Started 28 years ago when my husband had a vision to buy property and have all of his family live around each other and help one another. So we bought property with his parents. I love my in-laws for this. They believed in him and his vision. Though through time it wasn’t us that would be with my in-laws it was his younger brother. We were called to move out of California. When you move somewhere away from what you know and all of family all around you it not easy. But we did it. And now today 21 years later I see why. It was our journey to take first. It was our mistakes to make along the way so we could grow and stand on our 2 feet and our faith with God. We envisioned a simple way of life walking with God on every level. We definilty got that. We were so poor in the first years here in Oregon there were times we didnt have a phone for 6 months. If it wasnt for my parents and my in-laws coming to see us every 3 months, going to costco and buying staples so we could get through the next 3 months i really dont know how we would have feed our 3 kids at that time. We moved here for a job and with in a month the company went broke and we were out of work. Now we are in a new place and have no connections except for our friends at our church. We need to find work and find it fast. Work didnt come fast it took a month before my husband found work. I look back and wonder how in the world we made it through. If i didnt beleive on mana from God then it certinally was the time to start believing because we did eat and survive. We lived minamally, though I believe those were some of the best times of our lives. Soon we had 5 samll kids all in one room plus lots of company all the time in a 800 sqft. mobile home. We were happy. Spiritually and phisically. Now that our kids are grown, though 4 still at home our worrys have changed but not our vision. We still believe in a minimalst way of life. We have got caught up in this worlds materialism. Its hard not to. Not that I want to go back to being totally with out and not knowing where i was going to get food tomorrow but I beleive that I am called to something greater. To learn how to enjoy what I have even though I may have a little more money to do things, I need to ask do I need to do those things? or is it just something I want? And cause I can then I will just do it. Do I need to take on all the reponsibilities we put on ourselves or can we just sit back and enjoy what we have.
Yesterday I went shopping and bought some new shirts. I lost 25 pounds over the last few years and my tops are just to big. Yes i could wear them big but we live in America why would I not want to go buy new shirts. I have the money to do it without any guilt. I think some of these thing are nessesities and we dont have to look sloppy to be a minimalist we just have to put into prospective what we really need. Its been a challange to not buy things this summer for our pool and our yard. We love being outside. We love sharing our home with others but in that it makes me always want to have everything magazine perfect. I can. I can make my self crazy with always thinking and changing things or I could wait and enjoy the chair that is tearing one more year so I could do something else with that money. Eventually we will need a new chair but not today. Learning to be ok with how it is for today in order to focus on a calm and peaceful life is the path to being a minimalist. there is no right or wrong way of being a minimalist but it has to be in truth with who we are and what we have. Not how we think we should look or be to others.
In yoga we teach the yama Satya: The practice of thruthfulness. This is a truthfulness to yourself and in all things. And the niyama, Santosha: The practice of contentment.
Everyday changes and every circumstance changes day to day. So learning to be there today and in the moment has helped in this practice of being a minimalist.