Posts filed under “Minimalism”

My Tokyo Minimalist Bedroom and Workspace

rss | t | f | g+ The last time I wrote about my minimalist bedroom, I was living in Kobe with a host family. My room was simple – just a futon, a chair and a desk. There was also a piano in the room that belonged to my host sisters, which I would use from time to time. It turned out [...]

Minimalism & The Noble Eightfold Path II – Ethical Conduct

rss |  t  | g+   The next stage of our journey along the Noble Eightfold Path is understanding how Ethical Conduct affects every single aspect of our lives. By conducting Right Speech, Action and Livelihood to the best of our abilities, we can move closer towards an enlightened body, heart and mind. You don’t have to be Buddhist to follow [...]

Minimalism & The Noble Eightfold Path I – Attaining Wisdom

rss |  t  | g+ So here we are on the first part of our journey along the Noble Eightfold Path, laid out by the Buddha to guide us away from ignorance and suffering. In this first part, we will look at wisdom, what it means and how to attain it by practising Right View and Right Intention. [...]

Minimalism & The Noble Eightfold Path

rss |  t  | g+ Buddhism is one of those things, like travel and culture, that you can read all the books you want about it (believe me I have read many) but the only way you really learn is through practical experience. Buddhism is not so much a religion, but a philosophy – a way of living. There are [...]

On Mindfulness

rss |  t  | g+ Three years ago, since starting Minimal Student (on a whim – like most of the things I end up doing), my life has gone through some very distinct phases – I moved away from home, I spent a year abroad in Japan, I came back to England and got my own place… and during [...]

A new home

Over the last few years, I’ve moved home several times, including once across the world. Every time, I had to pack everything I own into suitcases and boxes and drag them into a waiting vehicle, ready to be driven off to my next destination. With all of this work, it’s no wonder I developed my [...]

Minimalize, Focus, Do Part I – Mastering Minimalism

Part I of the Minimalize, Focus, Do series. “Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale Everyone has something that holds them back. It can be something precious, common or unique, something tangible or untouchable, it can be a secret or something everyone knows about. These [...]

A beginner’s guide to one bag living

For many aspiring minimalists, the golden grail is One Bag Living, or what I like to call OBL. It’s a lifestyle that comes from being able to reduce everything you have to only what you need and reaping all the rewards of not being weighed down by junky, excessive baggage. If you’re interested in what [...]

Minimalism and work – a balancing act?

Would you rather eat a dead frog or lick a live one? Most of you will probably know the popular college drinking game called ‘Would you rather…?’ where one has to choose between two (usually horrifying) dilemmas. But apart from being a rather entertaining way to be grossed out by your friends, I’ve discovered it to [...]

Minimalist Meditations – who’s counting?

Most people don’t believe that ‘Big Brother’ really exists. Sure there’s security cameras in a few public places, but there’s not a lot of people that believe that there’s somebody keeping track of them 24/7. Until it’s time to eat a buffet. Then they go crazy. They eat and eat and eat, trying to get [...]