Early morning last Saturday, I took my dog to the park a few blocks away from the house. It was early enough to startle the squirrels and other wild creatures that were gathering in the morning dew. I thought I was the only person there and started humming blissfully, when I came upon a large inert shape wrapped in a blanket. From the mass underneath the worn ¬†fabric came a steady snore. When I took another step, I made out a man’s head, perhaps in his thirties.

Right away, I bifurcated and walked away, trying not to disturb his peaceful slumber. I turned around a few times to stare some more. As I strolled through the park with my four-legged companion, my overall feeling changed from happy to envious. I felt that the man under the blanket did not have a care in the world. I kept saying to myself; I want to be there, sleeping on the ground in this park. Be away and apart. Belong nowhere and everywhere. That is what I want to do. Forget about everything; be free of any material trappings. I thought about him for the rest of that hour, my dog and I frolicked among the trees…

 

Lately, it seemed that signs appear into my life every day. Every sign seems to point in the same direction; let go of material things and focus on what is really important; caring for others and listening to my soul. Do not fall under the weight of responsibilities I have assigned myself, on the contrary unload my superfluous burdens.

At the end of the day, we never really own any of these materials things. We can’t take all the riches and all the gadgets that were once so important to us when we cross over to the other side. They are illusions and appendages attached to our physical body. As you get closer to your divine essence, the mirage just disappears…

Objects do not make your soul happy, sharing experiences with others and being true to your inner child do. The accumulation of things is a lost battle. It drains your energy, your health and your time. It corrupts your soul. Remember who you are and why you are here.