I have always had a problem with envy of those who have more than me. I suffer from the idea that comfort equals happiness. All the while I was wishing I could medicate myself like the wealthy do with more and more comforts. I still struggle with this false notion, this “drug.” Below, Ram Dass speaks eloquently about this.
As you observe the patterns of your thoughts during meditation, notice which areas of your life keep cropping up as distracting thoughts and pulling on you. You will easily see what you must clean out of your closet in order to proceed more smoothly. For example, if you have heavy debts, and thoughts about these debts intrude when you meditate, rather than accrue more and more debts as our society urges, you will find yourself wanting to lessen them. As you simplify things like your finances, you see more clearly the way the laws of cause and effect work in your life. You will want to get your life lighter and clearer, so that there are fewer expectations upon you from all quarters. Later, when your meditative center is strong, you can carry many responsibilities without clinging to thoughts about them.
Each time you lighten your life, you are less at the whim of thought forms, both your own and others’. It’s as if you have built a world based on the thoughts of who you seem to be. As you meditate you become aware that these models are merely thoughts, not really who you are at all. Each time you give up an attachment to a thought form, your world becomes that much lighter and clearer.
Meditation affects your life and your life shapes your meditation. It goes both ways. Less busyness in life brings greater richness in meditation. This richness makes you content with less of the trimmings of outer life. As this process continues, less is more.
– Ram Dass