Saturday, November 17, 2007

Truly happy

Attachment to material things is the single most destructive act to our "emotional" well being. To be "free", we must be free of the desire and the need of "things". When we are completely free of these desires, of these attachments to the material, then and only then, we will be at one with ouselves, about ourselves and within ourselves: We shall have achieved peaceful introspections and become "truly happy".



Robert said...

The question is how do we achieve this?
By our own efforts or with the help of a spiritual teacher?

I think we are so attached to material things that we need guidance and inspiration from an enlightened soul.

Deanna said...

I agree that material things cannot bring us happiness, maybe momentarily, but it never lasts. But JOY is something different and something that a person can always have. Finding it and not letting anyone or anything rob you of it is the challenge.

Vincent said...

Attachment to material things is not natural but our entire society promotes it and not just the adverts, for this is how western-style economies work and that means today the global economy. Every day we are bullied into this attachment whether we like it or not. Children are kept indoors and given toys.

It's no use being a Buddhist seeking some detachment in the far-off future. Where are the role-models alive today?

Robert, where is this enlightened soul?

Deanna, I like what you say, though how can you say a person can always have joy? Is it as you suggest something that you can be robbed of by someone or something? I shall see if you have a blog to find more about these interesting thoughts.rsxogs

jim said...

Yes, but everyone has to do to the best of their ability, but maybe we will all make progress in this need to let go.

jon be me said...

Very good comments by all. I have few "attachments" and have used "reading" and lessons from life experiences to reach this point. Others ask me how and I cannot give concrete answers that they can use. Only what worked for me but we are all different in capabilities. I don't think about it, it just is...a part of me.

Nothing against material goods, on the whole, but like anything else, if it "controls you" then it can become a problem. Mental toughness comes to mind in how to deal with it. Society does play a major role in it and we have to overcome this barrage of info to "get more" stuff!

Joy and happiness is in all of us. It is up to us to see, feel and be it. I'm happy almost everyday and I have limited material goods (can't afford them). I enjoy what I have.

It also comes down to ACCEPTING yourself as you. When you don't feel good about yourself, one tends to use material to compensate. I accept me as me. Perhaps that has something to do with it?

Thanks all for the comments

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