The Royal Family: opulence, regality, tradition, land and wealth. The crown jewels, acres of land, breaking news stories. The whisper of scandal, the ink of gossip columns, official press response. The Royal Family are swathed in drama, to a greater … Continue reading THE ROYAL FAMILY: LESSONS IN EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE
Minimal exteriors exude a sense of self-reliance. Great swathes of space, in simple and small settings; one set of cutlery, one rail for clothing, one simple existence. Dependence upon less, with no need for excess. The white and tan furnishings … Continue reading MINIMALISM & THE FEAR OF RELIANCE
Dollar signs, pound signs, postage costs, shining images of items which sit in virtual bidding wars. These online retail outlets, manned by thousands of sellers, may as well have seedy neon signs leading to basements. Always a scam close by, … Continue reading MINIMALISM: SELLING ALL YOUR THINGS?
A backpack, how do you fill it? It’s all you can take- so what do you choose? When it comes down to it, what’s important to you? What’s essential to you? The world is ending, what are you taking with … Continue reading MINIMALIST THOUGHT EXERCISES
Out of sight, out of mind. The space looks neat and clean, swathes of polished furnishings, simple and minimal designs. In the garage sit boxes- organised, we tell ourselves, exactly where they need to be. Each set of things compacted … Continue reading SECRET HOARDING
What was once a sparse and shameful section of the bookstore is now littered with pages of different ways to improve our lives. Creased books, over-leafed by eager customers, cover quotes claiming ‘advice we all need to hear’. Coffee machines … Continue reading IS THE SELF-HELP INDUSTRY HARMING PEOPLE?
Thought is a uniquely human process. Our capacity for linear and lateral thinking process, logical movement between topics, and engagement with multiple thoughts at any one time, seems to separate us from other animals. We are capable of processing complex … Continue reading OVERTHINKING & MINIMAL THINKING
Some weeks are chaotically full, packed with moments which change us and inform our lives in meaningful ways. All too often we are bombarded with information, too much, too many times of the day. News jingles and dramatic headlines frame … Continue reading THE MINIMUM WEEKLY #16
A busy scene: checklists, schedules which span the whole day, from the dewy morning to the midnight sky- a sense of urgency, to get things done and to conquer the vague concept of time. Productivity is everywhere. But, usually, when … Continue reading TOXIC PRODUCTIVITY
Often, we think too much. We enter that great and vast chasm of concern which seems to drag us down into it. We pretend that we’re somewhere else, we run from it as though we have somewhere else to go, … Continue reading HOW TO OVERCOME FEAR