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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Material Assets

Take a look around your space right now. How much of what you have and own is really what you
need, or is it just a collection of stuff you have amassed over time as testimony to your buying
power?
If after your assessment you realize that half or more of what you have is not really necessary then
congratulations for discovering this fact before your home turns into a storage depot! Others, I can
see are still rationalizing the importance of their attachments in their quiet minds. It’s OK, take your
time.
Unfortunately we live in a world where greed overpowers need. Where we are measured not by
our values but by the quantity and quality of our possessions.
The sorry state of the world, and the ever-increasing corruption and erosion of values can be put
down in large part to this vice of greed. The division between the ‘Haves and Have Nots’ is
increasing. In truth no-one wins because everyone is suffering. Perhaps it’s time to live more simply
and more authentically.
Collecting items for the sake of propping up our ego or declaring our status in the world will still
leave us with a feeling of insecurity and that we are never good enough. It’s good to take a reality
check from time to time and to declutter our minds as well as our homes.
Clearing the clutter is something we are often encouraged to do, we may even have the intention
to do it, yet sometimes it feels so difficult to let go of possessions that we have hoarded for years,
and probably never will use again. Why? Because holding on to ‘stuff’ gives us a false sense of
abundance.
Our craving for physical objects is a sign of discontent within the soul. If we are hungry for physical
pleasures and pursuits, it’s because we are empty from the inside. We try to fill the void by
accumulating ever more. And even after getting ‘it’, there is still the desire for more and more,
which implies, ‘it’ was never enough and never will be! In fact greed is a bottomless pit that never
ever gets filled.
Very often we can disguise our greed by calling it a need, which puts a lighter tone on our
priggishness and numbs the conscience. All of this helps to appease our guilt of accumulating.
Only you can define what is need vs greed. A need is something that is necessary for our livelihood
and wellbeing, whereas a want simply aggrandizes our ego. You get people’s approval when you
state it as a need but disapproval when you say you want something. For example do you really
need the gourmet food, the black Porsche or the Versace silk dress, or just something to eat, some
transport and something to wear?
Perhaps it sounds like a return to basics as we question ourselves every time we are pulled to buy
something. But this is the game we need to play with our mind in our journey back to our inner
peace and happiness and to reduce the resulting stress of running after the object of our greed.
Imagine a world without greed. It may seem like a distant dream, but it can happen when people
realise that contentment does not come from having the latest gadget or gizmo, but from real selfrespect.
It’s Time... to recognize what will really fill the need of the soul and to stop chasing after the
illusion that more of the material possessions are going to make us feel better. De-clutter your life.
Live simply and authentically. And win the game of sustaining your inner peace and power.
Share these thoughts!
There is a saying in India an empty makes alot of noise, usually emotionally empty people, buy alot of  things too fill there minds and hearts
Here are a few links too emphasize this theory, Business and  the story of life