During recent couple of years, I have been reading blogs and articles related to minimalism. Minimalist philosphy and way of life has had a deep impact on me!
I’m not very skilled writer, and I cannot write as stunning posts as all excellent writers, whose texts I have been reading (like Zen Habits by Leo Babauta and Castles in the air by Nina Yau), but still, I want to try to share some thoughts about minimalism and amateur astronomy.
A minimalist person is focusing just on those few things that matter the most and he/she wants to clear all clutter out from his/her life. A minimalist person usually wants to enjoy free and simple activities, like having a walk in the nature or perhaps watching the stars!
Actually my way of doing astronomical observations has always been quite minimalistic. I have always been a visual observer, and for me it has been important to search and see the celestial objects by myself – without any help from technology, I haven’t ever owned or even tried a GOTO scope! I have always made notes and sketches of everything I have seen in the sky, I have always done everything in very simple way, just me, my scope and paper and pencil!
To do everything slowly and without too much hurrying is an essential part of minimalistic mindset. For a minimalist, every moment in life is as important as whole life, and minimalist tries to take everything out of every second! Minimalists wants to enjoy every step and breath on the planet!
When I’m doing astronomical observations in my observing site, I spend even hours just gazig the sky, without any optical aid and without any plan to make dozens of observations! I love just to gaze the sky, and see all the twinkling stars above and forget all worries and troubles in my ordinary life! I always look at the sky with awe, I’m always stunned by the beauty of the dark sky filled with myriads of stars! I love just looking at the sky without any worries or any tight observing schedule! Nevertheless I do always have somekind of a plan, but I’m not tied by it and usually I end up observing and sketching much less than I originally planned – just because I very often end up just looking at the sky and admiring the sheer beauty of the starred sky!
And those of you, who haven’t yet tried just looking at the sky, gazing the stars with naked eye and admiring the beauty of the sky, try it! It is a wonderful feeling to be under the dark, starred sky without any hurry and stress, just being still and calm! Go and try it, even tonight if sky above you is clear enough!