I have lived in a house of 40 sqm and in a house of 140 sqm. I have lived driving my own BMW but I’ve also lived without owning a car. I have spent my holidays in luxurious hotels and in free camping. I have lived with many people but also on my own. I have experienced how it is to be admired but also how it is to be insulted. I have succeeded in some of the things that I wanted and failed at others. Luckily, I have not experienced war (conducted with real weapons), nor a totalitarian regime/religion. I have experienced, however, verbal, emotional violence and war but I have also lived with love and peace.
From what I have experienced so far, I draw one conclusion:
Whatever the circumstances, it is ourselves that we carry around, it is ourselves that we experience. Feelings like: happiness, sadness, joy or stress are not caused by the size of our houses or other people’s opinion about us. They are caused by the way we were trained to think.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m saying that money doesn’t bring happiness but I know that it makes life easier. You are right to seek a better life. We live in a three dimension world after all.
What I want to say is that our mind decides how to feel and we experience whatever it has decided.
If you are reading this conclusion and you don’t understand it, it means that you identify totally with your mind, you think that your mind is you. You need to seek, recognize, develop and trust another center of existence. You need to experience it and live your life according to it in order for you to understand. This center of existence goes by many names because many people concerned themselves with it: Soul, Hara, Being, Superior Self, you can even call it Bill if you like, but trust it to be the center of your existence! You can communicate with it only when the mind is silent. At that moment have faith in it and don’t let the mind doubt it the next minute.
If you wish to learn more about the mind, you can read the article: The mind and its excessive authority.
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