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What’s the difference between simplicity and minimalism? I’ve been reading a lot about both lately and I must say it seems to mean different things to different people.
Hey, we’ve even reached the stage where we have magazines based on simplicity and minimalism. It’s become mainstream…and yet, strangely, I found myself swimming against the tide.
I’m definitely not in the same category as one of my friends, who was perfectly happy with a room, some books and his weights.
On top of which, I would never have made a pioneer woman, travelling the countryside in a conestoga…I always loved my hair dryer too much.
So there was me, and there were those who took to whatever their version of simplicity and/or minimalism is, like a duck to water.
The challenge I had, was that neither of these words resonated with me. I couldn’t get a feeling to connect to them. I got the intellectual concept, the idea of less clutter…yes please. Or the idea of slowing down…especially if that means lounging around in a hammock with one of these teeny cocktails in my hand.
It wasn’t until I connected simplicity and minimalism with harmony that my soul sang.
And the concept of simplifying my actions from the point of view am I operating from fear or love was the icing on the cake for me.
I finally got it.
I know, I know, there are times when I don’t always fit in with mainstream thinking and there are times when it takes me a while to get to the essence of why something is so popular.
Sometimes I never get there, and I’m okay with that too.
But now that I’ve discovered the core of what simplicity/minimalism means to me ~ I like it.
It all boils down to energy.
Whatever it is you desire…it isn’t the thing itself that matters, it’s the feeling that’s generated by having the thing, the essence of why you want it.
Those who embrace simplicity or minimalism are probably, like me, choosing harmony in their life. Probably along with a little peace and contentment.
It’s all good. There’s nothing right or wrong with any of these words of course…they’re just words that conjure up feelings within us. And since we’re for ever speaking ourselves into being it’s probably a good idea to choose the words that feel good and in harmony with our deeper selves.
Find the essence of what it is you want and go for that. Doesn’t matter much what we call it…it’s just a label after all.
So if it’s simplicity and minimalism for you…I applaud you. We’re all creating our own symphony as we dance to the music of our life.
Words have different energies, my consciousness interprets harmony in a way that’s…well harmonious to me and once I connected simplicity and minimalism to harmony, woohoo. By George she’s got it.
Which brings me to Ubuntu.
I first heard about this via David Icke and this is from his website:
An anthropologist proposed a game to children of an African tribe. He put a basket of fruit near a tree and told the kids that the first one to reach the fruit would win them all. When he told them to run, they all took each others hands and ran together, then sat down together enjoying the fruits.
When asked why they ran like that, as one could have taken all the fruit for themselves, they said “Ubuntu, how can one of us be happy if all the others are sad?”
Ubunto is a philosophy of African tribes that can be summed up as “I am, because we are.”
I had a greater understanding of the place that ‘harmony’ has in my life. It is about simplicity and minimalism, not just in surroundings but in us. It’s about our beingness, about living in harmony with our world and everyone in it.
According to African tradition each of us have love as a natural internal state of being. To experience other than love takes us out of harmony with ourselves and leads to our own unhappiness and that of our world.
This love within us manifests itself in good deeds, in sensitivity to one another, to caring and being compassionate towards each other and in being kind and generous and forgiving.
Well hey, of course that leads to happiness in our world. Think of the vibration of energy we’re surrounded in. Pretty high on the scale of power versus force.
Bishop Tutu puts it this way:
“Hey, so-and-so has Ubuntu. Then you are generous, you are hospitable, you are friendly and caring and compassionate. You share what you have. It is to say, my humanity is caught up, is inextricably bound up, in yours. We belong in a bundle of life. We say, a person is a person through other persons.
A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are treated as if they were less than who they are.”
We are all interconnected, living in a matrix of mutual benefit. We are all one in the truest sense of the word. What affects me, affects you albeit indirectly. What affects you, affects me in the same way.
Our reality is totally interrelated. And if we all do even a little bit of good every day we are like twinkling lights stringing good together all across the world and the world becomes even more beautiful.
Together we can all be what we are meant to be…our greatest and most glorious self.
Now that floats my boat.
Let’s never be to busy to be able to practice the love and compassion of Ubuntu.
Anyone with me?
Encourage one another.