“One of the advantages of being born in an affluent society is that if one has any intelligence at all, one will realize that having more and more won’t solve the problem, and happiness does not lie in possessions, or even relationships: The answer lies within ourselves. If we can’t find peace and happiness there, it’s not going to come from the outside.” Tenzin Palmo.
There is a great connection between Gratitude and Minimalism. Gratitude led me to minimalism, and yet minimalism could very well lead to gratitude. They are one and the same. If you are reading my blog, or any other that contains a perspective on minimalism, then i’m sure your comfortable with the concept.
So then what does it mean to have Gratitude? And why is it such a great state of mind?
Gratitude is a cultivation of complete appreciation for everything you are blessed to have in your life. Material or not. You are able to consistently review what you have, and feel happy that you have it. This includes everything from your stuff, to the internet, to your health, relationships, transportation, food, water, physical body, freedom, money, your job, your ability to think etc.
Being Grateful successfully brings you into the present moment. It brings awareness to how beautiful everything is right now. It stops the constant feed of wanting the next thing, achievement or activity. It allows you to totally appreciate your life as it is. This is a truly liberating feeling. Practicing daily gratitude, and learning to freshly appreciate what you already have, is a powerful tool to increasing your level of happiness. The beauty about this practice is that the results are immediate, and you feel as though you have *enough*.
How does this fit in with minimalism?
Minimalism at it’s foundation level, is about reducing stuff and minimalising clutter to make room for more life. Once this is achieved, you are only left with the things that add the most value for you. In essence, you are obviously extremely grateful for whatever you choose to keep. So you can see how adopting a minimalist philosophy can lead you down a path of greater gratitude and fulfillment. While in my case, my existing path of practicing gratitude, led wonderfully into my newly created minimalist lifestyle.
Do you practice daily Gratitude? Have you thought about the minimalist philosophy? What positive impacts have you experienced?
I would love to hear about your journey.