Slow Living vs Minimalism

What is minimalism?

Minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important — so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom.” (The Minimalists)

It is the intention to attach less meaning to things and more significance to people, experiences and purpose. What this means in practice is getting rid of most of your things and living very simply. Some minimalists aim to have less than 50 possessions at any time. If you think about what is in your wardrobe, never mind the rest of your home then you will realize that is quite a challenge.

What is slow living?

Slow living involves going about your life at a slower pace so that you can concentrate and be fully involved with the things that really bring you joy. It is an intentional way of being.

This can involve getting rid of lots of your things, simplifying and letting go of what doesn’t serve you. You need to be self aware and know what is going to be rewarding for you.

 How is minimalism different from slow living?

Both work to achieve a similar result—create space for the things we value most and rid yourself of excess distractions. However, minimalism is earmarked by the idea that less is more, whereas slow living focuses on slowing down in the interest of disconnecting and increased presence. 


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