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“He who is contented is rich” – Lao Tzu
We usually think that money measures richness, that if we have money we can buy everything or own everything. We don’t always know that we can’t own everything because every time we buy things or have money we will ask for more and not be content with what we have.
Money, houses, cars, gadgets, clothes, and so on are not the basis of the richness of a person. Material things can’t substitute the riches that love can bring; the love of family, friends, the people around us, and even nature. Richness is being content with what we have and where we are.
On the power of letting go
"I follow four dictates: face it, accept it, deal with it, then let it go." – Sheng-yen
Facing up to a challenge, accepting it as such, dealing with it head on. These are hard things to do.
Harder, for most of us, is the concept of letting go. Letting go of possessions. Letting go of anger. Letting go of control. Letting go of preconceptions. Letting go of attachment.
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01 – Podcast
On the latest episode of the Minimalism Life Podcast, New York Times–bestselling author Joshua Fields Millburn reads and discusses his essay "Off-the-rack self-righteousness."
02 – Community experiences
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03 – Share your experiences
04 – Brands anchored by simplicity and sustainability
Minimalism can be about frugality and owning less, but it can also be about supporting ethical brands with sustainability at their core (less but better). Here’s several that you might be interested learning more about.
Stiksen: premium minimal baseball caps from Sweden
Oda: the modular everyday bag and essentials
North89: shoemakers designing for Scandinavian weather conditions
Dalgado: timeless accessories made to last
Gant Lights: minimalist designed lights
ASKET: ending fast fashion by making covetable everyday essentials
Nordic Knots: rugs inspired by the beauty of the Nordic light, colors and landscape
Oliver Cabell: minimalist Italian footwear and accessories
Plainandsimple: circular t-shirts that are certified organic and ethically made
Void Watches: Swedish watch brand
Non: recycled and organic denim
OM-SE: natural active skincare made freshly in Sweden