First, let’s define what ‘spirituality’ is. And the best way to do that, is to say what it isn’t. It’s not ‘faith’, nor is it ‘religion’. And it definitely isn’t dogma, or doctrine or even philosophy. All of those, even faith, have their roots in thought. It is our brain that controls our beliefs.
We choose to be Christian, or Buddhist, or Muslim. We choose our religion. We choose our faith. When we choose, we use logic. Spirituality isn’t logic. We don’t choose our spirituality, we become it. And though our religion and our faith and our philosophies have an impact on that, spirituality is derived from our heart, from our energy source, our chi.
It is entirely possible to choose Minimalism as well. When one looks logically at the way our species has negatively impacted our environment, it is very easy to make better choices. Yet, as I mentioned in the last post, choosing minimalism as a way of reducing our impact on our world cuts us off from the flow of abundance. It is our minds that say “I don’t need this”.
Minimalism, at its’ truest form, is not logic. It is deeply spiritual. It comes from our inner guide, our intuition. It comes from Spirit. When we view minimalism from this aspect, it becomes more than just a trend to reduce our impact on the world. It also looks at the world’s impact on us.
This spirituality has, at its’ core, an understanding of non-attachment. This philosophy states, in a nutshell, not that we should be wary of owning anything, but that we should be cautious of what owns us. Consider that it is just as possible to be attached to a tiny house as it is to be attached to a mansion.
Any time we find ourselves saying or thinking, “This is mine”, we are in the world of attachment. And attachment, to anything, is where the problem lies. Scaling back our possessions doesn’t fix it. It just gives us less things that we own, and less things that own us.
We still feel responsible to ‘things’. This is my house, so I must take care of it. This is my car, so I must keep it running. These are my things, I must protect them. Where before we were attached to ‘getting’, now we become attached to ‘getting rid of’. It’s still attachment.
We don’t fix the underlying issues that create the core of our worries and fears. We still own stuff, and we are still owned by stuff. It may be a lot less stuff, and much smaller stuff, but it’s still a relationship with stuff.
To truly reduce our impact on the world, reducing our possessions provides only a fractional relief. We may feel better about life for some time, but eventually we will come back to find ourselves worrying about something, and wondering if there will ever be a time when we feel truly and completely happy.
Giving up your big house and all your possessions doesn’t do anything to increase your connection to Spirit. Giving up your attachments does. When we release our attachment to everything, our possessions, our feelings, the people in our lives, then and only then is when we find true peace.
And, the best part is, by releasing our attachments, we don’t need to give anything up. We don’t need to go live in a cave and eat locusts and honey, never seeing another human again. By releasing our attachments, we can enjoy whatever life offers to us, thankfully, gratefully, and with honor and respect.
This is the spirituality of minimalism. Let go of the belief that we own, or need, or have anything. We don’t. Nothing is ‘ours’. We may be granted the use of, or the enjoyment of certain items, but we don’t ‘own’ anything. And in that, we also find that nothing owns us.
Here is the true freedom. The ability to enjoy life at its’ fullest. The ability to live a life of wonder and magic, in a state of constant grace. Here is where we find the peace. Stop worrying about what you think you own, and start looking at what owns you.