The weather has warmed up so it feels like Summer has arrived. As the school year ends, I want to congratulate all our high school and college grads. It has been a tough year so I am very proud that everyone persevered through the obstacles and completed their academic studies. OMEDETOU!!!
Now that the Covid restrictions are easing and we are starting to venture out more, I would like to share this lesson from the Buddha is our Teacher book. It is important for children to learn to distinguish between real needs and mere wants.
What to do when you feel dizzy with greed?
Have you ever wanted something so badly you couldn't stand it? Did you ever ask for a new toy or videogame over and over again? Maybe you felt sad when your parents didn't buy what you wanted. Even so, did you really need it? Or did you forget about it the very next day?
In the heat of the moment, you might think you can't live without something. But the truth is, you don't really need everything that you want. Your heart has a mind of its own. If you're not careful, you might find yourself wanting a great many things. If you ever feel greedy, try to remember the phrase, "I'm fine without it."
"Whenever you feel full of greed and want something your eyes can see, ask yourself, ' Do I really need this?' The answer is almost always, 'No'."
Now that we don't need to "stay home" and are venturing out more, we may see material items that we think we have been deprived of getting this past year. Although it's okay to celebrate our new "normal", let's ask ourselves, "Do I really need this?"
Stay safe and healthy.