The Art of Minamilistic Living.

“Life is simple, we just tend to make it complicated.”

Every time I switch on my laptop,this quote is always the first thing that pops up on the screen. And to be honest, there are times when I just skip past it, but then there are times when the acute clarity of this apparently simple, ten lettered sentence sets me on edge, compelling me to question the core of all this convolution we have surrounded ourselves with.

You see, saying “Life isn’t fair !” Isn’t just the end of it. We need to explore, to reason. Perhaps, its really the whole idea of a successful, fruitful life that is actually fractured.

A lot of us has this awful habit of comparing ourselves to the more, accomplished people around us. We begin to measure ourselves according to the set levels of success and perfection they have achieved.

All of a sudden you read some random “10 steps to success” and then you begin to apply them upon you, completely disregarding the fact that every single one of us has a different criteria, a different lock in which, not every key shall fit.

And in doing so, we compromise on our own abillity to develop an independent vision, a vision that solely defines our very being, a vision suited to us and us only.

“Just as the coin cannot exist without its two sides, I would suggest that our world cannot exist without these so called opposites because they give us a spectrum to exist in, a matrix, or framework, that stretches between the two extremes (or polarities) to include every variation of light and shade that we sense or experience in-between.”

If we wallow in the intricacies of existence, we might finally understand how variation is an inevitable part of how we evolve in our day to day life. What works for them, might not fuel your determination, and just like that when the dots fail to connect for you, you just wholly give up on trying, on improving. We panic, we craft the worst version of failure and stick the “Out of Order !” tag onto our brains.

Being the panic stricken immature people we are, we standardize situations, instead of figuring our own way out. And this very standardization , my friend, is the death of innovation, the individuality of one’s being.

Life, if anything, is about risk and if you shy away from that very necessity, then there is no point of complaining. Its just like saying “I’m not in the mood to walk” and then  complaining as to why you are not getting anywhere.

What is essential is for you to recognize your weak points, to become fully aware of their presence and once you have accepted them, you move onto how you tend to them, how you extract “art” out of a thing that holds you down.

That is exactly what I did when I started my blog: A Thought Process. I gripped the pain, the dissatisfaction towards my life and thrashed it on paper. And honestly, it did give me a direction, a route for my thoughts to travel upon.

Now, you might be thinking where minimalism comes in, in all of this. So what I believe is that if we eliminate this constant need to compare, we might eventually come to terms with whatever distorted pieces that we have, and once we do that we might as well see them in the light that enhances their individual beauty, that makes it visible for everybody to see.

“The purposeful destruction of information is the essence of intelligent work.”
Ray Kurzweil

If we apply a minimalistic approach to life, if we keep our expectations more towards the minimum , then maybe the satisfaction, the feeling of happiness we so longingly crave might eventually embrace us.

Next time, somebody asks you, “Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now ?”, instead of painting a bright picture of a flawless life, just step back for a while, push that realistic button inside your head and make a sensible judgement. There is no way you’d possibly be a billionaire, with a massive penthouse, so just stick to what is actually possible, what is practical. Don’t keep on attaching more to the mess that brews in your head, instead simplify and prioritize.

“Edit your life frequently and ruthlessly. It’s your masterpiece after all.”
-Nathan W. Morris

Suppose, you walk into a class, or a hall room full of people and you feel as if everybody is looking at you, judging you for all the wrong you have done, or perhaps, what is considered wrong in their stained version of perspective.

Just suppose, wouldn’t you feel sort of conscious, almost hesitant of every single move. Even if you are that person who never cares about what people say, this unwanted attention would still make you slightly uncomfortable, if not hesitant.

Right? So now shift the whole scenario. You are the person judging instead of them. All of a sudden, that funky polka dot shirt that guy is wearing looks too comical of a sight.

Ask yourself, what changed ?

You see, if you stop taking everything too personally, if you stop making it about you and let the tension dissolve into the surrounding instead, you’ll see how the rigid outburst of negativity inside you will change, and this certainly would ease that strained nervousness that you undergo, it shall entirely change the way you look at things.
Again, you are letting go of unnecessary negativity: the anger, that urge to retaliate. You are eliminating the unwanted, so hence the term minimalism.

The art of minimalistic living is all about channeling your focus towards the significant, about narrowing your effort towards what is actually worthy.

“Eyes blinded by the fog of things
cannot see truth.
Ears deafened by the din of things
cannot hear truth.
Brains bewildered by the whirl of things
cannot think truth.
Hearts deadened by the weight of things
cannot feel truth.
Throats choked by the dust of things
cannot speak truth.”
-Harold Bell Wright

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This was originally posted on “The Perfectly Imperfect Bunch”.  Make sure to check out other amazing posts by some exceptionally talented writers on this week’s theme: “The art of …”.

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9 Replies to “The Art of Minamilistic Living.”

  1. Hi Bisma, this is a wonderful post. I agree that we do have a habit of comparing ourselves with others. We are often fascinated with the idea of other’s accomplishments rather than the journey, and also we forget it is not necessary that we desire the same. Do we actually think what we desire? Or rather we have trained our brains with some utopian situation whenever someone asks for our whereabouts in 5 years.
    We abide by certain principles, we accept the commonness and then we feel dejected. The individuality, as you mentioned is at stake, since our aspirations are not guided by us being an individual, rather a product of the society; to be accepted by the society.
    I believe, it is not always necessary to be in a state of content. The idea, itself is alarming to me, it robs the chance of self-improvement as it invites stagnation. I wonder whether you would agree with this!!
    I loved the way you have concluded the post, the art of minimalistic living does not mean that one has to satisfy with less, rather than keeping oneself focused and continuously work on what’s worth working.
    Thanks for this post, great content.

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    1. You are so right, we fail to allign our passions, our own individual desires with our apparent actions because we are so busy living up to the hollow, empty opinions of society. Today society is just a filthy skeleton of some power driven people and to try to mould ourselves according to their rules and regulations is by far the biggest mistake one can commit. And what hurts is that we know, and knowingly we give into the voice of the majority, neglecting that inner more logical, more sane voice that craves to be heard.
      As much as we humans, desire happiness, if we put in even half the amount of dedication in understanding our pain, we might actually become more satisfied with our convoluted lives.

      Deepak, thankyou so very much for sharing this insightful opinion of yours, with me. I deeply value it. 🙂

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