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Minimalism is about living consciously and with only the things that add value to your life. It focuses less on material possessions and more on relationships and experiences. As Joshua Becker, creator of becomingminimalist.com, has wisely said, "Excess possessions do not increase happiness -- they distract us from the things that do!"
As an aspiring minimalist, this doesn't mean you have to give up all of your belongings. It does mean that you don't put much stock in the idea that what you own will fulfill you.
We all need food, clothing, shelter, education, medical care and other essentials. But we're constantly bombarded by advertisers who want us to buy more than we need, because buying more is what keeps our culture humming along. Unfortunately, buying more also keeps us in bondage to busyness, debt, dissatisfaction, waste, and environmental destruction.
But minimalists know that joy doesn't come from things.
We know that joy comes from love, purpose, creativity, and gratitude.
I hope you've enjoyed exploring the ABCs of Minimalism over the past two months, and that you've found the posts interesting and useful.
I'm very pleased to announce that I've published a book which contains all of them in one handy volume, plus additional material that I think enhances what I've posted here. The book outlines a philosophy for living a good life, with tons of practical advice for achieving it.
It's called Minimalism A to Z, and it's available on Amazon as a paperback and an ebook. Find out more by clicking on the link.
Whether you buy the book or not, please take a look! And if you do decide to purchase, I would appreciate it if you would take the time to leave a short review on Amazon. As you know, reviews help customers decide if a book is one they might be interested in reading. I consult Amazon reviews all the time!
I am constantly grateful for all of you. I appreciate the fact that you take time to read what I've written, and I sincerely hope you find it helpful and encouraging.
With best wishes,