The concept of Minimalism always seems to intrigue me.

Minimalism describes movements in various forms of art and design, especially visual art and music, where the work is set out to expose the essence, essentials or identity of a subject through eliminating all non-essential forms, features or concepts. (from Wikipedia)

This philosophy and principle of Minimalism can ideally be extended to possibly everything. And so we have Minimalism in art and design, Minimalism in music, Literary Minimalism, Minimalism in living, Minimalism in structured writing, Judicial Minimalism, Minimalism in computing and many others.

The underlying thread in all of these is the need for Simplicity. The idea is to strip everything down to its essential quality and achieve simplicity. The Minimalism in living is something that always catches my attention. This concept can sometimes be confusing. I’ve seen people get rid of their stuff as an attempt to adopt minimalism into their lives, then get sad and lonely without their things and then just end up buying new versions of them. Reducing your physical possessions will not achieve everything. Minimalism really is all about assessment of your priorities so that you can strip away the excess stuff – whether it is the possessions or the ideas or the relationships or even any activities – that don’t bring value to your life.

The goal should be to adopt the practices that work for you and help you live a happier life. Minimalism should be approached thoughtfully and in accordance with your aspirations.