dig a little deeper to find it.

(cover photo: averie woodard via unsplash)