We are all attached to something. Through our own ambition, we can become attached to more things than is necessary. Family… friends… work… play… things… media… substances… ‘God’ stuff… and on, and on, and on…
The idea is to find a way to attach to what is absolutely necessary for us to stay centered on only the bare necessities.
Too much clutter in our lives at all levels… whether it be material, emotional, psychological, mental or spiritual… will leave us exhausted and lost. Prime candidates for a sense of separation from what is important all the way through our life.
We must dedicate intention to the discipline of detachment. We must ask ourselves on a continual basis: what can I let go of? It feels like a risk to detach from all of the ‘stuff’ that is tempting our attention… There is an element of trust that comes into play that if I say goodbye to ‘this’… then the space that is left will be filled with what matters most.
At the core, we need to be willing to let go of the consumerist values of our culture, to embrace the intimacy of being content with less. Consumerist values come in all shapes and sizes. The easiest items that need to be relinquished typically take the form of material things. Just look around your home… I’m sure there is plenty that can go that you haven’t used in a while.
Identifying the emotional, mental, psychological and spiritual items that have been shaped by consumerist values are a bit trickier to see. All to often, these items are unseen, because they take root from within.
If you find yourself constantly on the go… (even immersed in the busyness of church life)
If you find yourself constantly ‘doing’… (even when the one you love would be content to just snuggle on the couch)
Then you are a candidate to pause and evaluate whether or not you just need to relinquish some’thing’ in your life. Clutter… at any level, in any dimension… will erode the fabric of intimacy in your life. Clutter… at any level, in any dimension… will prevent you from knowing and being know by the ones who are most dear to you.
Unfortunately, we are often blind to the things we find our lives attached to unnecessarily to… and then time goes on… and the erosion leads to decay.
Find practical ways to let go of the ‘things’ you don’t need… and you will find yourself the proud owner… of everything that can’t be bought… consumed… or controlled. You will find yourself living as someone who can’t be bought… consumed… or controlled.
You will be free to simply… belong.