On Abundance

It seems like a contradiction, but having an abundant mindset is essential for living a minimalist lifestyle.

The reason why most people buy and keep too much stuff is because they’re scared.

They’re afraid that if they don’t buy something they’re missing out, and if they throw something away there won’t be a chance to have it again.

They have a mindset based on scarcity so they take whatever they can, and they hoard money or clothes or whatever they have in case it runs out, or in case they need it in the future.

But if you thought that there was plenty to go around, you wouldn’t mind having only what you actually needed, because you know you could always get more if you had to.

Which leads us to a beautiful paradox—in order to be comfortable with living with less, you have to believe that the world is full of abundance.

You can always earn more money, buy more furniture, or replace winter sweaters. Be generous with what you have. There will always be more. If you don’t need it, it’s okay to let it go.

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On Kindness

Most people think it’s difficult to make changes in the world.

But every big change starts small. The smallest, easiest thing we can do to make a difference is showing a little kindness.

Imagine if every person you met left your company in a better condition than before. You would be well liked, have good relationships, and genuine friends.

You will lead a happier life. People will remember you as the worthy person you are, and would be much more likely to listen to what you have to say. It’s easier to get people on board if they think you are a good person.

When you show people kindness, you’ll learn lessons about yourself that can only be learned when you see yourself through other people’s eyes.

Let your kindness brighten up someone’s day, and they will pass it on to a stranger, who will pass it onto a colleague, who will pass it onto a loved one… one small act can snowball into affecting a dozen or even a hundred people. That’s how you make a difference.

The best thing is that kindness is free. A smile, a compliment, a thank you note—these are things that don’t cost much. It’s a minimalist gift that keeps on giving.

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On Meaning

What does minimalism mean?

It is often misunderstood as a lifestyle choice, reserved only for the rich who can afford it, for the young who have the time, or for the single monks who want to ditch everything they own.

But in reality, you don’t have to be rich, or young, or willing to live in a cave. You can be the person who works fifty hours a week to make ends meet. You could be retired and want a new start in life. You could have a huge family with all of the clothes and toys that comes with having four kids.

Minimalism is more of a philosophy than just a lifestyle choice. It is a way of thinking that questions the way most of us are raised—to value physical possessions as a way to prove our worth.

Minimalism rejects this. You don’t need a nice car to ‘prove’ that you are successful. You don’t need designer clothes or a holiday home to ‘prove’ that you are worth anything. It’s what you do that matters, not what you have. That’s what minimalism means.

In the same way, minimalism is not about what you don’t have. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to get rid of everything you own. So what if you have a few trinkets, books, or photos you want to keep? You can have whatever you want as long as it adds value to your life.

There are no set rules in minimalism. It’s not a club that says you can’t join unless you’ve reduced your wardrobe to five shirts and four socks. Anybody who believes they deserve a better life is welcome.

Minimalism is about removing distractions, no matter what they are, and it’s different for everybody.

Minimalism is about making room for what matters, no matter what it is, and it’s different for everybody.

Minimalism means a happier life.

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Welcome

Welcome to Minimalist Meditations.

You may be a reader from my 7 year old blog, Minimal Student, or perhaps you are a brand new reader who happened to stumble upon here. Either way, I’m glad you’ve found this corner of the Internet.

Minimalist Meditations is a project that I have been incubating for a long time. I loved writing for my original blog, Minimal Student, which I started at the beginning of my minimalist journey when I was actually a student. Over the past few years, it has built a strong community of readers, and I’m pleased to announce the next stage of the journeythis new site, Minimalist Meditations.

I have changed a lot over the years, and so have the topics I like to write about. You can find out more on my About page. The short version is that I’m no longer a student, and I wanted to grow the blog to include readers who aren’t necessarily students either.

Over the next few months, I will be rebranding the original blog and social media to redirect here, where I will be writing more often. I intend to cover a variety of topics that have become more and more relevant to me since I was a student, such as work, money, time, relationships and more—all with a minimalist perspective of course.

I will publish some of the original Meditations from Minimal Student, along with new posts in the next few weeks, which I hope will give you food for thought. You can subscribe to this blog via RSS or email.

If you have any comments or suggestions, I would love to hear from you. Feel free to comment below, or get in touch with me via Twitter or Facebook.

Here’s to many more happy years of minimalism.

All the best,

J