Alistair Vermaak

MEDITATION 1.8 – A Meditation About The Things We Desire

Alistair Vermaak
Alistair Vermaak
MEDITATION 1.8 - A Meditation About The Things We Desire
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Look around you at the “things” you’ve collected over the years.  I can bet that everything you bought went like this:

  • You see or hear of something and you look for it
  • You like what you see, but don’t have the money
  • You work hard, save the money and go buy said item
  • You’re proud and like seeing your new purchase

It becomes old news or a white elephant after a few months.  Sometimes it works wonders as a flower pot, TV stand, Bookshelf or doorstopper.

  • You see or hear of something and you look for it
  • You like what you see, but don’t have the money
  • You work hard, save the money and go buy said item
  • You’re proud and like seeing your new purchase

Pretty soon your most recent purchase suffers the same fate as the last one.  You keep repeating the cycle, over and over again.  But, one day, a fire breaks out.  Your house is gutted and you have nothing left but the clothes on your back.

You’re devastated.  You end up living with some folks for a few months until you can get alternative accommodation.  

You finally get the opportunity to move into a new place, but something’s happened to you.

You no longer feel the need to fill your home with “stuff.”

What happened, why do you feel so empty, why does it feel like your life is pretty much over, yet here you stand, alive, but not feeling like you used to?

Do you really want to know what you’re experiencing?  

You had a taste of true freedom.  A taste of what it’s like to have no burdens, no attachments and no “stuff” to constantly worry about.

You see, we all seem to believe we need to have more “stuff” in our lives to feel whole, to feel like we’ve accomplished something.  But that’s not true.

All the “things” we surround ourselves with are impermanent.  The things, people and situations we find ourselves with/in, are all there for a short time.  At any moment they can be lost/or move on their own.

So why do we put ourselves through suffering to attain more things?  It’s because of the ideals we’ve learnt from others.  It’s the perceptions of others that have made us believe that we should be doing these things, because it is just the way things are and doing these thing is “normal.”

There is a difference.  There is normal and there is insanity.

Stating attached to the idea that you need to have more stuff to be happy is just insane.  It’s actually the opposite.

The less you have, the less you have to worry about.  Right or wrong?

Yes, I get it, we need to have certain people and things in our lives in order for us to function in society, so how can we end our suffering?

The answer is actually simple – We need to detach from the thought of being in control and owning things.  When we realize that noting is truly permanent, nothing is really in our control, and we let go of the need to have things, we can find peace.

We need to stop jumping from one shiny possession to the next.  Stop jumping from one conquest to the next, but be content and happy with what we have at each moment of the day.  

Each day, we need to contemplate on what we have done, what we said and how we treated other people.  When we keep those things in mind, we can make changes to our beliefs and actions to end our suffering.

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