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The Appeal of Minimalism and Zen

EmineC natural soap

EmineC natural soap (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve seen a pattern in a lot of my interests: I gravitate toward the minimal. Minimal design and styles and organic ways and means of expressing my likes.

When it comes to conveying messages, things are always organized in an honest, clean and raw fashion. No frills, no pre-thought out dramatic verbiage. The focus is mostly on how natural the message sounds and if it may substitute as a signature of the individual. It is never, how could I make this message more sensational? 

Organic and natural beauty and bath sections in stores are severely attractive to me because all items on the shelves are different, they have something to offer that is natural, non toxic and clean. All these attributes, coupled with the fact that the packaging is usually so minimalist and unique make me want to know more about them. I want to obtain the product, use it- yes, but I also want to keep the product in its original packaging because removing the original covering is akin  to deflowering the product, stripping it of its original personality.

The beauty of organic bath products exemplify why I appreciate minimalist and zen like beauty that can be found in even the most un-zen like places- like retail stores. To me, the lack of design and excessive coloring and a lot of times the lack of extra fragrance in the product and its packaging represent minimalist beauty. The marketing and packaging of a pristine product in the most non deliberate way possible is what makes it appealing, unique and perfectly rustic.

This appeal extends out towards other areas as additional permanent fixture and products at home, such as simple foot of bed chests in addition to a bed in the bedroom and bare walls- which expresses ones feelings about living with less around, decluttering and appreciating the value of a simple, organic and natural life.

I do wonder while saying all this: why do individuals not express in fewer words?  What is it in using more words, that makes a message or a point more plausible. Why not just say it in a few words. Why does a resume, an essay, a cover letter or a report have to be so long drawn?? Why cant the world just take a brief message to heart and use actual statistics to validate any claims made in a message instead of asking the writer to substantiate any claims made in any of the above with a detailed written analysis, followed by a verbal explanation and also statistics and  diagrams? Are we really that stupid? Or is redundancy and fanciful verbosity  the unfortunate norm and expected business conduct- that we can not say anything in a few words anymore lest we appear unintelligent and lacking acumen and credibility? What about being organic and natural, transparent and soft, available to be seen by all and analysed by those who may seek to understand the natural and unadulterated?

~ Bibi


The Organic Spiritual Life

Spirituality has been branded, wrongly, for a long time now. We try to categorize human spirituality and name it to try to meet the needs of those around us. It should not be so. Human spiritual needs are unique and there is no one size fits all processed solution for the spirit’s desire to connect.

Now there are many who will try to tell you, vehemently, that there is only one way to connect to fulfill the needs of every spirit. Not quite so. That is a highly inorganic methodology: Forcing a connection where there naturally would not have been one. Naturally, the spirit will find what it needs. It always does.

When the element of spiritual directive is introduced organic connectivity fails. If there is a need to go out and preach and monitor individual spiritual endeavors and try to influence them in anyway the connection you are trying to nurture is likely artificial and wont develop.

Spirituality is individual, never collective. Collective thoughts and motives deal with what is present in the world as can be seen by us all. Spirituality deals with what is invisible to the naked eye and can be present anywhere. Its growth and natural inclinations can not be harnessed by mentors. Contrarily, any human effort in ‘molding’ the spirit will still result in it to seek out what it really needs. Often faster than it would if it were left alone. That is because once the spirit is forced to adopt a connection it is not meant to make, it quickly finds out it needs to look elsewhere and so it does.

A connection can not be fed by the body. Connectivity is a matter of the spirit alone.

It can be complicated for the spirit to thrive with all the conflicting spiritual food out there, one brand instructing you to feed on only that, the other brand telling you there is nothing to feed on. It really is very simple. In reality, the spirit rarely needs food from the human environment.

There are no fairy tales to believe in.

The spirit finds what it needs; it just needs to be allowed to do so. Simply breathe. Close your eyes and it all becomes clear.