Living in a tidy house was something that I have always appreciated. Along the years, I noticed how much the environment could affect my mental state and sense of organization, and vice versa. I also realized how much I enjoyed having only what I really used and needed, although I used to keep things that reminded me of a great moment or a lovely person, such as letters, postcards, pictures, and drawings. I actually kept all that for many years of my life, always with the excuse that those were special. And there they were, taking up space and bringing me a feeling of nostalgia.
About four years ago, when I and Vasco got together, we both went through a detox phase, as if we wanted to “clean our lives” as much as possible. So, although both of our houses weren’t properly full, we sold many things we didn’t want anymore. Actually, we spent the last years getting rid of what we thought as superfluous things and investing only in what really mattered to us. It came to a point that whenever someone visited us, we were asked if we were about to move, as our place was so empty compared to the common homes out there. In fact, we identify ourselves with the idea of a temporary stay, because we are conscious about our temporary experience on Earth, and our eternal living essences that constantly move throughout life as a whole.
I can feel the true happiness and relief in discarding obstacles. That’s how I see things which have no utility for me, even if once I had attributed them value. Life is this moment, nothing else. If we keep looking at the past, constantly bringing it to our reality over and over again, we get stuck in the vibrations of something that may stop us from evolving, especially if it has a negative impact on us. Life is supposed to be forward, not backward.
Every time we think we now have exactly and only what we need, we find one or two more things to discard. It is actually very funny because it is a continuous state of choosing and letting go. I can assure you that both are precious feelings. One gives us the sense of being able to write our own reality and the other allows us to elevate and align ourselves to our Higher Consciousness, as we see ourselves clearer and clearer.
We both like small houses. We are practical beings and, again, what matters to us is to use everything, and this also applies to the house divisions. We can live in a bigger house, but in that case, it will probably be a big open space, with only a few things here and there. We can see ourselves living in a treehouse as well, eh eh, wouldn’t that be fun?
More and more I realize that the most important parts of a house are the windows because they are the ones that bring light into our indoor lives. That light (sunshine or moonlight) is what makes us really open our eyes and peer through the curtains (and by the way, we don’t have curtains, eh eh). That light is what calls us back to nature, the one we are made of. And of course, I’m speaking from an indoor perspective, because the best and really indispensable part of a house is always the outdoors, preferably a wild garden, where we can feel nature as it is and create whatever we wish.
Now living in Viana, we see ourselves eating on the floor all the time, whether eating outside in our garden or inside on a beach towel, using hands or chopsticks. This is particularly interesting, because when I was little I used to have fun eating with huge disproportionate spoons or forks, and once I was introduced to Chinese restaurants, chopsticks became a significative part of my life. I always loved them.
We don’t have television, big closets, microwave, big tables or ironing board. Even the oven and the stove, we hardly use them nowadays, as we eat mostly raw. Yet, we have plants, yoga mats, laptops, a fridge, a piano and the best blender ever.
Like everything in life, minimalism comes spontaneously. And when it happens and we consciously embrace it, it affects all aspects of us. It becomes part of our personality, direction, and sense of being. It is part of all our choices and decisions. It is a matter of priorities, a way to feel less and less what we don’t want and more and more what we really want. It is the process of simplifying what is already simple, but yet is covered with everything that is complicated. It is the discovery of the wonderful free spirit we are.