In some parts of the world, people talk about “stuff”. Books abound on the topic of simplicity, down-sizing, and less is more. Yet, most agree it is difficult to get rid of accumulations. Why? Various reasons, different for each person. We hold on to “things” as they may provide security. We are hesitant to give something away as we “may need it someday.” Stuff. Possessions. Security. Control. Holding on to. Keeping. Yet it is not only tangible “stuff” that we often grasp. Possessions include: needing to be right, needing to be best, needing to be honored, holding on to our pain, hurts, disillusionments, disappointments, etc. when really it is time to let go and be transformed. What are my “possessions?” What do I hold on to that I think makes me happy but if I am honest does not? Jesus talks about possessions in the Christian scriptures, Luke 14:25-33: “anyone of you who does not renounce all their possessions cannot be my disciple.
“Do our “possessions” whether tangible or ways of being lead to peace, equality, sharing, understanding, contentment, centeredness, being grounded? If they do not, they may be affecting our sense of peace and well-being, our relationship with the divine life within and others. Jesus’ invitation echoes that of many great spiritual leaders. Less is more. Embrace love. Cherish your gifts. Put aside all that takes you away from the center of your being, your God, your source of life, the Sacred. All that we need. Always our God.
And perhaps in the midst of embracing the Source of our lives, we contribute to non-violent solutions in our lives and the world.
Our invitation is to embrace the Source.
To Share With You: I will be on retreat and will not post a reflection next week. I look forward to sharing with you the following week.
Blessings and peace