Your Attachment to Material Things ~ The Deeper Meaning Behind It
by Kiki Athanas
August 26, 2019
As someone who feels as if they are "mindful", "conscious", "spiritual", etc. etc. allll of the things - how come I still feel so "tied down" to all of my STUFF?! Can anyone relate to that feeling of being so consumed with ensuring they have all of their "things", that you eventually start to worry if you're just a "consumer" like everyone else? Shouldn't I be less "attached" to my clothes, my crystals, my juicer - does this make me just as "trapped" and "mindless" as everyone else who may or may not be "attached" to arguably less "wellness-y" things?
I'll be frank: my worry and fear around not having "enough" has even been a factor in keeping me from moving across the country and even worldwide in the past. "How will I take all of my things"?! It seems for everything I aim to declutter (like purging my closet and donating a good chunk of my wardrobe away) - there's also just as much (if not more) that I still need to own in order to live my best ever life. It's a constant challenge to find the balance between being responsible for my own happiness - entirely detached from other material things or people, whilst also wanting to bring more life-enhancing material things as well as relationships into my life in order to experience more joy.
For me, I think the wisdom comes from the word "experience" in that previous sentence - it's about being able to consciously reflect on what will greaten the quality of the moments in my life, and lovingly bringing those things/people in, whilst making an effort to not fall victim to the need of their consumption or attainment. It's about remembering that life is fluid and our journey is always in motion - things comes and go (including us).
Jessie Arora, Spiritual Catalyst & Founder of Atma Things was the inspirational figure and teacher in my life who brought about these reflections, and it all started from our conversation about the Eastern Philosophy of attachment to material things being a form of prolonged pain and suffering. Jessie had several unique and key insights to share on the subject, and also explains the overall philosophy well in our latest IGTV which you can check out here. I hope you enjoy and that our discussion encourages as much enlightening thought as it did for me!