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The deeper meanings of minimalism you’ll want to embrace



Daniel Esparza - published on 03/18/24

Minimalism is not about becoming devoid of possessions. Instead, it’s about aligning our belongings with our values and purpose.

The season of Lent invites everyone to embrace a spirit of simplicity and focus on spiritual and moral growth. While traditional Lenten practices often center around fasting from food or other comforts, other transformative exercises focus on embracing minimalism through the intentional letting go of material possessions.

When seen from a decidedly spiritual perspective, minimalism is far from mere deprivation. Rather, it can be a journey toward freedom – a pathway to release ourselves from the burdens of excess that weigh upon our minds, hearts, and homes.

During Lent, the act of decluttering and streamlining possessions can evoke Christ’s days in the desert, creating room within our lives for a truer connection with God, and a renewed commitment to the life He offers us.

The fundamentals of minimalism teach us that “less is more.” By carefully examining our belongings and choosing to part with items that no longer serve a purpose, we not only simplify our physical space but also clear our inner landscape.

In fact, this practice helps us see our own habits in a different light. It is a process of discernment that encourages gratitude for what we have, and reveals the often-overlooked abundance within our lives.

Letting go can be challenging, yes. Material possessions oftentimes become intertwined with our sense of identity and security. Yet the practice of intentional release helps us recognize that our worth does not lie in what we own. As we unburden ourselves, we make room to receive the true gifts of life: love, peace, and an awareness of the present moment.

Minimalism is not about becoming devoid of possessions. Instead, it’s about aligning our belongings with our values and purpose.

It is also about using physical space as a metaphor for inner transformationsomething that monks and nuns have always taken seriously.

During this Lenten season, consider how minimalism can pave the way for spiritual growth and invite you to a life filled with clarity, intentionality, and a deeper connection to your faith. Let this journey be a reminder that true wealth is found not in what we accumulate, but what we choose to release and the availability we create in its place.

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