Try and spend the coming week noticing your level of want… and for what.
Do you always need to get ‘stuff’ whenever you head out?
What do you want and will not stop until you get it: coffee? wine? snacks? checking your email… again? looking at social media notifications? a treat? shoes? buying something? buying anything?
Try and really notice how the mind has you hooked in it’s little clutches, until it gets what it wants. It can be a bit addictive really!
Each time this week, stop and ask: Do I need the coffee? Or the wine? Will this end up in an charity bin in a year? If I wait 24 hours, will I still want it? Can I go without? What if I directed the funds for that purchase somewhere else? Will the earth rotate off it’s axis if I don’t check Twitter for 24 hours? Isn’t 493 pairs of shoes enough?
Sometimes, the answer will be “yes, I still want it.” and that’s ok. This is about starting to question our wants and be in control.
But, getting to a stage where there is a feeling of ‘no-wanting’ is truly liberating. Then we feel free. After all, it’s ‘just stuff.’ Try and set yourself free from the mind bossing you around on a daily, even hourly basis. You’ll ultimately get to a place where you can instantly spot what your mind has decided it needs for its latest fix.
Choose to deny the mind today. In fact, give it the bird!
It’s highly likely your finances, health, well-being and waistline will thank you!