Contentment Within Owning Nothing
“Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become.”
— Paramahansa Yogananda
One of my greatest teachers has always been and always will be, Mother Nature. Through observing her, she taught me simplicity and contentment. In her presence, I have come to realize that we need very little to be truly, internally happy.
Through nature you can observe that minimalistic simplicity brings about universal abundance.
Everything that is accumulated in our ultimate reality is impermanent. Everything material is temporary. Even our own body, thoughts, emotions, and feelings are leased. In all honesty, we own nothing in our present world. You may claim to be in ownership of people, places, things, emotions, thoughts, etc. But in reality, you own nothing.
As illustrated by Mitch Albom in Have a Little Faith,
“When a baby comes into the world, its hands are clenched, right?”
“Like this?” He made a fist.
“Why? Because a baby not knowing any better, wants to grab everything, to say the whole world is mine. But, when an old person dies, how does he do so? With his hands open. Why? Because he has learned his lesson.”
“What lesson?” I asked.
He stretched open his empty fingers, “We can take nothing with us.”
Because of guaranteed impermanence in our relative world, it is better to live with less and without attachment. When I first came to understand and accept the fact that I own nothing in this world, I began to see everything in different light. I was beginning to live out simplistic minimalism and I’m now happier. I used to identify myself with people, labels, things, etc. but have now let it all go. Now, instead of collecting material things, I’d rather be present in moments and experiences.
When you begin to accept that you own nothing in your life, you start to live simpler and with intrinsic abundance. You start to see that you don’t NEED so much of anything. You don’t identify your sense of being to anything relative and temporary. You begin to grasp how little you need to be truly and internally happy. You don’t find happiness with any material thing and anything outside yourself. True internal happiness is not a destination, nor is it something to be owned or identified with. It is a state of consciousness and being that we already have deep within us waiting to be shared.