Less is more – the minimalist mantra made famous by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe as the ruling principle for his minimalist design could very well be confused for a Zen Koan.
It’s simple, catchy and true.
But you, my young grasshopper, may ask, “How can the simplicity of having less give me more? This makes no sense!”
I shall demonstrate…
Most of us will agree to the fact that we own way too much stuff, and most of these things go above and beyond our basic life’s necessities.
Each thing you own begs to be stored, cleaned, maintained and more, and most people don’t take this into consideration when they decide to get their greedy hands on new things.
That shiny new car becomes a burden when it’s time to clean it, have its oil changed, take it to the mechanic, and more. Then, with each car payment, you start to feel resentment, regret and bitterness toward it, almost as if it was an estranged lover.
The more exotic the car, the more expensive it is to maintain – not to mention the fear and anxiety of having it crashed into, stolen or worse.
You may have bought that printer at sale price, but you’ll be paying out of the wazoo for the ink or toner – maintenance costs.
Let’s say you go nuts and give away all the stuff in your house, you still have to pay to heat, cool, paint, clean all that empty space.
But people are waking up!
People have come to realize that they’ve been duped by the consumerist mind control of the powers that be. They have come to understand that the more crap you have, the more you are a slave to them.
While you may think that you own all this stuff, stuff ends up owning you.
Now, don’t go crazy on me and sell everything and run naked into the wild…
Balance is key.
Things are neither good nor bad – they just are. It is we who must find the balance between what we want and what we really need.
Next time you hold that shinny new something in your hands that gives you that warm fuzzy feeling, remember that you’ll have to store it, clean it, maintain it, and so on.
Also ask yourself, “Do I really need this, or am I letting my emotions sweep me away here?”
Even if it’s a cheap thing, do you really need it? Will it end up just taking up space, both physical and mental? Because that’s another thing… Objects take up more than physical space and energy, they take up mental “space” and mental, emotional and spiritual energy. There is spiritual energy attached and “stuck” to each and every one of your your things. These things occupy your thoughts, even if at a subconscious level, and stress you out, weighing heavily on your peace of mind.
Compare a river battling many rocks in its path, clashing and trashing to move ahead with the clean, gentle flow of another one with no obstacles in its path. Keeping our environment clean and clear of extraneous junk, gives a calm and peaceful flow to our lives.
So here’s the simple equation:
less Stuff = MORE Peace! [ less IS more ]
More free time.
More peace of mind.
More spiritual equanimity.
Simple + Life = Peace