Talk on Minimalism


Hello and thank you for joining me! My name is Whitney and I am starting a new tradition of posting a mini talk like this one once weekly regarding a yoga theme of the week. In this way, we can kick off the week right! My intention with these talks is to help us all begin to live life a little bit more consciously and to even raise the level of our consciousness together. In these talks, I may pull from any number of sources in my life-- I am a Mormon and I love my faith, I was a biology major in college, I am in love with yoga and I own a the Yoga Art Space studio in Albuquerque, NM, I am a woman, I am a wife, I am passionate about bringing creativity into all aspects of life and so I am a painter and a dancer, and most recently, I’ve begun to take my yoga off the ground as I’ve been flying with aerial yoga!

That is a little bit about me. Now before I begin, I’d like to take a moment to mention the sponsor of this week’s talk. This week, I am sponsoring myself, so this talk is brought to you by the Yoga Art Space studio. This mission of Yoga Art Space is to build a healthy, creative, and compassionate community. We understand the healing, empowering, and transformative powers of yoga, meditation, martial arts, and the creative arts. We strive to teach in a way that helps students strengthen the mind-body-spirit connection. We know that as we begin to be filled with light and passion, we invite others to likewise shine more brilliantly. Now if you’d like to be the sponsor one of our weekly talks, I invite you to reach out to me through the website www.YogaArtSpace.com.

Now let’s get onto our theme for this week! This week we are talking about minimalism and how it can be completely life changing to begin to sort through the clutter we have around us. There is a wonderful quote that we’ll be working with this week-- and if you know me, you know I love to bring in quotes into my yoga classes. So this is the quote you’ll be seeing if you come to one of my yoga classes this week. This quote beautifully summarizes the actual task of turning minimalism from a good theory into a sustainable way of life in your house. It really can be a ways of living. This quote is from William Morris and it says, “If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is is: Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

Obviously this can apply to more than just your physical house, so whatever space you currently find yourself to be in, whether that is your house, your room, your office, your desk, or even your car, I’d like for you to please take a moment to look around you. We are playing a little I Spy game. I’ll give you about 30 seconds to look around with the goal being to try to search for something around you that you will probably never use again and which you would say doesn’t really enhance the quality of your life in one way or another. (pause)

This is a simple minimalist test just to give you a base note for how you’re doing currently. I don’t want you to feel like a terrible person, but this is just to tell you where you starting spot is. I found several things in my space. There is a holiday craft project that I still haven’t finished, there are books that I may or may not ever read again, there are plants which have shed leaves on the ground that I haven’t gotten around to picking up yet, and I see a poster that hasn’t been hanging for probably 6 months by this point, just propped up against the wall. Now I would definitely not call myself the messiest person ever! But on the other hand, throwing things away has never been the easiest task for me. I think I have this fear that the moment I throw something away, I’ll actually need it for some reason and then I’ll have to waste money buying it again. This following little story will give you somewhat of an idea of how I have traditionally been when it comes to minimalism-- or the lack thereof.