The Spiritual Embodiment Of Black Minimalism
Practicing the art of mindfulness.
Appreciating a decluttered, safe space.
Breaking the stigma to obtain self-possession.
Embodying Black Minimalism
My very first notion of minimalism was that it meant only living with a certain number of items. As time went on and interest peaked, I gathered that everyone’s journey is unique. The idea is to live a simpler life intentionally - which looks different for each individual. For me, being a black minimalist has opened my eyes to the connection between over-consumption [of things & people] and emotional turmoil. It has also instilled a great amount of internal spiritual awareness, together with the importance of an overall decluttered and protected space.
Though I’ve been innately practicing simple living for years prior to learning of the minimalist culture, it was more recent that I dove into the lifestyle with intention and purpose, & without fear. Along my journey, I’ve learned to place emphasis on quality of life. I’ve developed a better relationship with love, trust and faith – leading me to a new set of values exploring simplicity, intentionality, mindfulness and conscious thinking. I’m here to inspire healing and change from within while doing it for the [black] culture.
The Art of Mindfulness
mindfulness: the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.
Practicing the art of mindfulness through meditation aides in controlling our thoughts, improving concentration, developing emotional intelligence, and gaining mental clarity. Mindfulness helps us be more present and aware. It can reduce stress, anxiety and depression. It also helps with compassion and kindness towards others. I connect my personal values of minimalism into how I’ve become more in tune with my emotions and spiritual self. I get joy out of prioritizing my mental health. And because I understand manifestation and trust that thoughts become things, I make a habit of thinking positively and consciously. With this mindset, I’ve been blessed with alignment + discernment in several areas of my life.
Ways to be mindful in our everyday lives:
1| Gratitude – think about 3 things or people you’re grateful for and write them down before starting your day. Say thank you out loud when you receive an unexpected blessing.
2| Compassion – set an intention to be kind and understanding to others you encounter throughout the day.
3| Forgiveness – First, forgive yourself. Next, extend your forgiveness to others for any past wrongdoings.
4| Celebration – Celebrate all wins, big or small. Appreciate the joy of celebrating others as well.
5| Reflection – Reflect on your day, week, month, etc. Try doing this with meditation, prayer, affirmations and journaling.
Declutter and Safe Space
Declutter: to simplify or get rid of mess, disorder, complications.
Living simply goes beyond just getting rid of things [though that is an important aspect]. The practice can encourage us to create healthier habits - physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. It helps to cleanse our space in order to make it safe. The aim is to make a habit of removing things, people and situations that no longer serve a greater good in our lives. This can promote a healthier lifestyle with much needed clarity and headspace.
Time is one of our most valuable resources. Why spend it doing something just out of old habit? Why not fill that space and time in your life with something or someone you love? Through my personal journey, I’ve prioritized being firm in my boundaries, eliminating toxicity, and tuning in on my overall well-being. This has truly inspired growth from within and has strengthened my patience. I’ve cultured the beauty of intentionally protecting my space and energy. Trust that as our external experiences influence our internal make-up, our minds organically become serene and clear.
Ways to declutter mind, body & spirit:
1| Empty your unhealthy attachments and shattered expectations. Let it all go with grace, compassion, gratitude and trust.
2| Ask for what you want and desire - out loud. Putting this out into the universe will likely manifest into reality, as well as free up worry and over-thinking in our minds.
3| Seek harmony in relationships through the deed of compromise.
4| See a chiropractor or get a chakra balancing massage – it can help to align your spine and your chakras. Learn more about chakras here.
Break the Stigma for Self-Possession
self-possession: the state or feeling of being calm, confident, and in control of one's feelings.
I am strong in my faith that in order to obtain self-possession, we must focus from the inside-out. As a culture that is historically oppressed and disadvantaged, we must indulge in the things that matter - like mental health and wellness. We must break free from the stigmas tied to our culture on financial instability and emotional disorder. We must seek control on our destiny, and not the actions of others. We want people to embrace our culture with respect and dignity. Understand that practicing minimalism is a true journey that not only takes time and patience, but support and community.
Ways we can manifest, ascend, and vibrate high:
1| be unapologetic about seeking freedom and liberation.
2| take the moral high ground in the face of ignorance and discrimination.
3| Curate intentional connections and go against the odds.
Interested in exploring minimalism? Keep this in mind:
Practicing minimalism isn’t a one-time transaction. Though the way of life can be exceptionally freeing and liberating, it takes effort, patience and intention. Everyone’s journey is unique because we all come from different cultures, backgrounds and experiences. There are no set rules to simple living, rather an overall like-minded lifestyle. There’s a beautiful community of black minimalists waiting for you with open arms.
Ashley Dominique, minimalist maven and Founder of lifestyle blog, EatThriftLove.com - passion points including food + culture + beauty + style + wellness. Ashley is a vibrant Chicago native that is passionate about her mission to influence the importance of mental health and wellness in black and brown communities. She believes in self-love and self-possession. She intentionally lives a simple life with harmony and sacred spaces. You can catch her curating vibes, mastering the art of people and influencing the lives of others.