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Possessions burden your mind and are a distraction to deep thought. Thinking of ways on how to acquire more, the pursuit of possessions becomes an end in itself. Similarly, there is a tendency in people to amass wealth for the sake of hoarding it. It is of no use to anyone. This becomes a way of life.
Possessions and wealth are necessary for a comfortable life. However, they should serve our need, not greed. Whether it is clothing, shoes or homes, possessing more than what is required is nothing but wasteful hoarding. Amassing of wealth and possessions comes from internal insecurity of an individual. This leads to a spiral: to get more money for acquiring more goods and services, often leading to a corrupt and unsustainable lifestyle.
This insecurity can be reduced by first trying to understand ourselves. Most people are afraid of looking deep within. But a deeper understanding will give us a perspective in life and is the genesis of spirituality, it will help in the understanding of the spirit inside us.
As a person progresses on the path of spirituality, his priorities in life change. The focus of life shifts more towards sustainability. Spirituality also helps make a person internally secure and humble.
Since the desire to increase possessions and amass wealth comes from the greed impulse, it should be reduced or kept in check. Removal of greed can be achieved by cultivating a spiritual outlook with the help of yoga and sanyam.
DISCLAIMER: Views expressed above are the author's own.