Wednesday, 6 January 2021

What I've been trying to say

There's something I've been trying to say on here for a while but I just haven't quite got the words right. 
 
This week, Josh from The Minimalists said exactly what I've been trying to say.
Society, culture, and media have dragged you away from your nature.⁣
⁣You’ve been told to improve that which doesn’t need improvement.⁣
You’ve been convinced that you are lacking.⁣
You’ve been hypnotized into believing that you are incomplete.⁣
⁣These are lies told to exploit you.⁣
To sell you something.⁣

 
That's the message I've been trying to get across. You're all perfect, there's nothing wrong with you. It's just an illusion created to sell you something. Don't buy into the hype. You don't need to change, you're perfect just as you are. 
 
 
Here's the full message, which really resonates with me.
 
Minimalism is not interested in what you have.⁣
You can buy the “best” bag, bookcase, boots,⁣
but none of that will fill the void.⁣

And minimalism is not concerned with what you don’t have.⁣
“Look, ma—no things!”⁣
Because owning nothing doesn’t remove the void.⁣

Minimalism is not busy with doing something.⁣
Decluttering, organizing, and paring down don’t work⁣
unless you first find peace in doing without.⁣

And minimalism is not focused on becoming something—
job titles and achievements merely generate a thirst for more.⁣

Instead, a minimalist focuses on being—⁣
being someone who returns to the natural order,⁣
to the default state of thriving with less.⁣

This does not involve simplifying “tips” or “how-to” guides.⁣
It requires a deep understanding that you were born simple.⁣
Society, culture, and media have dragged you away from your nature.⁣

You’ve been told to improve that which doesn’t need improvement.⁣
You’ve been convinced that you are lacking.⁣
You’ve been hypnotized into believing that you are incomplete.⁣

These are lies told to exploit you.⁣
To sell you something.⁣

But the Truth won’t be found in any store.⁣
It is unearthed in less.⁣

The Truth awaits in the pause between stillness and awareness,⁣
in surrendering to the absence of wanting more.⁣
It cannot be conjured with the swipe of a credit card.⁣

Simplicity is not a task—⁣
minimalism is not a destination—⁣
it’s everything that remains when you⁣
let go of the attachment to every thing.⁣

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