Addicted to Material Possessions? How to Let Go.
We Already Have Everything We Need
Most of us are attached to our material possessions, and continue to cling to them long after they have out-lived their use. We accumulate boxes of stuff we haven't looked at in years. In fact, we can't even remember what the contents of the boxes hold.
Still, we can't let go. What if we need this later? We are ridden with guilt at the very thought of tossing something away belonging to a loved one or close friend. Slowly but surely, we are drowning in a flood of clutter and caos.
What we fail to realize is - we already have everything we need, within ourselves.
6 Best Ways To Get Rid Of Your Clutter
Some folks get physically ill when trying to let go of stuff. For most of us, it's a tough task to accomplish. Make it easier by going with one or more of the following suggestions:
- Craigslist. Anyone with a computer or cell phone has heard of this resource. To sell items, be sure to take a photo for posting, along with the price you're asking.
- Garage Sale. Organize a friendly display of all items. Price as necessary. Post signs throughout the area and list in the newspaper for free.
- On Line Sources. Most neighborhoods offer "on line sell", and donate newsletters. This is a great and convenient way to start de-cluttering projects.
- Donate. Grab a large garbage bag and throw everything right in. Stores such as Goodwill and Salvation Army will give you a write-off receipt for your taxes.
- Charities. This is the way I go! Find local charities in your area fast with a Google Search and donate. You may end up even feeling good about letting go of your stuff knowing you are helping others.
- Ebay. Selling on ebay can bring you in some extra cash as you let go of items you no longer need.
Give a silent thank you as you toss your things away. Your possessions have served you for a time. Keep life simple as you celebrate the ordinary. Your heart knows the beauty and comfort in common things. Now, let it tell your head.
Nashville, Tennessee Flood
A few years ago, here in Nashville, Tennessee, we experienced a terrible disaster - flooding. The rain came and decided to stay, day after day, destroying homes, businesses, vehicles and shopping malls. Some folks died and others lost everything. All material possessions were suddenly gone forever. The flood was one of the worst in Tennessee history.
With little to no time to prepare, some people were just grateful to be alive, and survive the unforgiving storms. The big concern for all, was about the safety of the family and loved ones, along with pets, and animals.
These dear folks were forced to " let go " of all their material possessions.
Letting go of things we no longer need or have a use for brings clarity - and clarity brings energy. In a clutter-free work environment, we have a stronger sense of tranquility.
When we accumulate more and more material things, most of it ends up as clutter. Clutter leads to stress and agitation. Learn to let go of more and more every day. Learn to live simply. The more we simplify, the easier it is to attain serenity and peace of mind.
“Out of clutter find simplicity; from discord find harmony; in the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
The Ultimate Price
Material and worldly objects are temporary. And although I have always known this, it never really sank in until my beautiful boy lost his life to cancer. As I was ushered into the hospital room, where I would see him laying lifeless, my emotions were a hurricane of denial and shock. His green eyes were still open and he still wore his Los Angeles Laker's shirt.
I don't know why, to this day, why my thoughts turned to how hard he worked to support his children. I thought about all the material objects that had meant so much to him. How he always sacrificed to give his children the very best of everything. And now...what did it all mean? It was all gone in an instant. Not one thing could he take with him. The surfboards, the snow skis, the kayak, the bikes...gone. His children wanted nothing but their Dad. I wanted nothing but my son.
Weeding through all of Todd's clothes, personal items and such was hard. Letting go of his things was like letting go of him and I didn't want to do that.
Don't wait until death comes to let go of your material possessions. Begin now to clear a clean path in every room, garage, and car.
“Why the obsession with worldly possessions ? When it's your time to go, they have to stay behind, so pack light.”
― Alex Morritt, Impromptu Scribe
People Are More Important Than Things
How Much Do You Spend On Your Self-Esteem?
How do we fall into a pattern of wanting to buy more? Does a Gucci handbag make you a better person than a handbag from a Target store? Are you superior to your neighbor because you drive a brand new BMW? How long does your "thrill" last after an expensive shopping spree?
Spending beyond our means may give us a temporary high and even make us feel better about ourselves...but it is temporary. Our elevated self-esteem is being fed artificially. It doesn't last because it isn't real. Unless you are a member of the "Kardashian Family", with money to burn, learn to live a simple life. Don't buy into all the media hype, television illusions and magazine ads.
If your self-esteem needs a little boost, just donate your time to serve others. Help someone in need. If you still want to shop, go to a consignment boutique or a good quality thrift shop. You will save a bundle and at the same time, you are hopping on the re-cycle bandwagon.
Final Thoughts on Letting Go of Material Possessions
We are surrounded by "stuff." We hold on to our possessions out of some sense of obligation. Many of our material possessions are tied to emotional reactions. We feel guilty about not keeping certain things for one reason or the other.
Holding on to worldly objects that are not useful anymore, blocks the flow of energy. If you have too much to display, you end up not seeing anything. I have a black grand piano that stares right at you as you enter my home. When it is cluttered with stacks of music and books and who knows what all, you hardly see it. Then, when it is completely free of "teaching stuff", it is a large beacon ready to welcome one and all.
I'm still making changes both physically and spiritually. Every month I give one or two of my worldly possessions away. It has taken me years to let go and detach myself from my belongings. I rarely purchase clothing and other items at the mall. I much prefer thrift shops and quaint boutiques that offer quality at very affordable prices.
When my time comes ( I like to think it never will ), I sure don't want to leave a great big mess for my kids to sort through. And I sure don't want to put them in the position where they feel guilty if they want to throw something out. They will feel bad enough as it is.
I may even leave a few little notes here and there with a touch of humor and fun for them to come across.
Begin now to search deep inside of your true self, and find the beautiful treasure that awaits you. When you find your divine truth, you will no longer be attached to worldly objects. The glorious light that shines within is more beautiful, more valuable, than any material object, and is waiting to be discovered.
“If you aren't happy for what you already have then what makes you think you will be happy with more.”
― Maddy Malhotra
Do You Have More Stuff Than You Need?
© 2011 Audrey Hunt