We have all been bombarded with articles, news stories and pretty entertaining TV shows about the “minimalist life.” Would you pick up and leave it all behind, sell your items on eBay or some other selling site? Getting rid of all of your possessions, keeping only the most basic and necessary things? Are we mindful about what we purchase and bring into our homes?
In countries like Japan where space is quite the commodity, they seem to have, in my opinion, been the pioneers of living simply. Let’s go further into this concept that the Eastern world has adopted and infused into their daily life, which has now become part of their culture.
Ma is the Japanese word for negative space or roughly translated into gap space. I suppose an easier way to look at this concept would be emptiness or a “less is more” attitude. Take a look at this article and read how the Eastern world encapsulates the idea of living a minimalistic life.
When Less is More: Concept of Japanese “MA”
Where there is clutter, even valuable things lose their value. Where there is too much, nothing stands out.
The essence of Japanese aesthetic is a concept called ‘MA’ (pronounced “maah”) — the pure, and indeed essential, void between all “things.”
MA is the emptiness full of possibilities, like a promise yet to be fulfilled.
I don’t think having a minimalist lifestyle is an esoteric concept, or something “new age.” Isn’t it just another way of living? In fact, it all begins with an idea. So the question I will leave you with is can you have minimalism without mindfulness?
[ The vlog Daana mentioned in Episode 2 ]
Until next time!
Love and light.