It really is that simple; Are you buying? Buying what? This post is about that feeling that you are always being sold something. Maybe it’s an idea. Maybe it’s an online service. Maybe it’s dinner. Maybe it’s the Pandora’s box of sensual delights that will transform you into an ego-tripping love hustler.
What does this have to do with mindfulness? A lot! A key component to any mindful moment is seeing things for what they are. Maybe you are shopping, but maybe you aren’t. Maybe, you are being told what will give you your finally perfect egoic identity. Maybe, just maybe, you can spot the pitches and shut them down.
The truth is that that this moment contains all that you need. If you need answers, are you honoring your inner Buddha? Or, are you going to Google?
If you need love, are you opening your heart to others or are you looking for the best transaction that you might qualify for either in the bar or on Ashley Madison?
If you wish to learn — who are you allowing to teach you?
I am sure you recognize that there are legitimate assaults on your sensibilities. I notice the targeted marketing that overwhelms my email, that informs the advertisements when I use a search engine, and that really is spreading like a wild fire throughout our world and the experience we have of living.
The single most dangerous idea out there is that you are incomplete and that you can become complete by doing more, buying more, practicing more, meditating more, praying more, and so forth. This includes all the things you are told to do less of: smoke less, drink less, sleep less, eat meat less, weigh less, stress less, trust less, love less. Take a moment to think about ways in which you’ve been given a message along these lines. Sure, it’s easy to say, “smoking less is actually going to be good for me”, but is that all that you are buying? What suggestion comes next? Soon enough, have you enslaved yourself to some product or healthy living ideology and consented to giving away your sovereign choices over your own body?
I don’t mean to be alarmist. Certainly, being reactionary toward all these pitches defeats the benefits of being open, authentic, and objective. Reacting is not mindful. Responding, or not responding, is a choice that honors truth, your values, and doesn’t treat the external world as a predator.
I am sure this post has given you a lot to think about. If there is a single take away, it is this, you are being sold things and you can bring your consciousness to this. Yo can make decisions that reflect your true nature and expose the delusions of not being enough, of the compulsive need for more, the obsessive anxiety for less, and the ultimate lie that you don’t have the answers.
You are sufficient in whatever form you are taking.
You have everything you need for this moment. May the riches come forth from your heart.
Don’t worry about living a perfect life. Just live a life; don’t overthink it. Nobody get’s out alive!