Essentialism (not minimalism) for your mind, body and soul

My exploratory journey on the road to productivity and happiness with what truly matters — finding time and space with mindfulness: sleep, balanced nutrition, exercise, and memory.

Div Manickam
11 min readAug 25, 2020
Essentialism for mind, body and soul

We often measure our success by the amount of things that we have — the materialistic things. Our life is much more than that, it’s the cherished memories that we hold near and dear to our hearts.

I ventured into minimalism a year ago when I read about Marie Kondo and the magic of tidying up the space and transforming your life — no clutter.

Fascinated I wanted to give it a try and realized that it wasn’t about minimalism that caught me excited, it was about essentialism — being mindful about what I have and why I have them. It made me think about my priorities about what truly matters.

Happiness is not the things that we have, so we decided to donate or trash the things that we haven’t used in a long time (3–6months). I knew this was going to be revolutionary because it was giving us the space and the time to do the things that we really care about.

It wasn’t just about the physical things: it was about making space for things, ideas and passions