Posted by: Upāsaka | 04/24/2015

The Snare

It happened again: I was caught in the state of acquisitiveness and almost didn’t realize it until it was too late. At present we are contemplating buying the assets of a former competitor and are taking a closer look at our financials in order to determine the best course forward. Throughout this process I have been silently comparing myself to my partner’s financial position as well as that of others around me, secretly feeling sorry for myself and turning my future prospects over and over in my head. This, along with the fact that most of the people I speak to on a daily basis are themselves subject to the right worldly concerns, means that I am lucky not to have fallen any further down the rabbit hole.

What do I need? What can I get that’s worth holding onto? Can I change my financial status not without doing irreparable harm to my relationships with friends and family? When I see things in the light of the Dhamma or is all so clear but when I forget myself I become a slave to gain.

May we develop mudita for the good fortune of others, contentedness with what we have and put our resources to use in the pursuit of spiritual growth.

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