“Attachment is the source of all suffering.” – Buddha
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The rich grow poor and go hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.
This seems paradoxical.
The rich grow poor and go hungry?
It doesn’t seem like that’s what happens!
These types of teachings are much like the Zen Buddhist koans which are paradoxical riddles.
While those who are rich in monetary wealth and possessions may seem to be quite well off, they may actually be quite empty spiritually.
I believe this is why Jesus stated that “it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God” (Matthew 19:24).
When you have lots of possessions it is much easier to allow those possessions to take over your life.
It is easy to become attached to them, to self-identify with them.
When this happens, Thomas Merton would say that you are living as a “false self.”
You are actually quite poor and empty of the spiritual riches that God wants for you.
The problem is not the possessions but the attachment to them.
When your mind is preoccupied with possessions and self-image, you are missing the current moment.
It takes a lot of letting go and self-emptying to paradoxically discover your true self, the unique divine reflection that you are of your loving Creator.
Some type of practice of letting go such as meditation or Centering Prayer is very helpful.
When you awaken to the now and can observe your mind’s addictive thoughts and not become attached to them, you have found the peace of Christ that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7).
You truly “lack no good thing.”
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