Minimalism. At first you may think it doesn’t have much to do with naturism, but I think the two philosophies go hand-in-hand perfectly and that the former can provide an almost perfect example of how to popularize an alternative lifestyle.
What is Minimalism?
Minimalism means many things across art, music and architecture. But I’m talking about the Marie Kondo-esque phenomenon that has grown in popularity over the past few years. Minimalism means living with less. But it’s about far more than simply decluttering.
Minimalism is a lifestyle that seeks to remove any and all unnecessary clutter from one’s life—whether physical, mental or spiritual. It’s about only owning what provides value to oneself, and saving time, energy and money. It’s prioritizing people, ideas and experiences over things. It’s about making conscious choices about what really matters to your life. It’s often been called simple living, tiny living or intentional living. At its core, minimalism is anti-materialist and anti-commercial. It’s a direct reaction against our modern consumer capitalist world that wants us to spend more and more.
The unofficial leaders of this unofficial movement are The Minimalists, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, who have a podcast, books, events and a documentary. Their first book, Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life, starts with one question – “Are you truly happy?”
Any book about naturism could start with the same line – “Are you truly happy?”
Are you feeling overwhelmed and disillusioned with a culture that keeps telling us to spend and own and stay busy? Don’t you want a more simple and free life?
Do you maybe own too many clothes?
Naturism & Minimalism
Minimalism is a lifestyle with many diverse expressions and philosophies—you may never meet two self-professing “minimalists” who agree completely on what the term means to them—but its essence is less. Less clutter, less distraction, less worries, less stuff. Naturism, too, is a lifestyle with many diverse expressions and philosophies but its essence is simple: naked. Whether naturism to you is ideological and philosophical or simply recreational, it begins with the simple act of being naked. The first step of a minimalist is getting rid of something you own. The first step of a naturist or nudist is taking off your clothes (at some point both minimalism and naturism involve leaving an item of clothing behind).
Original publication 26 August, 2020
Posted on NatCorn 2nd September 2020
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