I saw this picture today on a website promoting simple homes (http://www.littlehouseonasmallplanet.com/) I really love it. It is so bare yet so cozy.
Over they years I have been paring down. I have not achieved a truly minimalist lifestyle yet. However, I have tried to live with less and experienced the joy and benefits. Owning too many things requires too much energy – maintaining them, worrying about damage or loss, and fretting over how to organise them. Objects are packets of energy and my antennae just cannot absorb so much around me.
I have given up my car for public transport, started borrowing books from the library rather than buying them and tried to reduce the number of handbags I own.
I still have my vices…new dresses and shoes, vitamins that I do not consume and packs of organic and herbal tea that I can never finish drinking.
However, this journey towards simplicity has already started and I know it would be hard for me to reverse the trend to live a “more is better” life. Even if I win a $10 million lottery today, I would still want to live in a small home, and live a modest, eco-friendly life.
I also know that as I give up more attachments, the universe will reveal more of its secrets to me. I hope I can move more towards an even simpler life as I grow older.