I almost cried.
My box, full of assignment and cyclostyled (imagine how ancient it was) research papers, from my institute days,
was being thrown out.
It was like a part of me was going away
I felt I lost something very valuable that day.
I was in grief
Over the next few days, I actually felt much lighter.
Space which it occupied was free.
I could walk in that space without tumbling over the boxes.
How attached are we to our possessions?
We invest our identity into it, our memories into it,
our deepest emotions into it
All material things will decay and perish
And when we attach ourselves to perishable things,
we are riding the roller coaster of emotions with more downs than up
We value something which we “own” far more
than they are actually worth
Next time, you are staring at your wardrobe
wondering when will you wear (if ever) that jeans
“Will I buy this today and how much would I be willing to pay for it?”
When we have to let go of project or investment,
“If this opportunity was new,
would I go for it and how effort/money would I be willing to put in?”
Often the answer is not much
Yoga calls this Aparigraha meaning non-possessiveness
share with me
will you stop becoming possessive today?
What are you willing to let go today?