About The Minimalists
Live with more value by having/doing less.
As of lately, I’ve been finding myself looking to be surrounded by writers all over the world. I need inspiration from people who are in the field that I’m in and the two that caught my attention, the most, are The Minimalists.
If you aren’t sure who they are, the quickest way that I can describe them, is that they are two guys who advocates for this society to clean up their lives. By cleaning up, they use the idea of minimalism to declutter the out and inner world to change our reality. To be a minimalist means that you’re actively seeking to gain value from value itself, not people, places, or things.
I was first exposed to this idea when I was bored on a rainy day looking for a Netflix movie. I came across their documentary and I pondered the idea for a while. It wasn’t until recently when I was listening to the 10% Happier podcast that I began to take it seriously. Joshua and Ryan’s names were dropped. My ears perked up because I had heard of them before, but it wasn’t until I was told their podcast was about creatives and for creatives. I am a creative. I wanted to know what they had to offer me.
Right away, I left the 10% Happier message, directly in the middle of the episode, to reach out to them. I had to know.
It was two things that drew me in: first, the idea that I can declutter my outter world by transpiring my inner reality; the second, I can be the artist I was always meant to be by just being. I’m going to explore these notions further.
It wasn’t yesterday when my generation, The Millennials, stopped listening to the tried and true bible scriptures. There are portions of us that need more of a “practical” answer than a “spiritual” one in order to change our world.
It isn’t to say that there aren’t many of us who don’t love spirituality, in fact, it is through practicality that we practice spirituality. What we’ve come to realize is that fact is the basis of our beliefs and we exercise the spiritual values of love, honor, duty, justice, and more by adhering to what we can understand. I’ve found, that most of us are practical in nature because of all the information around us. Most won’t believe in something they can’t prove.
With this in mind, we turn to “experts” or people just like us to explain what we need help with. There are no longer people gathering in pews in order to receive the Holy Spirit for answers. Our holiness comes from communal help and healing by way of practical solutions. So, with that, having a social network of those with simple advice is what we use as crutches to carry on. It doesn’t matter whether this network is face to face or online.
I have found, the reason why The Minimalists are so successful in their endeavors, has to deal with practicality in their language. When I listened to their podcast I was taken in by how truthful they were in what they were stating. People choose to listen to their words because what they’re explaining simply makes sense. They don’t rely on “God” to give someone the room to change their life. In fact, they suggest taking away a room in order to feel more space in your life, physically.
The idea of decluttering your world in order to transpire your reality comes from the notion of realizing we live in a world of consumerism. We buy more than what we can afford. We have a habit of emotional shopping. We don’t think before we purchase something. We place emphasis on what we purchase and then never use it again. By taking stock in why we buy what we buy we can learn more about ourselves.
This aids in gaining value from value itself, this means to not rely on objects in order to create a life of worthiness. At times, we may find ourselves believing that we’re “cool” because we own the latest gadget or just downloaded iOS 12. We should be “cool” because we feel it internally, and this confidence isn’t externally driven by the emphasis we place on an object.
I recommend their podcast if you’re looking for a more in-depth explanation of this philosophy. They truly explain the meaning in their episodes about themes that pop up in our daily lives. Such moments when we find ourselves needing compassion, working through anxiety and not hoarding, or even if we just want to hear their understanding of organizing there is something to offer you. It’s for the general public so you won’t have the worries of bad words or graphic themes, but you will learn something new.
When it came to their conversations about creativity I was all for it. They have something to offer to every artist. From the poet, to the painter, and the web page builder you can learn something from The Minimalists.
My favorite podcast talks about creativity. They discuss what it means to be creative in this time and how to advance your passion. I previously wrote an article touches on the idea of “the starving artist.” And, I guess I’m revisiting this because these podcasts help creatives to feel wealth in other areas of their lives.
You may think that what you’re giving back to the world has no meaning or isn’t worth much. But, one thing that The Minimalists talk about is valuing your own work for what it is. Often, when we’re creating, especially under pressure, we’re creating to please. There’s a nice conversation about how it’s important to realize your work is unique by default. You don’t have to think that what you’re giving the world has to be extravagant, just appreciate it for what it’s worth. That simple notion decluttered my internal world.
You know, as a writer, I’m constantly under a lot of pressure. My peers look up to me, my family expect great things, while professors and editors are down my throat. I don’t have a choice except to create, even when I don’t want to. This line of thinking can, at times, get in the way of the uniqueness of my craft. But, just having The Minimalists in my headphones as I’m blogging helps to center me.
They serve as a reminder that it was from blogging that they started everything. They make me realize that their blog drew in people from all over the world simply for being authentic. Their authenticity came from thought, messages that helps others, and realizing that creativity is a gateway, not a trap. It can feel as if our creativity can take us to the sunken place. A hole where we’re spiraling down just to become great at what we do, when in reality, it should be a place of peace.
I send this message out to every artist looking for a podcast to call home. They have messages they can get you through. There’s everything from writing, to budgeting, to compassion, and even fear. What about those fears of failure? It was earlier today that there was a discussion of being addicted to losing. As an artist, we’re always forced to lose. It is losing that makes us better and better each time around. How come we don’t give up? It’s because, as stated, we need to lose. Our human complex needs moments of conflict in order to either grow or walk away from the craft all together.
A topic that caught my attention, within Fear, dealt with changing careers. As a writer, there are so many different places that I can go. But, it’s important to not think too much of missed opportunities. I should be open to something that may expand my horizons. It’s important to always remember that creating can take you places that you never imagined. You can’t fear all the places that you may go and won’t go. Don’t be afraid to change jobs or find a new career. This is why I like to separate my work from my skills. If you would like reference to my discussion of this then please read this article.
What I’m stating is that they approach the same topic with enthusiasm. They challenge the artist to not define themselves by one career or one job that could last a lifetime, rather, leap into the water. Don’t be afraid to see what’s beneath the ocean because you never know what new skills you can add to your palette. And, most importantly, remember to always create along the way. Never allow the fear of failure to block your work.
If anything, you have to have an open mind in order to make work that will add to your skillset. Be adventurous and most importantly, realize that your fear of performance can hinder you. If what you create isn’t “good enough” then keep working on it. Don’t stop. Do not grow stagnant in learning more about your craft.
I’m so glad that I stopped listening to 10% Happier just to discover new voices, new leaders of our generation. And, don’t get me wrong, 10% Happier is an amazing podcast and if it wasn’t for that platform I wouldn’t have been so inspired to write about The Minimalists.
If you can’t tell, I can relate to them, our values align, and more than that, their messages are universal. I strive for knowledge that can be applicable to all areas of my life, especially my life as a creator.