We are brought up in society that says you need a large screen TV and every gadget that makes your life easier. A new this, a bigger that, it is a never ending cycle. The TV endorses those messages saying you will be cool or sophisticated, if you buy this, healthy if you have that and even find love.
But do you?
John and I have just been away camping for 4 days. On one side of our campsite was a couple who described their tent and the Taj Mahal. They had the tent, a very big awning over the top of it, giving them a huge amount of shade of every side, it looked like a small house. They had their bikes, chairs, table and even the kitchen sink.
On the other side of us was the family of four. They had the pop out 4 room tent from the trailer, carpet on the floor, table and chairs, extra chairs, the kids bikes, other bikes, a home away from home.
Here was John and I with our modest 4 person tent, (we do like a little room for the bags inside) with vestibule. 2 chairs, a table to prepare food on and trekking metho camp stove. We had all that we needed and no more. Our camping life is simple, I make delicious 1 pot stews that we love.
Have you ever been to the airport and see how many bags people can travel with? My guides have said to me “bring only that which you need”. Nomadic tribal people did just that. They took no more than they could carry.
It is sound advice that I follow. If you life is simple your needs can be met and you are easily happy.
This all sounds simple, but I still trip myself up sometimes in different contexts
An opportunity came up. At first I said I didn’t need to take that opportunity. That is when the dilemma started……I wanted it.
I spent an enormous amount of time in my head trying to work out why I should go. This indecision of yes to go, no I don’t need it became inner turmoil. Inner turmoil becomes digestion blockages, bowel blockages, liver blockages. OMG.
Once I realized this, with the help of my husband and a mentor, I went into my heart and asked myself again. What did I need? Not what did I want.
I also realized that when I asked what I needed, I was coming from my heart.
When I asked what I wanted I was in my head.
We can justify lots of thing in our heads but not every opportunity is what we need. So with that gone and the lesson learnt again differently. I went back to my simple camping life. I know in the future to only undertake decisions that are what I need.
So bring and do only that which you need in the whole of you life. It is always from the heart.