All I Want Is Less | 12.6.20
As I age, and aging I am, I have noticed a trend emerging in my life: I want less. I am tired of the things I own, I am tired of the rat race that life has become, the shopping ads on social media, the bombardment by every retailer you can possibly imagine at every turn. I am tired of being spied on by Alexa and having them listen to conversations to try to determine which commercials to pop up on my phone. I am tired of everything being about obtaining more. I want less, and I mean this with my whole heart. I want a smaller house, an older car, I want less furniture and I want less technology. I want a fireplace in a cottage, I want the sea beyond my doorstep, I want rainfall, I want heather, I want long walks into green hills, I want peace. I don’t know why everything is aimed at material gain, at money and the endless pursuit of it, but I am weary of it all, and I want less. Strange this, the transformation from a kid mowing lawns to buy a CD, to a man standing here wishing I could never again purchase a thing. I wonder where we go, I wonder why we go there.
So many I see
always wanting so much more.
All I want is less.
Haiku on Life by Tyler Knott Gregson
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Tyler, I too have experienced this same personal transformation. And I believe at its foundation, is a return to the heart; a return to the deepest possible connection with our souls. Yogi Paramahansa Yogananda wrote, "It is spiritual poverty, not material lack, that lies at the core of all human suffering." I think most people are quite soul sick. All that rushing around, the endless bombardment of information and marketing, how can we ever know ourselves authentically? Most people are terrified to know themselves intimately, because culturally, we constantly reinforce ideas of wrongness in order to sell products. It takes the brave among us to self-examine - to be introspective. And when we get deep, we realize that all the externalities are mostly just illusions and chasing after them will never be satisfying in the ways pursuits that feed our souls are. Philosopher Seneca wrote, "Natural desires are limited; but those that spring from false opinion can have no stopping point. The false has no limits." Getting real means needing less...and in western culture, a whole lot less. 🙏🏻
My goodness, yes. A little cottage with a warm fire and endless hours of wandering and reading.